Yearly Archive: 2020

2020 Annual Report

We would never be able to thank and mention everyone who has supported Hope over this 12-month period, so this report is dedicated to all those who are a part of the Hope Community. From the ever-dedicated Board members, the passionate and committed staff team, and the myriad of volunteers including peer supporters, fundraisers and... Read more

22nd Annual Remembering Service

22nd Annual Remembering Service for remembering our babies & children who have died from conception to 18 years taking place over live video link this year Monday evening, 7 December 2020 7.30pm—8.30pm The evening is being hosted by Tracey Paech, Michelle Watkins, Lynette Robertson & Deanne Bandel who will bring reflections about each season of... Read more

2020 Walk of Hope (virtual)

Hope Bereavement Care is holding its 10th Annual Walk of Hope on Sunday 18th October. The Walk of Hope commemorates International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Each year over 200 families and friends have met at Rippleside Park and walked together to honour the memory of their precious children. Although we can’t be together... Read more

Grief, Trauma and COVID-19

Jesuit Social Services have produced a new fact sheet on Bereavement that is traumatic, The impact of COVID-19 and most importantly what we can do to help us manage. Develop new rituals Become visible Create routine and structure Adjust networks Hold the time frame Share your frustrations with others Find common ground Hold on to... Read more

Our partners JSS release a report on Family perceptions of how Victoria responds to people at risk of suicide and their loved ones

“We were fighting the system as well as the illness.” Family perceptions of how Victoria responds to people at risk of suicide and their loved ones In 2019 Support After Suicide conducted a research project looking at how bereaved people and their loved one experienced the mental health system. In total 142 former and current participants took... Read more

Freemasons Foundation of Victoria provides critical funding for Hope’s Support after Suicide program

Hope Bereavement Care (Hope) would like to acknowledge and thank the Freemasons Foundation of Victoria and the Freemasons of the Bellarine and Otway District, for their ongoing and generous support of our Support After Suicide (SAS) program. The Freemasons Foundation of Victoria has provided funding to ensure Hope’s Support after Suicide program continues for the rest... Read more

SPAN 2020 Suicide Awareness Virtual Walk

SPAN has been holding its Suicide Awareness Walk annually since 2010, and this year would have been its 11th Anniversary Walk! A dream of its founding members, the Walk is a positive, active community event where people can come together and pay tribute to lost loved ones, offer support to those hurting and ultimately embrace... Read more

Covid news

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Community supporters encouraged to consider monthly donations, Giving Hope to our region

Hope Bereavement Care is calling for supporters of the service to help people grieving in our community, by considering a monthly donation to the not-for-profit organisation. Established in 1985, Hope is a community partnership that provides free information support and counselling when grieving the death of a baby or child, a loved one or after suicide.... Read more

New Resource – Supporting a young person bereaved by suicide

Keep it truthful and consistent—It might be hard to say but say it. Give correct information in a loving, direct and compassionate way Encourage them to talk about it and ask questions whenever they need to. Understand the grieving process. Young people will often want to spend time together, so allow them time. headspace have... Read more