Grief counselling

The days and months after the loss of someone dear can play out in many, varied ways, and not every friend and not every friend offers an ‘appropriate’ shoulder to cry on. Luckily, there are many services dedicated to helping people find peace within what is, inevitably, a rollercoaster of emotions.

With grief, there are no shortcuts to a ‘happie’ place. The path to healing is unchartered territory, which can only be navigated as each individual sees fit. But often talking to someone objective can make an enormous difference to daily life, helping, even just a little, to lift the fog of sadness and pain.

If you think talking to a professional or even joining a support group might make your day a bit easier, get in touch with one of the following organisations now.

Griefnet has almost 50 email support groups. Its companion site, , provides a safe environment for kids and their parents to find information and ask questions.

GriefLink is an information resource on death-related grief for the community and professionals. The site is based in South Australia, so some information about support services and educational activities is specific to that state.

The national association of grief and loss is a not-for-profit organisation, which works to raise awareness of the issues around grief and loss. It has state offices in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The Victorian branch website’s ‘Finding help’ page is a great resource. You can also download a pamphlet called ‘Loss, grief and bereavement’.