Bereavement Care

Counselling Support

  • Australian Centre For Grief & Bereavement
    ACGB Counselling and Support provide a statewide specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families following the death of someone close to them.
    1300 664 786
  • Bethany Counselling Support
    Providing counselling, educational and advocacy services for local people and their families to improve the quality of their lives and the community in which they live.
    03 5278 8122
  • Grief Line
    Telephone support available 6am – midnight, 7 days a week
    1300 845 745
  • Hope Bereavement Service
    Hope Bereavement Care (Hope) is a Geelong based bereavement service offering free information, group support and counselling and when grieving the death of a child, the death of an adult and those experiencing loss after suicide.
    03 4215 3358
  • Kids Helpline
    24-hour counselling, 7 days a week.
    1800 55 1800 (free call)
  • Lifeline
    This service is staffed by trained volunteer telephone counsellors who are ready to take calls 24 hours a day, any day of the week, from anywhere in Australia.
    13 11 14
  • One Care Geelong
    Offering professional counselling centred on emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wholeness, always respecting beliefs and values. Open Tuesday 2pm – 8.30pm and Thursday 9.30am – 4pm.
    03 5229 2133
  • Red Nose Grief and Loss
    Providing support for those affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a child from 20 weeks gestation to six years of age, regardless of the cause of death. 24-hour telephone support.
    03 8888 1600 or 1300 308 307 (free call)
  • Sanctuary Counselling Centre
    The Sanctuary is a place where people are helped to recover from the initial shock of a situation and work towards their own path to recovery.
    03 5222 6969
  • Wombat’s Wish
    Bereavement Support service for children from five to 16 years of age who have experienced the death of a parent/s.
    03 5229 5044


Support Groups

The Compassionate Friends
Supporting bereaved parents and families who have experienced the loss of a child or sibling. Meeting on the last Tuesday of the month at Noble Street Uniting Church, 31 Noble St Newtown. Phone Rhonda 03 5282 3035 or Kim 03 5282 4210. Alternatively on the second Tuesday of the month at Café Brioche, 175 West Fyans St, Newtown. Phone Jan 03 5243 6906. The Compassionate Friends also offer 24-hour telephone support free call 1800 641 091. For more details phone 03 9888 4944.

Empty Arms – Parents Support
For families and friends who have suffered a loss from a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death – recently or some time ago. Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month at Gateways Support Services, 10-12 Albert Street, Geelong West. For more details contact Hope Bereavement on 03 4215 3358

Life After Loss – Support Group
For women who have experienced the death of a husband or partner.
All are welcome to attend from 6-8pm on the last Tuesday of each month at Joker’s Bistro, Ryrie Street. For more details contact Tuckers on 03 5221 4788 or Maureen on 0407 680 751.

Parentally Bereaved Support Group
For adult women needing support following the loss of a parent. Meeting
bi-monthly on the third Thursday, 11am – 1pm
For more details contact Hope Bereavement on 03 4215 3358.

Post Suicide Support Group
Suited for any person who has experienced the death of a loved one through suicide. For more details contact Hope Bereavement on 03 4215 3358.