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GriefLink: Australian National Bushfire Emergency 2019 – 2020

We at GriefLink are very aware of the devastating impact of this summer’s Australian Bushfire Emergency.  People have lost family members and friends, property of various sizes, livestock, wild animals and pets, income, as well as a sense of security and future. We are also aware that, according to current forecasts, the emergency will continue for the next few months, and this can leave people with a heightened sense of insecurity and fear.  Volunteer firefighters have spent longer battling these blazes than ever before, and experience their own sense of exhaustion and emotional confusion while working with all their strength and ingenuity to deal with the enormity of the problem before them.

As a national family, we may all be asking how we can best support the people directly affected by the fires and prepare ourselves for future events like this.

We are aware of the emotional turmoil and grief which so many people are going through now and into the future; we know that dealing with grief of any kind is something which takes time and support.

To all those affected by the fires, please know that you are in our thoughts now and into the future.

We hope that you will find some of the information and links on our website a comfort as you deal with the many different feelings or emotions you may be experiencing.

Further information about coping with grief can be found  here  and information about grief and the loss of livestock here  and loss of a pet here

For information specifically about bushfires, trauma and grief, click here.

Please don’t hesitate to seek help if you are feeling despairing or overwhelmed.

Stay well,

The GriefLink Management Committee

January, 2020