Grief resources

Grief in children

Children are deeply affected by the death of someone they love or care about. Even the youngest children are able to sense loss and experience grief. They may express their reactions and emotions directly or they may try to outwardly appear unconcerned about the event. In either case they will be...

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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 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 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 carers

A carer is someone who provides care and support for a parent, partner, child, or friend who has a disability, is frail, aged, or who has a chronic mental or physical illness. Carers come from all cultural and social backgrounds and range greatly in age. Some care for love alone;...

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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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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

Whilst death is part of life, some deaths occur in circumstances where it is difficult to know exactly what has happened. People may have died naturally, but the actual cause is uncertain or people may have died in road or other accidents, by drowning, homicide, suicide or be lost at sea - cases where...

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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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