Bereavement Support


SIDS and Kids bereavement support services assist families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, during birth, pregnancy or infancy, regardless of the cause.

Our support services are extensive and include counselling, parent and family support, peer support, sibling support, grandparent support groups, group activities, annual memorial services, telephone counselling and a national 24 hour freecall 1300 bereavement support line.

Services are available to families and their support network free of charge.

We know that over 9 children under 4 years of age die suddenly and unexpectedly every day in Australia and that up to 60 people are affected by the death of one child.

For this reason, our bereavement support services are vital for all Australian families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child.

Our support is ongoing for families and can be tailored to their individual needs.

To access Bereavement Support Services in your State or Territory call our 24 hour bereavement support line on 1300 308 307.

One family’s story

The following video tells the story of family whose child died by drowning. Included are interviews with the family and friends. The free support services provided by SIDS and Kids are also explained.


Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a free telephone helpline and online service that provides confidential, professional information and counselling for women, their partners and families relating to issues of conception, pregnancy, birthing and postnatal care.

Callers experiencing perinatal depression or grief following miscarriage or stillbirth or the loss of a baby in the first twelve months may be referred to targeted telephone-based peer support services, including SIDS and Kids, Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) and Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support (SANDS) Australia.

Call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 or visit the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website.

SIDS and Kids is a partner of Healthdirect Australia, which provides the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby helpline and website.

Last modified: 28 July 2014
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