Bereavement Services Children’s Health Queensland

Bereavement Services Children’s Health Queensland offers compassionate and culturally safe care for families who have suffered the devastation of the death of their child. Care extends to a family’s community of support, including extended family and friends, schools, employers and anyone else important in the family’s life. We believe the very best care and support is provided within a family’s community. Bereavement Services CHQ provides an additional layer of support throughout the enormous life adjustment that takes place for families and their community following the death of a child.

Bereavement Services CHQ provides support for families in the following ways:

Who can access this service?

Bereaved families

Any family whose child was cared for at Queensland Children’s Hospital or was connected to Children’s Health Queensland via a state-wide service and whose child has died.

Community of support

Any community member who is walking alongside a family whose child was cared for at Queensland Children’s Hospital or was connected to Children’s Health Queensland via a state-wide service and whose child has died.

Catchment area

Bereavement Services CHQ is a state-wide service. Care is extended to bereaved family members (see Who can access this service above) and their community of support throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to access support through Bereavement Services CHQ. All families whose child was cared for through Queensland Children’s Hospital or Children’s Health Queensland and has died can access our care.

Information for health professionals

Bereavement Services CHQ offers information, resources and mentoring support for health professionals throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Our goal is to ensure all health professionals throughout our service catchment area feel confident and supported in walking alongside a family whose child has died.

Bereavement Services CHQ provides support for health professionals in the following ways:

Useful links

Fact sheets related to grief and bereavement for children and adults can be accessed at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

Resources/fact sheets

For employers

For schools

For professionals

Resources for professionals working in the context of loss, grief and bereavement can be accessed at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

Our team

Bereavement Services Children’s Health Queensland Coordinator

Dr Leigh Donovan, PhD, BSW, Churchill Fellow

Bereavement Services, Paediatric Palliative Care Service Coordinators

Alyson Gundry, BSW, Grad Cert Bereavement Counselling and Intervention
Sophie Weeks, BSW

Living Forward

Living Forward is the quarterly newsletter of Bereavement Services CHQ. Each newsletter contains information on grief and bereavement, family stories, events updates, service information and community resources.

If you have a story that you would like to share in Living Forward please email CHQ_bereavement@health.qld.gov.au

This service is based at

Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

Bereavement Services, Children’s Health Queensland
For bereavement support contact:
t: 1800 080 316 (toll free)

For general bereavement related enquiries contact:
Bereavement Services Children’s Health Queensland
t: 07 3068 4476 (Coordinator)
e: chq_bereavement@health.qld.gov.au
Bereavement Services, Paediatric Palliative Care Service
t: 07 3068 2392 (Coordinator)
e: ppcs_bereavement@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am–4.30pm.

Urgent support

Bereavement Services CHQ operates Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm. If you, or someone you know who is bereaved requires urgent support, please contact your family doctor, phone Lifeline 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or present to the closest hospital emergency department.

Living Forward newsletter

Summer 2020
Winter 2019
Autumn 2019
Summer 2019

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