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

Trivia Night a great success

Around 150 people turned out on a blustery evening at the South Oakleigh Club to take part in GriefLine’s annual trivia night. All proceeds from the night are going towards children experiencing trauma from domestic violence or those who have lost a parent to cancer. From start to end, the...
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The good and difficult reality of being a migrant

The recent Census results highlight a changing Australia, with one quarter of Australians born overseas and an increasing number in Asia and not Europe. The statistic tells many stories but what it does not show is the reality of being a migrant in Australia, and what that means when it...
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Born in One Country Dying in Another – The Power of Story

The impact of a dual nationality, together with differences in culture, become more noticeable as migrants age, according to GriefLine’s CEO Catherine Cini. This complex topic is the subject of a GriefLine seminar and panel discussion on 13 September. Born in One Country Dying in Another provides an opportunity for...
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Hao Wu puts study into reality

Hao Wu is a familiar face and voice around GriefLine. As a volunteer, Hao is a telephone counsellor and he also works closely with others to set up a specific telephone counselling service for Chinese migrants. Hao came to Australia from Nanjing as an international student in 2006, studying Bachelor...
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How does family violence affect children?

One in four children experience or witness family violence. Children’s exposure to family violence can take many forms, including: being subjected to deliberate or accidental violence overhearing violence intervening on behalf of a parent or other person, and experiencing the aftermath of violence, such as being cared for by a...
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GriefLine’s children’s program turns a life around

It is difficult being a teenager at the best of times but when you have directly experienced family violence and seen your mother beaten, teenage years become more difficult. Susan Mathew, Children and Family Counsellor, sees many teenagers but of all of them, there is one young 15-year-old who reminds...
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From the CEO

The promise of spring and new beginnings is in the air. It is always wonderful to see buds blossoming on trees, feel the warmth of sunshine on our backs, and watch people smile at each other and take time to sit in the park. With spring brings hope, and that...
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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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