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Approaching Christmas

Approaching Christmas

Christmas can take on a whole new meaning after someone we know and perhaps love, dies. The anticipation of the Day can be experienced as dread and fear. The thought of moving through the day and all the activity leading up to the Day, without that special person...

Medicare rebates and counselling

This article seeks to provide clients with information and clarify questions about accessing bereavement counselling services and mental health treatment plans. Q:  What is the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist? A:  A key difference between a...

Wise words

Wise words

“My friend just died.  I don’t know what to do”. A lot of people responded.  Then there’s one older gentleman’s incredible comment that stood out from the rest that might just change the way we approach life and death: “Alright here goes.  I’m old.  What that means is...

Grief in Young Children

Grief in Young Children

Bereaved children often share the same needs as adult grievers: the need for honesty, to feel heard, to understand what has happened around the death, to feel safe, to understand the ‘what now’, particularly in relation to their care.  one of the main differences is...

Respecting Parent Choices

Respecting Parent Choices

Respecting Patient Choices® The Respecting Patient Choices Program is promoting advance care planning in the Australian Capital Territory. This program is about the promotion of autonomy and dignity and not about euthanasia or suicide. You have the right to make...

Kintsugi

Kintsugi

I sometimes hear people tell me that when a loved one dies, their lives are shattered.  They don’t know how their lives will ever return to the way they were before.  The question hangs heavy in the room, “how can I ever pick up the pieces of my life and begin living...