Excerpt from “Missing Christopher” Jayne Newling – www.missingchristopher.com
“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.
- – List of Grief Counsellors in the Blue Mountains
- – Support Groups
- – Books on Grief
- – Radio Interviews on Grief
- – Internet Resources
List of Grief Counsellors in the Blue Mountains
Parents and Families finding Strength
Meet every 4th Saturday, 3-5pm at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Lawson. 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.
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.
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 – www.missingchristopher.com
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.
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