Support for Bereavement
Guiding you through grief and loss
Lifeline WA’s bereavement program offers counselling to families and individuals, including children, before, during and after times of loss and grief.
Our Lifeline WA counsellors are well qualified and are supported by specialist training in grief and more complex bereavement. We welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds to access our counselling service and we actively work to be inclusive and provide a safe space to everyone. We work with each client using an individualised approach to achieve the best possible outcomes, treating everyone with respect, regardless of sex, sexuality, gender, ability, culture or religion.
Bereavement is traditionally linked to death and the grief that one feels after the loss of a loved one. However, feelings of bereavement can also be associated with other loss such as; the loss of a relationship; loss of a pet; loss of a job; a change to your way of life; or loss of important possessions. Grief is a normal response to life events and everyone will go through this, to varying degrees, at some point in their lives.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve and there is no set time limit to grieving. When we lose someone or something important to us, it can rock our world. We are often faced with having to revise, and relearn our sense of self, our identity and our understanding of the world. This process can be challenging and takes time. It can be even harder if the circumstances of the loss were unexpected, sudden or traumatic.
Grief can impact people on many levels:
- Physically - Many people report a sharp pain or tightness in the chest or stomach area
- Emotionally - You might find yourself feeling a wide range of feelings, which can change from moment to moment
- Mentally - You might find yourself trying hard to make sense of things, not believing it or having troubling thoughts
- Behaviour – Your behaviour may change, including not being able to eat, sleep or concentrate.
During these times especially, you need to be kind to yourself and allow yourself to work through it at your own pace. It’s also important to ask for support if needed. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone who is not a family member or friend. This may include one of our trained and experienced counsellors here at Lifeline WA.
Referrals to Lifeline WA’s bereavement counselling can be made directly by the individual/s or facilitated by an agency by contacting 9261 4451 or emailing email@example.com
. The service can be accessed across all of Western Australia by telephone or video call (secure link available thanks to our partners at the Statewide Telehealth Service at WA Health).
This program is funded by the Department of Local Government and Communities.
To book an appointment call (08) 9261 4451