24-hour Bereavement Support Line – 1300 308 307
SIDS and Kids provide a range of Bereavement Support Services for parents and families who have experienced the death of their baby or young child during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood up to six years of age. This includes experiences of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, termination, stillbirth, neonatal death and death of an infant of child from any 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 nine children under four 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.
The centralised Intake Service for all bereavement calls to SIDS and Kids (NSW, VIC and WA) during business hours was introduced on 1 July 2014. This service operates out of SIDS and Kids Sydney office. All intake staff are fully qualified and accredited counsellor’s providing bereavement support, information, resources and referral.
SIDS and Kids provides the following support services:
- Counselling – face to face or telephone
- Peer Support
- Support Groups and Coffee Mornings
- Memorial Services
- Bereavement Support Newsletters
- Support Literature
- Internet Forum
Bereavement Support Internet Forum
This is an internet message board for bereaved parents to chat, discuss particular issues and provide and receive support from other parents and counsellors from SIDS and Kids. To access the forum please Click Here.
Our support groups provide parents with the opportunity to share stories, thoughts and feelings with others who have had a similar experience. Click here for a link to support group times and venues.
For more information about our bereavement support services please phone 1300 308 307.