Grief & Loss

It’s common to experience feelings of grief when we lose someone we care about, go through a significant life change, experience a natural disaster or another significant challenge.

Grief impacts us all in different ways and at different times in our lives.

How can we deal with grief?

  • Accept that grief takes time – It’s unpredictable and may come and go in waves. Take each day as it comes and try not to think too far ahead, there is no set time for grieving.
  • Allow yourself to feel your grief and know that whatever you’re feeling is okay – try writing down your thoughts to help process and understand them.
  • Reach out to people you trust for support – talking about your feelings and experiences can help you to process grief in the long term.
  • Consider ceremonies, rituals, memorials or remembrance meals or events – these events provide an opportunity for you to share your memories, stories and feelings with others.
  • Try to keep your usual routine as this can help you to feel more stable – maintain your set times for eating, exercise and sleep.
  • Do things you like doing and spend time with people you feel comfortable with – give yourself permission to ‘take a break’ from your grief and do something relaxing and enjoyable. It doesn’t mean that you don’t care or aren’t still grieving, just that you’re looking after yourself.
  • Keep active – move your body, even if it is just a 10 minute walk around your local area.
  • Look after your body and remember to eat, even if you don’t feel like it – try to maintain a balanced diet and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Seek professional help if you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed.

Related Services


A safe and supportive environment to talk about challenges you may be experiencing and explore strategies to improve your wellbeing, intimate relationship or family relationships.

Coronial Counselling

Free support for bereaved family, friends and community members impacted by a death under investigation through the ACT Coroners Court. Counselling can help individuals to cope with grief and navigate the coronial process.

Senior Relationship Services

Support for ageing Australians and their families to have difficult conversations and discuss important life decisions.