About Grief Support
Grief Support is a 24 hour telephone support service
operated by trained volunteers who provide a listening ear for those wishing to talk about
the losses they have suffered.
All calls are confidential and anonymous. Where appropriate, we refer callers to
community services and agencies
It is part of grief support's policy to increase
understanding and raise awareness in the community of grief reactions that can follow loss
of any kind; we therefore have a number of volunteers who are available to speak to
schools, community groups or other interested organisations.
Grief support provides a caring &
listening ear 24 hours a day
Grief Support's Origins
In 1981, a series of seminars at
Hornsby & Ku-ring-gai Hospital identified the need for ongoing support for those in
grief. While there was often adequate support and concern at the time of loss, many
people continued to feel the need for someone to turn to, months or even years later.
What is Grief?
Grief is the emotional response to loss. It
can be an extremely intense & painful process affecting our ability to cope with
normal everyday life. Each individual's experience if grief is personal &
unique, but the feelings that sometimes surface at this time can often cause great anxiety
Most people are aware of the grief experienced after
a death, divorce or separation, but life is full of painful losses.
There are Social Losses, such as the loss of a friend, country or
culture; retirement, retrenchment & losses associated with drugs/alcohol &
Emotional Losses including role or
status; home; caring for someone with a terminal illness; family breakup; organ donation;
emotional, physical or sexual abuse; loneliness; loss of youth; body image; loss of dreams
and expectations, and many more.
Physical Losses, such as health and
mobility; any of the senses or body part; injury or sexual impotence.
Property Loss through burglary & theft.
About our Volunteers
Grief Support volunteers have all undergone an
intensive training program to understand the nature of grief & bereavement in order to
be able to provide empathic support.
Continuing training of our volunteers takes place at regular workshops, at which support,
guidance & an update of resources is provided.
There is an excellent & unique debriefing procedure at Grief Support, & at all
times, our volunteers have the support of our Professional Advisory group, who have
wide experience & a Keen interest in the field of grief & loss.
Training courses for our volunteers are conducted twice yearly, for a duration of
approximately 48 hours over a period of two weeks.
Suitable trainees are then eligible to become members of grief Support.
Grief Support Inc
PO Box 423