GriefLink FAQ

Otherwise browse through the following frequently asked questions:

What is the purpose of GriefLink?
How was GriefLink developed?
How can I help keep GriefLink up to date?
Who are the authors?
GriefLink Funding
GriefLink and Advertising
Website Contact Information



 
What is the purpose of GriefLink?

GriefLink is not a counselling or crisis service.

GriefLink is a website devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of loss and grief. We do not have counsellors available to respond to your specific questions or concerns. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to respond to urgent or personal requests for help or advice.

If you are in need of urgent grief assistance please contact your local GP or if you need to talk to someone straight away call:

Lifeline 13 11 14 (Australia local call)
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (Australia free call)

To find grief support (groups and organisations) in South Australia, click on the Support button above. Further information about grief counselling services can be found by clicking here http://www.casa.asn.au/

The deep effect that a death may have on an individual is often underestimated. GriefLink has been set up as a community resource on death-related grief, and is particularly for:

  • bereaved individuals and families
  • friends and carers of the bereaved
  • bereavement support groups
  • health and welfare professionals
  • educational institutions

GriefLink is here to start you off finding information about grief. It can also link you with available resources and supports. GriefLink will tell you about:

  • different death-related grief topics, such as the death of a child, and suicide
  • resources such as books and videos
  • bereavement services and supports in South Australia for self and inter-professional referral
  • educational activities and courses in South Australia for bereaved persons and professionals
  • links to other grief-related web sites

GriefLink provides information solely about grief in relation to death. It does not attempt to deal with grief resulting from non-death losses. GriefLink does not provide a chat facility or a notice board where persons can “talk’ to each other over the net. Links to some of these sites are indicated on the ‘Links’ page.

The bereavement services listing has been developed as a special community resource about South Australia. Information about services in other Australian States and Territories may be found by contacting the relevant NALAG office listed under the ‘About NALAG’ icon on the top of your screen.

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How was GriefLink developed?

Grieflink was developed as a joint project between the National Association for Loss and Grief (South Australia) Inc and the Department of General Practice at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. It was funded by a grant from the Department of Human Services for South Australia to be a community resource for the State.

The site was developed after extensive consultation and review with bereaved persons and a wide variety of carers and professionals working in the field of loss and grief in South Australia. The content and format of the site were evaluated by community groups using new website evaluation methods and was launched in November 1999.

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How can I help keep GriefLink up to date?

GriefLink is only as good as the information it receives. It is constantly being updated from the data sent in. If you wish to add or amend information please complete and send a ‘Corrections’ form which is found on the sidebar.

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Who are the authors?

Project team
Project Directors Dr Sheila Clark : Mr Michael Bull
Senior Project Officer Ms Teresa Burgess
Project Officer Ms Gillian Laven
Special Assistance from Ms Julie Marker : Mr Eric Browne

Steering Committee
Mr Graeme Blakey Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group Inc
Dr Stephen Byrne General Practitioner, South Australian Rural and Remote Medical Support Agency
Ms Jenny Dawes President, National Association for Loss and Grief (Aust) Inc.
Ms Jill Fanning Carer’s Association of South Australia Inc
Mr Graham Kemp State President, Solace Inc SA
Ms Suzanne Heath Department of Human Services
Ms Karen Herbertt Manager, SA Organ Donation Agency
Mr David Lloyd Australian Funeral Directors Association
Professor A C McFarlane Department of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide
Mr Janusz Mikos Manager, Government Relations & Co-ordination Office of Multi Cultural & International Affairs, Department of Premier & Cabinet
Mrs Lynette Nitschke Homicide Victim Support Group SA Inc
Mr David Roach Director, Bereavement Care Southern Community Hospice Programme
Rev Baldwin Van der Linden Royal Adelaide Hospital Chaplain
Ms Frances Watkins Hills Mallee Southern Community Nursing Service

Authors and Reviewers
Mrs Jean Almond O.A.M. – Solace Inc (Aust.)
Mrs Pauline Allman SANDS (SA) Inc
Mrs Mary Alison Ambrose South Coast Palliative Care
Dr John Ashfield Mid-North Health, Private Psychotherapy Practitioner, Mid North South Australia
Dr Guy R Bannink Central and Eastern Adelaide Palliative Care Service Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group Inc
Dr Chris Bollen Ingle Farm Family Practice
Mr Michael Bull School of Social Administration and Social Work, Flinders University of South Australia
Wendy Joan Bushby Formerly of SANDS (S.A.)
Kerry Cavanagh Psychologist Central and Eastern Adelaide Palliative Care Service at Royal Adelaide Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice, Calvary Hospital Inc
Dr Anna Chur-Hansen Senior Lecturer, The University of Adelaide
Mr Eric Ciracovitch State President, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, South Australian Branch Inc.
Dr Sheila Clark General Practitioner
Constable Robyn Crameri SAPOL – Major Crime Investigation Section
Dr Gregory Crawford Senior Consultant Palliative Medicine, Southern Community Hospice Programme
Ms Jenny Dawes President, National Association for Loss and Grief (Aust) Inc
Dr John Dawes Consultant Social Worker
Bobbie Dalby Bereavement Educational Services
Dulwich Centre
Ms Jill Fanning Carer’s Association of South Australia Inc.
Ms Sandra Gault
Professor Robert Goldney The Adelaide Clinic
Ms Anne Graham
Mrs Wendy Guscott Young Solace and CAYOS
Carolyn Harry Senior Social Worker Women’s and Babies’ Division Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide
Ms Kate Hanson HIV Liaison Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Adelaide Hospital Infectious Diseases Unit
Toni Anne Hemmings Facilitator PALS; Vice President Young Solace & CAYOS
Ms Karen Herbertt Manager, SA Organ Donation Agency
Dr Carol Irizarry Senior Lecturer, School of Social Administration & Social Work, Flinders University Flinders, Medical Centre
Intensive Care Unit Royal Adelaide Hospital
Constable Carole Johnson SAPOL – Major Crime Investigation Section
Mr Harold E Jones
Denise Keenan Psychologist, Cognition
Mr Graham Kemp State President, Solace Inc SA
Mr David Kerr Manager, Professional Services, Victim Support Service Inc.
Elise Leslie-Allen Elise Leslie-Allen & Associates, Clinical Psychology Services
Dr Robert Lyons Psychiatrist Associate
Professor Graham Martin AUSEINET – The Australian Early Intervention Network for Mental Health in Young People, Flinders University
Professor A C McFarlane Dept of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide
Kathy Michaels Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service
Liz Mobayad Director, Industrial Deaths Support & Advocacy Inc., Victoria
Mrs Lynette Nitschke Homicide Victim Support Group SA Inc.
Elaine Peddey ASM, Bereavement Recovery & Educational Consultants
Mrs Judi Rea
Mr David Roach Director, Bereavement Care Southern Community Hospice Programme
Mr Philip Robinson Chief, Division of Mental Health , Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Division of Mental Health, Adelaide
Dr Gary Rogers The Care & Prevention Programme, Adelaide Central and Eastern Division of General Practice
Southern Community Hospice Programme
State Coroners Office
Yani Switajewski Social worker, Bereavement Counsellor SIDS
The Compassionate Friends
Lynn Villis Staff Development, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Ms Vreni Voigt
Jane Warland
Mrs Cherene Wessels Grief Management Services Pty. Ltd.
Rosemary Wanganeen Director, Sacred Site Within Healing Centre
Ms Barbara Wingard Murray Mallee Community Health Service
Social Work Allied Health Division, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

The organisations and individuals listed above are all based in South Australia unless otherwise stated.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Fiona Heylan, from the Centre for Grief Education, for her generous sharing of resources.

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GriefLink Funding

GriefLink was originally established by a grant from the South Australian Department of Human Services. Since then, it has received sponsorship from a variety of organisations including the National Association for Loss and Grief and the Cemeteries Association. GriefLink is currently supported by the Department of General Practice at the University of Adelaide. Sponsorship information can be found on the Sponsorship Page accessed via the sidebar

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GriefLink and Advertising

The GriefLink website does not accept advertising from third parties.

Within the GriefLink website, you may find links to external web sites. These links are available to provide the website user with additional information and services. These links are clearly labelled and GriefLink is not responsible for the advertising policies of these other websites.

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Website Contact Information

If you have questions about our advertising policy, or feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, please contact us:

GriefLink Website
c/- School of Population Health,
The University of Adelaide,
Adelaide SA 5005

Contact: Feedback form

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Page last updated 14 April, 2016