Resources for grieving an adult

Grief after sudden and unexpected death
– a resource map that we hope helps navigating the journey of grief after sudden and unexpected death a little easier


Helpful links


‘What do I do now?’
– information from the Coroners Court of Victoria on what to do after a loved one has passed

Australian Funeral Directors Association
– information on what to consider when arranging a funeral

Bereavement Assistance
– providing funerals for Victorians who can’t afford a commercial service

MyGriefAssist tip sheets
– tip sheets covering the key information and processes related to arranging a funeral



Grief Australia
– formerly the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, offering free grief and loss resources and counselling

– free phone support, support groups, online forums and grief and loss resources

The Compassionate Friends Victoria
– supporting grieving parents, siblings and grandparents in the event of the death of a child, of any age and from any cause

Motherless Daughters Australia
– specialising in support, research and awareness for girls and women who have lost their mother

Amber Community
– formerly Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, providing counselling and support to people impacted by road trauma

– a New Zealand-based support service for people of all ages, specialising in grief, loss and trauma

Cruse Bereavement Support
– a United Kingdom-based charity offering bereavement information, including stories of lived experience

‘Grief – a guided journal’ by Jo Betz
– a journal with guided prompts for those wishing to explore their grief after the death of a loved one

‘Guilt and the ‘Fair Trial”
– a fact sheet from Jesuit Social Services’ Support After Suicide program that relates to any type of bereavement



Wombat’s Wish
– a local service supporting parentally bereaved children to find a way to live with grief and loss

Feel the Magic
– an Australian charity providing grief education programs for kids aged 7 to 18 who have lost a parent, guardian or sibling

– information for young people on understanding grief and loss

– supporting young people dealing with grief and loss due to cancer

Dougy Center
– a United States-based organisation offering resources to help children and young adults understand their grief



Good Mourning (Sally Douglas and Imogen Carn)

Griefcast (Cariad Lloyd)

Healthy Widow Healthy Woman (Modern Widows Club)

Terrible, Thanks for Asking (Feelings & Co)

What’s Your Grief?


Facebook pages

Widow Dark Thirty (a dark humour support group)

Young, Widowed & Dating


* For 24-hour support for those grieving the loss of a loved one, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Note that Griefline (call 1300 845 745) also offers phone support for bereaved people and that Kids Helpline (call 1800 55 1800) offers 24-hour support for children and young adults aged 5-25.