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Death of a Child - Bereavement support resources

  • Usually an RCH Social Worker will be involved in the care of a family with a child who has died.

    They will be able to advise you and the family about support services available.

    You can read about the  RCH Family Bereavement Support Program here 

    Palliative Care Victoria 

    This site has a lot of useful information, including links to community-based bereavement support groups, and some good brochures:

    • Resources for helping children to cope with bereavement.
    • Helping children when someone has a life-threatening illness.
    • Looking after yourself
    • Appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment).
    • The Process of Dying
    • Volunteer Support Workers.
    • Palliative Care Referral Form

    There is an excellent section about the beliefs and practices related to death & dying specific to each of the major cultural groups in Australia (Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese). There are also handouts about palliative care and Bereavement Support Resources in 20 languages.

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