Coping with death of a child, Geelong and district

Every parent fears losing a child and when it happens, the death of a child is devastating to parents, family members, friends, workmates – the impact has a far-reaching ripple effect.

Sadly, at this greatest time of need, the overwhelming trauma of a child’s death can turn people away from those who need support the most. People sometimes avoid the bereaved not because they don’t want to help, they simply don’t know how to help, or what to say.

Hope Bereavement Care in Geelong supports parents and others affected by the death of a child, providing child bereavement counselling services in Victoria’s Barwon and South West regions.

Our trained staff members provide grief counselling for parents, including SIDS counselling and stillbirth support, and counselling and support for extended family members, family friends, workmates, school communities, emergency service personnel and service providers.

Grief counselling for the loss of a child requires specialised training and skills and our qualified counsellors work under the professional supervision of SIDS and Kids NSW and Victoria.

Recognised by its snowflake flower logo, Hope Bereavement Care provides bereavement help at the time of the crisis and through ongoing support groups under the guidance of grief counsellors and specially trained bereaved parents.

Our support groups comprise a Drop In Coffee Group for parents who have lost a child of any age; After Suicide Support Group for anybody requiring support following a suicide bereavement; Children’s Memory Mornings during the school holidays for pre-schoolers and primary aged children; Empty Arms Parent Support for families and friends who have suffered a loss from a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

We offer:

  • The support of qualified counsellors and trained parent supporters
  • A range of information resources to assist, families, support people and service providers
  • Support groups which offer bereaved people a variety of opportunities to meet other people who have endured similar experiences
  • Trauma and grief information
  • 24-hour telephone support service in Australia: Call 1800 240 400
  • Advice, education and support for groups such as emergency workers, community service providers and schools.
  • A library of resources for bereaved people.

For more information contact Hope Bereavement Care or call the 24-hour telephone support service 1300 308 307 for urgent support relating to the death of a child.

Offering free, qualified bereavement support to any person in the greater Geelong region.