Grief Resources

Excerpt from “Missing Christopher” Jayne Newling –

“I naively thought that after the viewing, the cremation, the memorial service and after my house had emptied and I could be alone again, this thing called grief, the razor edge of this deep pain, would soften and, given enough time, lie just behind memory in a milky bubble. I didn’t know that I’d be in shock for years and that by avoiding grief, it would send me mad.”

Grief is the normal and inevitable response to the death of a loved one. It can affect our feelings, behaviours, beliefs, thoughts, physical health and our relationship with others. It is important to know that there is no timeline when it comes to grief and everyone grieves in their own way. Although grief can be very painful, most people (85 – 90%) find that the support of their family, friends and their own resources, will gradually find ways to live with their loss. However for some, it may be helpful to seek professional support.

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List of Grief Counsellors in the Blue Mountains

Boudi Maassen – 0424 416 969
Vinity Gill –  0420 973 363 or 4782 7786
Megan Wynne-Jones – 4782 6870 or 0421 736 419

Support Groups

Parents and Families finding Strength

Meet every 3rd Saturday of the month, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, at the Town Centre Arcade, Katoomba. Monthly get together for family members and friends who would like the opportunity to connect and share experiences and feelings with other families living with the pain and heartache from the death of a child at any age and from any cause.

Room 2 level 2, Town Centre Arcade
81-83 Katoomba Street,
Katoomba NSW 2780

Please contact Becky on 0438 464 824 for further information.

Living with Loss

A support group for those living and dealing with their grief.

If you think that this group may be helpful to you please call North Richmond Community Centre on (02) 4573 6091.

Where: North Richmond Community Centre, 33 William St, North Richmond

When: Monthly on the third Monday each moth from 10am – 12.00 noon

Cost: Gold coin donation

Suicide Bereavement Support Groups

Penrith Bereavement support group is held at Penrith on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Richmond Bereavement support group is held at Richmond on the last Wednesday of the month.

For further details please contact 0402 627 696.

Solace Australia

Supporting those grieving over the death of their partner.

Contact Number 9833 1449 – Leola

PENRITH – Bereavement Group

Meets at The Community Connection Building. First Floor, 114 Henry St PENRITH.

On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 2pm.

Books on Grief

The local library has books on grief and there are many available on sale at book stores, eBay, Amazon, etc. I have just listed a few which I have found useful. The internet also provides a wealth of information.

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Missing Christopher” Jayne Newling –

Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss by Bob Deits

Coping With Grief – 4th Edition Mal McKissock and Dianne McKissock

Radio Interviews on Grief

The month of August was Grief Awareness Month in the Blue Mountains. The Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre in Lawson held an all day workshop entitled “From Grief and Loss to Renewal” on the 23rd of August, I was able to interview Boudi Maassen who is a grief counsellor on my “Body Mind Spirit Chat” radio show about the workshop and about Grief. The interview is extremely informative and I hope you will find the content useful.

ON the 7th of June 2014, Jayne Newling launched her book “Missing Christopher” at the Carrington Hotel. This is the story of Christopher’s shocking suicide at 17 and it’s tragic aftermath for the family. Honest , raw , and deeply moving. Jayne’s account brings to life the visceral experience of grief and the long, painful journey towards finding meaning in life again. Below you will find 3 separate radio interviews.

On the 30th of May, I was able to interview Jayne Newling, just before her book launch of “Missing Christopher” on Radio Blue Mountains.

On the 10th of June 2014, an interview on the ABC with Richard Fidler and Jayne Newling was broadcasted.

August 19, 2014 Ray Hadley from 2GB interviews Jayne Newling.

Internet Resources

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Bereavement CARE Centre


National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW)

National Centre for Childhood Grief

This link provides an extensive list of grief blogs..

24 hour telephone support
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Mensline – 1300 789 978
Kids Help Line – 1800 551 800
Beyondblue – 1300 22 4636

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