TCFV’s bereavement services are presently for over-18s only. For under-18 bereavement support, please refer to the following services.
This program, for children aged 6-18 years old, aims to empower children, build resilience and coping skills to manage life’s challenges. Using age appropriate therapies such as play therapy or art therapy, a professional counsellor or family therapist facilitates a tailor-made program suitable for the young person to explore loss and grief related issues.
1800 551 800
A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
1800 650 890
Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time. Headspace has a range of centres in metro and regional Victoria. (https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/)
1800 642 066
(KG2 is held monthly at the Wellness Centre at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.)
Kids Grieve Too (KG2) is a support group program for children aged 6-12 years old run by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, which is designed to meet the special needs of bereaved children. A caring and supportive environment is provided to assist children to explore and express their experiences of grief and to develop the resilience and resources they need to manage their bereavement experience. In KG2, children will have the opportunity to connect with other bereaved children and explore and express their experiences of bereavement in a variety of creative ways. Each session is based on a different theme (e.g. my family, feelings, dreams, memories, staying connected etc.) Children can create paintings, drawings, memory boxes, dream catchers, collages and poetry that express their grief in very powerful ways.
‘Serious Fun’ – An Activity Day for Suicide Bereaved Children (Primary School Age)
(03) 9421 7640
This program runs in the school holidays on a Wednesday morning. Kids can:
- Get to know others who have also lost someone significant to suicide
- See how other kids have been going and have been feeling about things
- Learn some different ways to act and talk about what has happened.
Parents and carers can expect that their kids will:
- Share their experience of bereavement with other children in a supportive environment with experienced and qualified facilitators.
- Develop ways to communicate with others about their experience of bereavement.
- Have an enhanced awareness and knowledge of their own grief experience and process.
- Develop some resilience and problem-solving abilities.
- Create some positive resources for the future.
Our young people need 21st century strategies for moving beyond past trauma, to regulate their emotions, and how to cope with present and future challenges.
Feel the Magic® runs Australia’s largest and leading grief education and support program, Camp Magic®, a safe place for grieving kids to grow. This program was launched in 2015 and is designed to support children and teenagers aged 7-17 who have lost a parent/s, sibling or legal guardian. Camp Magic® follows a structured psychoeducational program, in addition to fun physical activities and resilience building challenges. Campers make connections with peers as they learn that they are not alone in their grief in a supportive and comforting environment.