Grief and bereavement support assists with the multifaceted aspects of loss that are associated with death, such as emotional, financial and practical challenges. Support includes responding to needs around ‘sorry business’ practices for Aboriginal families and carers and specific cultural needs.
Processes are in place to ensure the person, their family and carers are provided with grief and bereavement support throughout the care continuum, and processes are in place for the screening of all carers for bereavement risk.
Processes are in place to provide bereavement information and support in response to the needs of families and carers, at the time and after a death. Where risks or higher needs are identified, access to additional care planning, support and referrals are provided, including where the person was cared for outside of specialist palliative care.
It is important to provide access to grief and bereavement information and support for family, carers and significant others to help the immediate and future impacts of loss on the person, their family and carers at all stages of end of life and palliative care.
Either at the time of, or soon after, death, families and carers of all deceased people are to be given information regarding grief and bereavement, and where indicated through a screening process, referral to appropriate bereavement support undertaken.
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has online resources for grief. Beyond Blue provides confidential counselling services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Griefline provides telephone and online counselling services. Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation. They can help young people who are going through a tough time.