The Family Bereavement Support Programme has for many years supported families who are bereaved.
The programme offers monthly evening parent support groups and annual sibling bereavement support groups. Groups are held at the hospital. Parent groups are held in the Ella Latham Meeting Room on the Ground floor.
The programme also offers bereavement counselling, referrals to specialist community support services, education, information and support to hospital staff about bereavement issues and publishes a monthly newsletter.Together with the RCH Chaplaincy an Annual Memorial Service is also conducted.
The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation has provided funding to assist bereaved families with the cost of their child's funeral. The Funeral Assistance Fund is administered by the Social Work Department, but can be offered to families by After-Hours Coordinators, Associate Unit Managers and Social Workers. The Fund is available to families who experience financial difficulties when their child:
Specific exclusions include families who will receive funding through the Children's Cancer Centre (all patients), and families who will receive funding from TAC.
The newsletter is a resource for all parents, especially those who cannot come to the monthly support groups. It provides a way of capturing the presentation and the group discussion. We welcome contributions from parents as a way of sharing your grief experience and connecting with other families also grieving. Stories, poems, information on helpful resources, practical suggestions and book reviews are much appreciated.
The Red Tree - a story of grief and hope
Returning to work following bereavement: when is the right time?
Changing Attitudes to Life & Living following the Death of a Child
Markers and Memories - navigating the holiday season
Words that help - finding wisdom, support and comfort in the literature and/ or film
The things people say - what helps, what hurts, how do I respond?
Who was I, who am I now & who will I be?
The music of love, loss & healing
Spirituality & Grief
Mars & Venus - different genders, different styles but same grief
Grief- But what about the children?
Healing past regrets through art
Changes- moving forward, remembering and honouring what has gone before
Children and Grief-Kids Grieve Too (429 kb)
Remembering and Healing Through Music (494 kb)
Supporting Ourselves, Supporting Each Other (634 kb)
Enduring Love (pdf 572 kb)
'Resilience in bereavement: Exploring our own personal strengths' (pdf 500kb)
The Healing Power of Music (pdf 0.5MB)
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