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 us to talk openly about living with grief and loss.
TOPIC Living with grief and loss
DATE / TIME 10th December, 2015 @ 1900 AEDT
T1 Have you experienced grief and loss? How would you describe it? And what did you need from those around you?
T2 How do children live with grief and loss? How are they different from adults?
T3 What kinds of support are there for people living with grief and loss in your community?
T4 As a community and as individuals, how can we better support those living with grief and loss during the festive season?