Bereavement support groups, Geelong

Hope Bereavement Care Support Groups Flyer 2021 2022


Hope Bereavement Care in Geelong works closely with select bereavement support groups that can help people grieving the death of a child,the death of an adult and Grieving After Suicide.

Hope Bereavement Care can put people in touch with the relevant support group to help them with their bereavement. For information about Geelong and district bereavement support groups contact Hope Bereavement Care for details.

  • 'Drop In' Coffee Group Support Group
  • Purpose: An informal group for parents who have lost a child of any age from any cause.
  • Meet: Second Tuesday of each month: 10.00am to midday in a Newtown coffee shop.
  • Notes: Partnering With The Compassionate Friends (Victoria).
  • After Suicide Loss Support Group
  • Purpose: We know that there are some unique issues faced by people who have lost a loved one to suicide. This is an opportunity to meet and connect with other people who have lost someone to suicide
  • Meet: Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Notes: This group is facilitated by Hope staff at Kitchener House
  • Empty Arms Parent Support Group
  • Purpose: For families and friends who have suffered a loss from a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, either recently or in the past.
  • Meet: First Thursday evening of the month. 7:00pm-9:00pm at Kitchener House
  • Support after Suicide Men’s Program
  • Purpose: This monthly group is for bereaved men to meet other men who have lost a loved one to suicide. Each month there will be a guest speaker who will share their own thoughts and experiences that will provide points for discussion and an opportunity for questions during the evening.
  • Meet: Please contact us for information about this group and meeting times.
  • Early Bereavement Group (Support After Suicide)
  • Purpose: This four week group is an opportunity to meet other people also affected by suicide and to assist you in understanding the trauma and grief that follows. The group will provide a range of strategies to help you to minimise and manage the stress associated with such a traumatic loss. This group is recommended for people who are between 3-24 months bereaved.
  • Meet: Please contact us for the next group dates.
  • Support after Suicide Peer Support Coffee Mornings
  • Purpose: This informal catchup, facilitated by trained volunteers who have experienced suicide bereavement, is suitable for those who want to connect with those who have had a similar experience.
  • Meet: First Tuesday of the month at 10.00am. Held at a local cafe

"A highlight of my work would definitely be the  Learning to Live with Loss program 4 week program.  After the group, these women have continued linking in with other women who have had lost a partner at monthly support group catch ups. Its amazing seeing previous attendees come and speak to other women and share their personal journeys. Great Peer support'. Christine, Hope Counsellor, 2019

Empty Arms. “Being a bereaved parent is extremely lonely. Meeting other bereaved parents makes you no longer alone. You have a group of people who will be there for you. We have all made some friends out of it and we remember each other’s children’s birthdays and anniversaries. Where other people forget, they never forget.” Janet - 2020

Creative Bereavement. 'There was this feeling that you could share (your story) and it was balanced as well. ' Lesley 2020

Loved being around others to know you’re not alone. Even though I have my family, having people outside of that can help open you up more. The group was beautiful and I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it. As the first week I didn’t want to get out of the car!! Anon, 2019