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bereavement support

bereavement support


The grief that follows a young persons’ death lasts a lifetime. This is one of the most devastating things that can happen to any family and special times such as birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas can be especially difficult.


Redkite is here for you and those close to you, for as long as you need.

grief counselling and support

Whether your loss happened recently or many years ago, Redkite’s support team offers free grief counselling to you and all members of your family. Our professional, compassionate social workers have many years’ experience supporting people through grief and the emotions and challenges that come with it. We can help you find ways to live with grief and manage life.


If you just want to know there’s someone you can call on from time to time, who will listen without judgement or getting overwhelmed, we’re here for you. 

connecting with us

A member of our support team can meet with you face-to-face at our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.


You can also call us on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) Monday to Friday, 9am – 7pm AEST. We’ll always try to connect you with the same person each time. 


If you'd rather connect with us by email, contact and we’ll get back to you in less than two working days. You can also have us contact you by phone or email at a time that suits. 

support groups

We offer regular phone-based support groups for bereaved parents facilitated by Redkite’s Social Workers, with topics decided by those taking part.


These groups are an opportunity to connect with others, share experiences and talk about ways to cope. We offer groups for parents whose child has died recently, and for those whose have been bereaved for a longer time.   

financial support

We can help to cover some funeral costs and other expenses during times of financial need in the year after bereavement. Contact us on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) or to find out more. 

support packs

Redkite has developed an information and support pack for those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one from cancer. The pack includes:bereavement support pack

  • Two books that explore the theme of bereavement, offer coping strategies and share the experiences of other bereaved families: The Little Book of Loss and Grief and Beyond Words: Grieving when your Child has Died, along with a bookmark.
  • A memory candle.
  • Information about how we can continue to support you and those close to you.

If you’d like us to send you one of these packs or find out more about them, contact our support team on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) or


You can also speak with your hospital social worker and ask them to contact us on your behalf.

books on grief and loss

Our support team has put together a collection of books about grief and loss that you can borrow for free, for as long as you like. 


Redkite has also produced By My Side, a book of stories of parents whose child has died from cancer, in partnership with researcher Leigh Donovan, UNSW and Kids Cancer Centre. 


Find out more about By My Side and our selection of our books on bereavement.

contact us

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Last updated August 2015.