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 services it delivered. These include loss and grief community education, extending the helpline to rural areas and then to serve migrants from Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia. Our telephone counselling helpline extended from Victoria to Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania in 2013, and two years later into Western Australia.
None of this would have been possible without the bipartisan support GriefLine has enjoyed at both federal and state levels, as well as from the many agencies, such as LifeLine and beyondblue who regularly refer people to us.
Nor would our work be possible without our 200 professional allied health volunteers. They are indeed our life blood, and our link to the thousands of Australians who call each year for support through their own particular journeys of loss and grief.