Bereavement Care

People need support – Geelong funeral counselling and support groups.

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
  • Catholic Care
    Provides individual grief counselling and runs a range of loss and grief programs for both adults and children.
    03 5221 7055
  • Grief Line
    Telephone counselling available 12 noon – 3am, seven days a week.
    03 9935 7400
  • Hope Bereavement Service
    Walking alongside families after the sudden or unexpected death of a child. Offering support groups and counselling services.
    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 Friday 9.30am – 4pm.
    03 5229 2133
  • Red Nose
    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 9822 9611 or 1800 240 400 (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
  • Wesley Centre For Life Enrichment
    The Uniting Care Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment Counselling Service is available to all people in need regardless of their circumstances.
    03 5222 4101

Local Support Groups

A Time To Remember Post-Funeral Services
Facing your first Christmas after losing a loved one can be a difficult experience. Tuckers Funeral & Bereavement Service extends our Bereavement Care Program to the wider community with our special evening service ‘A Time to Remember’, held each year in November.

Bereaved Mens Group
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at a local hotel over a meal. These meetings are facilitated by Greg Roberts from the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement. For more details contact the Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment on 03 5221 4101 or visit them at 100 Yarra Street, Geelong.

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 5226 7269.

Life After Loss – Widows Support Group
Adjusting to life after your husband, wife or partner has died can be confusing, draining and isolating. It can be helpful to meet and spend time with women who have also lived this experience and share the journey. The group is a place to share, listen and learn amongst others who understand the challenges of living with your grief. This group was established with the combined input of four local support services. A support worker from one of these services is present at each meeting to help to facilitate discussion and offer links to ongoing individual support if it is required.

All are welcome to attend at the Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment 100 Yarra St, Geelong. For more details, please contact us or download the Life After Loss Support Group flyer. If you would like to attend the group, please make contact with our Bereavement Care team on 03 5221 4788 for more details.

Post Suicide Support Group
Suited for any person who has experienced the death of a loved one through suicide. Meeting on the third Tuesday of each month from 6.30pm till 8.30pm. For more details contact the Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment on 03 5222 4101 or Hope Bereavement on 03 5226 7269.