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Suicide and grief

Suicide is known as the silent killer, not only often taking us by surprise in terms of 'who' but also for the difficulty of reporting on the actual numbers of people lost to and affected by suicide. Losing someone close through suicide can lead to a whole range of emotions...

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Grief reactions in men

It's very hard not to be influenced by, and to promote, stereotypes in the different ways in which men and women grieve. Yet, we know that men and women tend to grieve in different ways. Australian society has generally expected that men fulfill a protector/provider role, and that women fulfill a...

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Grief reactions in different cultures

A great number or Australians were born outside this country, grew up in different cultural environments, and speak a language other than English as their first language. When someone close to us dies, we mourn this loss inwardly (we might refer to this as the inner experience of grief) but we...

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Grief in young people

Grief that young people experience may often be caused by sudden and tragic deaths. Friends might die suddenly from car accidents, illness, drug overdoses, violence or suicide but parents and other family may also be lost through illness or sudden events. Their deaths may be completely "out of the blue" and come as a major...

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Grief in HIV/AIDS related death

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have challenged society over the past four decades. Issues for HIV positive people are complex and may complicate the processes of grief, public expressions of mourning and post death healing. Attitudes To People Who Are HIV Positive Community attitudes have...

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Grief after the death of a parent

The death of a parent, at any age, is a very significant event. It can challenge your emotional world and your identity. Whether your relationship with them was close and loving, or a difficult one, you are now faced with the need to grieve for someone who has been a...

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Coping with grief

Many people feel such intense emotional pain following a death that they wonder if they can survive. It may be hard to believe in the early days, but the pain does ease and thoughts about the person who has died become more comfortable and the happy memories are treasured. Some...

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