Support groups

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Comfort and support from those who can empathise

Facilitated by a qualified Griefline counsellor

Integrating psychoeducation, evidence-based interventions and the personal experiences of the group to normalise grief, navigate emotional distress, reduce isolation and foster resilience.

Our group program draws upon the emotional benefits of peer support, in conjunction with evidence-backed information to help reduce the stigma that can be associated with grief, and building an understanding that each person experiences grief in a different way.

Group support framework and format

Hope and healing after loss

A closed group environment for individuals seeking group support after the loss of a loved one. The purpose of this group is to support the health and wellbeing of participants who have lost a loved one by creating a safe space for participants to connect with people, share personal experiences and learn ways to cope and cultivate self-compassion to move through their grief and find hope after loss.

Groups details

Size

Maximum of 6 participants (a minimum of 5 required)

Dates

Each group meets on a weekly basis, over four (4) consecutive weeks. The 2022 start dates are:
12th July, 16th August, 9th September, 8th November

Time and Location

Option 1: 10 am to 12 pm, face-to-face at the Griefline head office in St Kilda, Victoria
Option 2: 6 pm to 8 pm, online (via Zoom)

Cost

Our support groups are free, however you may wish to purchase a grief care pack for $50.00 (plus postage)

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Participating in the Griefline group support program

To be eligible to register for our online support groups, you must be aged 25+ and living in Australia.

To be eligible to register for the face-to-face support groups, you must be aged 25+, and live within the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and be able to attend our office in St Kilda, Victoria.

To register yourself or a patient/client, please complete the form below.

Support groups registration

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Frequently asked questions

Residents aged over 25 years of age who live in Australia are able to register to participate in the online support groups.

Residents aged over 25 years of age who live within the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network region are able to register to participate in the face-to-face support groups held at the Griefline head office in St Kilda, Victoria. If you are unsure whether you live within this region, you can check here by entering your address. If you require assistance, or have further questions about eligibility, you are welcome to contact us at [email protected]

A member of the Griefline intake team will receive the registration from the website and make a phone call to explain the support group process and discuss with you the program benefits.

If it is determined that the you may benefit from participating in the program, you will be appointed to the next available group. Alternatively, you may be referred to other free Griefline support services and resources or a more suitable third-party partner.

It is preferred you are able to attend all four of the group sessions, as each session builds on what has been discussed and shared in previous groups.

The care pack includes tools and products you can use to support your self-care experience.

Including:

  • 2 x 7 minute guided meditations
  • a porcelain light bowl
  • 3 x beeswax candles
  • 1 x hand-blended loose leaf tea

For more information and to purchase a grief care pack, click here

Yes. Griefline will be running support groups throughout 2022. Please submit an expression of interest using the form above, and include your requested dates/times. Griefline will look to schedule groups based on demand, however, not all requests will be able to be met.

For support groups held at the Griefline office, light refreshments (hot beverage and a sweet biscuit) are provided.

Yes. Participants will receive an email with links on how to access and download zoom, and access the online support group. If you have any questions after reading the email, please contact our Admin team at [email protected]

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