Grief resources

Grief following the death of a child

The death of a child is one of the most difficult losses anyone can experience. The death of a young child will seem tragic and unfair to their parents, carers, family members and friends. The death of an adult child is also a great loss for parents and also may...

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Grief following sudden or unexpected death

A sudden, unexpected death can raise some complex issues for the bereaved person. A sudden death can catch people out and test what resources they have for coping. What Is Meant By Sudden And Unexpected Death? A sudden or unexpected death can occur through a medical event such as a...

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Grief associated with cancer and illness related death

Learning The Diagnosis The diagnosis or a life-threatening illness such as cancer, dementia, motor neurone or other neurological diseases, cardiac or respiratory disease, or kidney failure, is a devastating event for all involved. It can bring with it a range of intense emotions and reactions, which may include sadness, anger,...

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Grief associated with military service

Veterans In The Contemporary Context In the past, a veteran was often seen as a male who fought in an overseas conflict. Currently, however, veterans may be better understood as those of any gender who have served in any role in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This change recognises increasing...

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Grief after death in the workplace

People go to work expecting “business as usual” and to go home at the end of the day to their families. The last thing they expect is for a co-worker to die in the workplace, from natural causes, or as a result of a tragic event. When a death does...

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The grief of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Australia’s First Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face grief through the range of losses which confront all people, but added to this are historical losses of country, language, family, culture and traditions. Multiple Historical Losses For Aboriginal People Following British settlement in Australia, Aboriginal populations were decimated initially by introduced diseases. but...

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Role of the coroner

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Some deaths occur in circumstances that make it difficult to know exactly what has happened. Some people die naturally, but the actual cause is unknown or uncertain. Others die in road or other accidents, or by drowning, homicide, or suicide – situations where bodies may not be found or may be difficult to...

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The workplace and grief

After a death of a close relative or friend it is customary for the bereaved person to be allowed three days of compassionate leave from work. This is often not sufficient time for the funeral to be arranged or for the bereaved person to recover sufficiently emotionally. Some people find...

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Unrecognised or hidden grief

Would you know if someone close to you had a significant loss? Most people would confidently reply "Yes!" We generally expect to recognise the grief of family and friends. However, many major losses and the grief that follows can remain hidden from others or unacknowledged. There is a name to...

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What is Grief?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What Is Grief? Grief is a natural human response to loss. We face many losses in our lives, and the grief that follows affects us all in different ways. The loss of someone or something we value can have a huge impact on our emotional and physical health, and...

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