Grief and loss is something we will all face at different times throughout our lives. Whether it is the death of our pets, our friends, our children, siblings or parents; the experience and expression of grief in response to these losses can be a very personal and individual thing. Grief can also arise in anticipation of loss. For those living with life-limiting illness, living with the loss of social role and professional identity can be especially challenging.
Thoughts about old, new and future losses can be particularly common during the festive season. For some of us, it may represent an anniversary of the death of a loved one, and bring with it painful memories of loss. Some might be facing their first Christmas ‘alone’, while others may be grappling with the possibility of celebrating their ‘last Christmas’.
While living with grief and loss is a personal experience, we don’t have to endure it on our own. As a community, there are many ways that we can support each other. Join Palliverse and Palliative Care Australia CEO Liz Callaghan (@PCACEO) to reflect on 2016 and talk about grief and loss.
Carers and people with palliative care needs are especially welcome, as are health professionals, researchers, policymakers and interested community members!
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Also check out Palliative Care Australia’s guide to living with grief over the holiday period, and “The Fog of Grief During the Holidays” by RN and grief survivor Rhonda O’Neill.
Also thanks to Palliative Care Australia for this list of (Australian) services available if you are struggling with grief and loss:
- Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement: 1800 642 066
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/who-can-assist
- Carers Australia: 1800 242 636
- Government social worker: 132 850
- Lifeline (24/7): 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline (24/7): 1800 55 1800
- Parentline: 1300 30 1300
- Mensline (24/7): 1300 78 99 78
- Sids and Kids Bereavement Support Line for parents who have lost a child (24/7): 1300 308 307