The Compassionate Friends Victoria

We provide peer support to parents, siblings and grandparents following the death of a child at any age.

About

The Compassionate Friends Victoria (TCFV) offers peer support to parents, grandparents and siblings following the death of a child, sibling or grandchild at any age and from any cause.

TCFV is a volunteer driven, non-denominational charity utilising the “lived experience” to offer friendship, hope and understanding by reaching out to family members to support them during the grief and trauma that follows the death of a child. We also have a strong focus on educating allied health professionals, employers and the general community and where possible partnering with them to help strengthen the availability of informal non-clinical supports throughout Victoria.

Our state-wide services include:

- general and specialist (bereaved by suicide, men’s group, express yourself through art) support groups

- social support groups for members to connect informally

- 24 hrs/ 7 days / 365 days year grief telephone support line

- community and professional education sessions

- brochures, information sheets, member magazine and enewsletter

- memorial/social events for members

- respite accommodation for families;

- Our face to face Support Groups are facilitated by bereaved parents or siblings who are further along the grief journey and who have undergone extensive training. These Groups are currently offered in: Sunshine, Box Hill, Canterbury, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Greensborough, Geelong, Camperdown, Mildura, Rowville, Ballarat, Wodonga, Portland and Bayside.

A 2006 UK study found that grieving parents are at a significantly increased risk of early death (Harper, O’Connor & O’Carroll, 2006). They were found to be 4 times at greater risk than non-bereaved parents, 2 times more likely to die themselves within 15 years of their child’s death and that depressive episodes for bereaved parents’ peaks in their early – mid 50s and that the risk of suicide is significantly increased.

Our Projects

This charity does not have an active project at the moment