Talking Grief

The New Science of Bereavement

we are more resilient than we think:

  • we are ‘wired’ to go through grief (resilience)
  • we move with our grief and can integrate it positively into our life
  • not invariant steps, stages, phases, work,
  • part of human development/growth – natural and normal
  • we revise, rebuild & relearn our lives and world
  • we oscillate between the loss & how life is being revised, rebuilt, restored, resurrected
  • we react and respond - physically, mentally, spiritually not just emotionally (behaviours, thoughts, meanings, feelings)
  • Not about letting go, closure, forgetting, moving on, coping, recovery even healing.(Grief is not an illness)
  • spiritual approach (meaning finding and meaning making) rather pathological
  • relational more than theoretical
  • we grieve in community

If you have any questions or would like to talk to one of our bereavement consultants about your own experiences of grief and loss, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to listen! 

Death does not end the story. Death does not end a relationship

Wordens Four Tasks of Mourning

"Accepting the reality of the death,
experiencing the pain of loss,
adjusting to the world
and finding an enduring spiritual connection with those who have died
... in the midst of embarking on a new life"

 ~ (Based on Worden, J. W. (2009).
Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy:
A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner,
Fourth Edition, Springer, N.Y.) ~


"Whenever we experience change, we integrate changes into out lives. While this is most dramatic when someone dies, it is important to be mindful of the choices and challenges that come with change"
~ Anon ~

“Life is changed not ended
Death does not end our story…

Death does not end our relationships"
  For urgent help or information call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.
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