Feeling a bit lost?

 Grief is very individual






"Grief may include strong emotions."

"A timetable doesn't apply to grief."

"There are no right or wrong 
   ways to grieve.

When someone you love has died and you grieve for the person it's common to discover that you have to relearn about the world and its' relationship to yourself  because everything has changed for you.

You may be very tearful, cry a lot and want to talk and share your memories of the person. Or you may want to avoid talking about your emotions, prefer to be silent and prefer to keep yourself busy. 
Men and women often grieve differently as they come to terms with the changes in their lives. 80-85% of  grieving people find that with support from family and friends and their own resources, they gradually can learn to live with their loss, and they don't require professional help

 Signs of grief that may suggest a need for specialist help

Difficulty doing daily life activities eg. neglecting personal hygiene, not eating Withdrawing from others
Constant feelings of hopelessness
Extreme focus on the death
Inability to enjoy life 
A dependence on Alcohol or Drugs
Excessive bitterness, anger, or guilt 
A dependence on Alcohol or Drugs


Bereavement Support Services

If you  need professional help, a number of specialist services are available.  See the following Links .

 Compassionate Friends NSW

Compassionate Friends NSW- Ph: 02  9290 2355
Go to  or call the support line  
National Association for Loss and Grief National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG)- Ph: 02 9489 6644
Go to call the support line

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)- Ph: 02 9818 8400 or 1800 651 186 
Got to or call their support line


Bereavement Service: Service NSW
This free bereavement service can help people navigate government processes
when someone they love has died. Ph: 137788 or go to

Concerned about suicide?

If a grieving family member or friend is talking about suicide or self harm, seek professional help. If you suspect a life threatening situation is likely to occur and somebody is at immediate risk of harm, Phone 000.

For deaths that were sudden or arose from a suicide the Living is for everyone website may be helpful. Go to

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