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When a son or daughter dies, no matter their age or the cause of death, grief lasts for longer than society in general recognises. The death of your child is an unacceptable tragedy and it can take a long time before you regain any sense of normality in your life.

At The Compassionate Friends you will find the special understanding of those who have "been there". There is no pressure to talk or not talk, cry or not cry, just a chance to be yourself, to have time-out.

We offer a safe haven, a listening and understanding ear, a place where you can let down the mask, and if you wish, talk about your son or daughter who has died. We don’t promise a miracle cure, just comfort and the consolation and hope that broken threads can be picked up again.

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The “Walk to Remember”  is held on, or as near to, the third Sunday in April each year, depending  when Easter falls. It is an opportunity for families and friends to remember their children or siblings in a relaxed, semi-formal atmosphere while gaining some exercise and meeting with other members, perhaps for the first time or catching up with acquaintances met at an earlier occasion.  It is a time where you can talk freely about your child or sibling and can be particularly beneficial for new members. At the completion of the walk The Compassionate Friends provide a free BBQ lunch.

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simon-stephens-speaking-270x300Founder Canon Rev Simon Stephens

The man who inspired a global organisation that helps thousands and thousands of families grieving for children who have died is visiting Australia.

Canon Simon Stephens worked with the legendary Mother Theresa and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross – and applied their insights to form an amazing not for profit.

Simon Stephens (OBE) founded the secular organization The Compassionate Friends in the UK in 1969 where it quickly grew. Since formation Compassionate Friends organizations have been founded in fifteen other countries. The first Compassionate Friends in Australia was established in Victoria in 1978.

Simon Stephens’ own story himself is remarkable: from losing his immediate family in a road accident at the age of 17, he went on to build a life dedicated to helping others. Hear him speak on the ABC Radio

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Retreat Accommodation

“A place that would feed wounded souls is what we all need, so that we could go back refreshed and ready to face the world again.”

"I wish we had somewhere we could get away to. We could do with a break.”

"Grief can be such a lonely experience even within a family, so it is appropriate for one member of a family to be able to get away”

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24 Hour Grief Support

For anyone who has had a son, daughter, brother, sister or grandchild die, from any cause and at any age, we have a support telephone service. All calls are taken by trained volunteers who are either bereaved parents or siblings and have themselves, lost a son, daughter, brother or sister but are further down the ‘grief journey’. It can be any time after your loss, as we all know, grief doesn’t discern time.

The phone number to call is 9888 4944 or for Country Victoria and Tasmania, our toll-free number 1800 641 091.

Please note the above numbers are manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a weeks, 365 days a year, someone is always available to take your call.

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Looking for the Guest Book? We have renamed it Our Connection Book and it is under the Find Support  menu.

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The Compassionate Friends Victoria relies heavily on donations to cover the everyday running costs of the organisation in supporting bereaved parents and their families. Every gift towards this is greatly appreciated.

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