Families who live with and care for children with life-limiting illness; or who have experienced the death of a child face many significant challenges in their lives. There are unfortunately families facing grief and bereavement alone, and often experience labelling or even perception of mental health disorders exiting through prolonged grief.
Some of these challenges are inevitable although are the result of the ways illness, disability death and grief are largely misunderstand (or often avoided?) in contemporary society.
In the 21st Century, families facing serious illness and death often find their world becomes over-medicalised; at the expense of their social and community connections.
Families facing grief and bereavement may experience labelling or even perception of mental health disorders existing from prolonged grief.
All these challenges can understandably leave many community members thinking grief is too complex, too difficult or too painful to talk about outside of a therapist or doctor's office.
Evidently, there are many challenges for families, the children and the community, these challenges can understandably leave community members feeling grief is too complex, too difficult, or too painful to talk about with other community members.
We do not want our community members grieving feeling isolated and lonely, we as a community have a role to assist our vulnerable children living with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Therefore, this event aims to open this discussion, identify community’s role, and highlight strategies and life-skills.
- Practical Strategies for supporting carers and grieving people in your community from professional caregivers.
- Words of wisdom from parents and carers with lived-experience.
- Opportunities to reflect and connect with other people in your area considering these important matters
When: Thursday October 22
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Bargara Cultural Community Centre, Hughes Road, Bargara
Complimentary refreshments provided