The Compassionate Friends Victoria Inc.
End of Financial Year Appeal
Following the death of a child, sibling or grandchild, people living in rural and regional parts of Victoria often experience limited access to support services beyond the bounds of their family and friends – compared to the supports available to the bereaved residing in metropolitan areas.
We know from research that without timely, appropriate and meaningful support, bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents may experience greater levels of social isolation, depressive symptoms or relationship breakdowns – potentially resulting in poorer lifelong social and emotional well being.
During the year we supported Caitlin, a bereaved parent from western Victoria following the sudden death of her son, Nicolas aged 17. Caitlin was feeling totally alone and totally misunderstood. Her feelings of raw grief and anguish were constant and her day to day life was practically put on hold – she didn’t have the energy to care for anything or anyone else. In the months that followed her son’s death, she resented having to act “normal” and knew that she was in an emotional place where no one she knew was going to be able to reach her. Not only was she feeling disconnected from her son – she also felt disconnected from her circle of family/ friends and her previous sense of purpose.
With the support of services from The Compassionate Friends Victoria Caitlin was reminded that she wasn’t alone. Through both telephone conversations and meeting other bereaved parents face to face, she felt accepted and validated – she had found a precious haven of understanding. By attending a support group Caitlin felt a connection she couldn’t find anywhere else. Through the lived experiences of others, she could see that it was possible to someday feel hope again.
We are launching our 2019 End of Financial Year Appeal – with the aim of supporting more bereaved Victorian families living in rural and regional areas. We plan to do this by: –
- developing a range of online information and support resources for the bereaved to access
- establishing and supporting new local support groups where there is a gap
- training more regional bereaved parents and siblings to become future support group facilitators
- making both face to face and online individualised support available
- delivering community and professional education to more regional cities
- working with local professional networks to raise awareness and encourage early access to peer support
Our goal is to raise $10,000 by June 30th, 2019.
We ask that you consider making a special year end donation of $100, $250 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal. We won’t be able to do this without your help ……….. Your support will make a genuine difference to the lives of those bereaved following the death of a child.