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Read about the wonderful people working and volunteering for GriefLine. They each bring life and energy to our work.

Clea De Vries – volunteer grief counsellor

Clea De Vries is a GriefLine volunteer. She reflects on her experiences six months on: “I originally came to GriefLine because I was looking for a volunteer helpline work to support my transition into a career in counselling. I am particularly drawn to trauma because I feel that post-traumatic stress disorder...
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Using positive memories to cope with loss and grief

Think of a recent positive memory of being with another person. Move around the memory, engaging all senses as you do. Let it broaden in your mind. Where are you? What do you see? Turn your focus on the other person. Focus on his or her face. What do you...
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Supporting the Victoria Police with their community outreach

GriefLine has been working with the Victorian Police and their outreach program since 2014 by supporting people who have experienced sudden death and trauma. The referrals are to support witnesses, family, friends or anyone associated with incidents which have involved police attendance. Kathy Wells, Manager of the Helpline and Bereavement...
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Establishing a strong and robust volunteer program

When it comes to establishing a strong and robust volunteer program, there is no better person to share insights than Kathy Wells, Manager Helpline & Bereavement Counsellor. Kathy spoke recently at a conference hosted by Volunteering Victoria about the rigour behind GriefLine’s volunteer program, and especially the screening process. “One...
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More Than A Trivia Night

Date: Saturday, August 5th, 2017 Time: 6.30 -10.30 Venue: South Oakleigh Club, 1 Victor Road, East Bentleigh, Vic 3165 Cost: $24 per head Light supper provided. Drinks at bar price Make up a table of 10 or join a table. Bookings essential – jennyf@griefline.org.au. Tel. (03) 9935 7444.   Our annual trivia...
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Our logo

Have you ever wondered what the story behind our logo is? It is a listening shell, moving from dark to light, to symbolise the eventual healing process.

From the Executive Director – Grief is masked

Everyone suffers grief in different ways. For children, the grief is masked by silence especially at school. Girls often withdraw from school while boys behave badly or show up late. Our children’s program is designed to support and encourage people aged four to 18 to recognise and talk about their...
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GriefLine giving circle

GriefLine is looking to establish a giving circle program to grow donations and supporters. Giving Circles are an increasingly popular form of encouraging supporters to give regularly, become more involved in understanding the issues and ‘wicked’ problems that organisations like GriefLine are trying to solve. The GriefLine Giving Circle will...
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Join the Razor Ride for a life changing experience

The Razor Ride is back in 2017, and once again is supporting GriefLine and R U OK Day. Starting in the Docklands in Melbourne and running from the 20 to 25 November 2017, this years’ fully supported event will take riders through some of Victoria’s most iconic cycling locations including...
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Spotlight on Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton became a GriefLine volunteer in September 2015. Like many volunteers, she has been touched by loss and grief. In her case, it was the premature death of her third child. While in hospital in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, she was deeply moved by the compassionate care of...
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Leadership for a volunteer organisation

What is the role of a leadership team in building a resilient, sustainable and productive volunteer workforce? Kathy Wells, GriefLine’s Manager Helpline & Bereavement Counsellor, is presenting at Volunteering Victoria’s conference in June on how GriefLine’s leadership team has built a sustainable volunteer program over the past 30 years. Volunteers...
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Federal Budget Offers Little for Volunteering

Volunteering has been sidelined this year in the Federal Budget, according to Catherine Cini, CEO of GriefLine. “While GriefLine recognises that $10 million has been allocated towards volunteer grants for 2017 – 2018, this funding does not acknowledge the backroom work undertaken to ensure effective volunteering,” she said. There are...
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Saving Face: Support for the ageing Chinese community

GriefLine is set to expand its helpline to support the ageing Chinese community, thanks to funding by the Kingston Charitable Fund, a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. The new program builds on the organisation’s extensive experience supporting migrants, refugees and international students from Greek and Italian,...
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A snapshot of our past

We were established in 1987 with bipartisan support by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, and operated as part of the outreach department at Caulfield’s Bethlehem Hospital. By 2007, GriefLine became an independent, not-for-profit organisation, continuing its essential work of counselling those in need but growing in the...
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From the CEO

GriefLine turns 30 this year, an anniversary that provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our achievements as well as rue the fact that our services are more vital than ever. Over the past 30 years we have supported hundreds of thousands of people across Australia who come to...
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