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

‘Born in One Country, Dying in Another – Power of Story’

The ‘Born in One Country, Dying in Another – Power of Story’ seminar held on Wednesday 13 September, was a showcase of stories from the Chinese and Indian communities with other community leaders and GriefLine volunteers. The speakers provided insight into their experiences in the community, the challenges in both...
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Ageing parents seek a listening ear

An increasing number of ageing parents are calling GriefLine about the stress and worry that comes with looking after a child with poor mental health. According to Kathy Wells, Manager Helpline & Bereavement Counsellor, the incidence of calls has increased over the year and appears to be spearheaded by the...
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New grant helps to extend children’s program

GriefLine is set to expand its children and youth counselling program, thanks to a $30,000 grant. The three-year grant will enable GriefLine to re-start the What About Me program, run an awareness campaign about GriefLine and its programs in schools, and, eventually, extend the service to another day. Susan Mathew,...
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Ray Chamberlain, Co-Founder, The Chamberlain Foundation

“I have chosen to embark on the challenge of cycling 600+ km’s from Docklands Stadium in Melbourne through the heart of regional Victoria and back home to Melbourne”. The Razor ride is a signature event of the Chamberlain Foundation, which I started with my brothers Peter and Brian to raise...
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Grief is an often-forgotten part of Mental Illness

GriefLine’s counsellors are already gearing up for additional calls as Mental Health Week (8 – 14 October 2017) approaches. Although media focus attention is usually on the ‘illness’ itself, grief is rarely discussed in public. We know from our work that many people who suffer from mental illness also experience...
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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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