Support services when a child dies

There are support services to help you after the death of a child.

It may seem difficult at first to take part in social groups and activities. You may or may not want people around you. There are support services such as counsellors available to help in times of grief.

Talk with your doctor or local community health centre about your situation. They can give you information, and refer you to support and counselling services.

We have financial help available.

There are other support services and information you may find helpful. The following links will take you away from our website.

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has online resources for grief.

Bears of Hope provide support for families who experience the loss of their baby.

Beyond Blue provides confidential counselling services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Griefline provides telephone and online counselling services.

headspace is the national youth mental health foundation. They can help young people who are going through a tough time.

Head to Health is a digital mental health gateway for online and phone mental health services.

Lifeline is a national charity open to all Australians in personal crisis. They have 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. You can also contact a counsellor.

MensLine Australia provides confidential counselling services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Red nose grief and loss provides online and telephone services to support parents and their families after the death of a child

SANDS provides support for bereaved parents following pregnancy loss from miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.

Solace Australia provides support for people who have lost their partner.

Stillbirth Foundation Australia provides support for every person impacted by stillbirth.

The Compassionate Friends Australia - provides friendship and understanding to support bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of a child of any age.

You can also contact a counsellor through organisations such as:

Page last updated: 25 September 2023.
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