Please donate today and help us support vulnerable people dealing with loss & grief
The sad truth is that with 267 deaths in South Australia each week, many families are affected by loss and it often helps to talk about it and get support from people who care.
Our Loss & Grief Counsellors support families dealing with the trauma of childhood illnesses and terminal diseases, struggling to cope with the inevitable loss of physical mobility or capacity to function. We also support the elderly,worried about their loss of independence moving into a residential nursing home or the grief of seeing their life-long partner deteriorate through dementia.
We are the only provider of dedicated Loss & Grief Counselling services in South Australia, changing the lives of those coping with grief.
Please donate now. Your donation will help us support those among us who have experienced profound loss and grief.
You can donate online using our secure donation box on the right of this page.
Or you can make a cheque or money order payable to:
159 Port Road,
Hindmarsh SA 5007
As a Counsellor at AnglicareSA, each week I meet people dealing with all types of loss in their life. Most have lost loved ones but I also counsel people and families who are about to lose someone or something important.
Five months ago I met a 13 year old teenage boy called Nathan (not his real name) whose mum was concerned about changes in his behaviour. She knew her son was suffering from a vision problem, but noticed that he was becoming more withdrawn, irritable, running away from home for hours and unable to concentrate at school. He didn’t really want to come to counselling, but his mum was genuinely worried that Nathan was at risk of self-harm or depression.
Nathan is slowly losing vision in both eyes. What started as temporary patches of blindness which he described as “the bottom half of my eyes goes dark and then I get a complete black out for a few seconds”, has turned out to be an irreversible condition that will lead to total blindness. He was terrified and becoming quite anxious.
Our counselling process starts with listening to clients to ensure that we really engage with them. We try to build trust, understanding and respect. It’s a safe place to explore their future, no matter the loss they are experiencing.
I’ve had 7 counselling sessions with Nathan so far. I told him it’s ok to be scared and we talked about accepting the different way his future will now be without his sight, compared to what he had planned. That’s hard for kids to understand, but Nathan now seems to be more positive.
I arranged for Nathan to meet other teenagers who have lost their vision and this really helped him adjust. It’s made him more comfortable with his friends and confident to go back to school. Last month, Nathan set some short and long term goals which he is working through with the help of his mum, teachers and myself.
Today, Nathan is a lot more relaxed and better prepared for life at school and beyond. We’ve connected him with rehabilitation services who are teaching him new skills for when he loses his sight. I’ve also had two sessions with Nathan’s family to provide them with resources to support Nathan and inform them of his progress.
It’s been tough not to see Nathan as often as he needs, often scheduling appointments four weeks out just to manage the backlog of bookings. Being the only agency in South Australia offering this specialised Loss & Grief service, we are inundated with requests for help each week and it’s hard to fit everyone in.
Having more Counsellors on board and with better resources at hand, will help us support more people going through loss and grief. That way others like Nathan can move on with their life and feel hopeful for the future.
What your donation can do