We walk beside parents to provide support and the tools to navigate this new normal – helping parents to live after loss

After the death of a child parents need to learn to live again in a world that does not include their child. Parents have to adjust to a new normal and this can take time and support. At Red Tree Foundation we walk beside parents to provide support and the tools to navigate this new normal – helping parents to live after loss. Red Tree clients become part of the Red Tree family and as such we can provide care, hope and understanding as families start to rebuild their lives.

GRIEF COUNSELLING

Free grief counselling for bereaved parents

We support bereaved parents as they attempt to rebuild their lives after any sudden unexpected death of a child from conception to 17 years of age. Grief counselling sessions are free of charge and requests for grief counselling can be made by anyone using the website referral form or by contacting our office.

Counselling is available face to face in our office (or in some circumstances by home visits) or via phone or telehealth. 

Initial visits are sometimes offered in the home as after the death of a child many parents see their home as their ‘safe place’. Many newly bereaved parents find it overwhelming and confronting to be out in society in the initial few weeks after their child’s death and allowing them to receive the support they need in their home where they feel most comfortable reduces any additional stress or anxiety.

Red Tree Foundations grief counselling at the most difficult time in a parent’s life can have positive long-term impacts on a person’s grief journey, their health and wellbeing, family dynamics and long-term financial burden. With grief counselling, there is no one size fits all approach. The direction the support takes will vary depending on the individual circumstances of the loss and the wishes of the parents. As such our counselling is unique to each person and is tailored for each individual circumstance by the counsellor. The number of counselling sessions needed can depend on many factors such as personality, life experience, faith, personal circumstances, previous experience with grief, type and nature of loss.

Client feedback:

“My regular visits with the counsellor and chats on the phone- life saving is the only way to put it”

Client feedback:

“I’ll be forever grateful and always remember what you have done for me just by calling back after I thought I was all alone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”

“Having the counselling avenues to grieve openly and unjudged helped me to find a way to move forward with everyday life”

“Thank you for this valuable service. We benefited so much from it as parents and a family. We are full of praise for the hard work and kindness of all who have shared this journey with us”

For more information contact:
office@redtreefoundation.org.au or phone 8332 1066

GRIEF  and LOSS EDUCATION

Providing education to community, education & healthcare sectors.

Grief and loss education aims to open the conversations, raise awareness and educate with the purpose of helping the community understand the profound impact child and pregnancy loss can have on the mental health and wellbeing of a parent. Bereaved parents have to learn to navigate a new normal and a workforce and community which has a better comprehension and appreciation of what this takes and how to support it is extremely valuable. A more compassionate, empathetic, and educated community will mean that the bereaved will feel supported after their loss and acknowledged in their experience of grief which will positively impact their mental health and wellbeing.

workplace re-entry

returning to work after loss

Red Tree Foundation’s “Return to Work Bereavement Toolkit” is a useful resource for any organisation looking at supporting any bereaved person back into the workplace after the death of a loved one. Workplace training is achieved by the delivery of a training session and information booklet, giving the workplace the ‘tools’ to support a return to the work after loss.

For more information contact:

support groups

For mothers and fathers

Parent support groups allow bereaved parents to make connections with other parents travelling a similar journey and understand that they are not alone. Connecting with other bereaved parents and hearing other stories can allow parents to realise the progress they are making on their own grief journey. Meeting other bereaved parents at various stages of their grief journey can give some perspective. The sense that they are progressing can give hope for the future. Hope is an important element in helping to cope with loss. It provides a reason to move forward and reengage with life.

Red Tree Foundation offers guided groups facilitated by our counsellors as well as peer support and casual catch up groups.

For more information contact our Community Liaison Manager on:

office@redtreefoundation.org.au or phone 8332 1066

 

community connection

Annual Memorial Service

This is a non-denominational service run by our counsellors for our present and past families and is a wonderful opportunity to remember and acknowledge.

Candle Workshop

In October each year we hold a candle workshop in preparation for the global Wave of Light on October 15 to acknowledge International Pregnancy and infant Loss Awareness day.

Coastal Walk of Support

This annual 10km walk along Adelaide’s beautiful coastline is held in November and is a lovely way to honour children no longer with us and to meet other families on a similar journey.

Peer support

These nights are a casual way to meet and connect with other families travelling a similar journey.

Red Tree Foundation has a small grief and loss library located at our Hindmarsh office which can be accessed by our clients.

VIDEO RESOURCES

Chat with Jess and Kat

An introduction to the Red Tree Foundation.

See how SIDS and Kids SA (now Red Tree Foundation) bereavement service helped Max’s family.

Dr Beal was involved in research and public awareness campaigns that led to a dramatic decrease in SIDS deaths.

Short video from Raising Children on stillbirth and miscarriage – help and life afterwards. For support contact us on 8332 1066.
Short video from Raising Children on stillbirth parent stories. For support contact us on 8332 1066.

It’s really important for parents to reach out for support and information if unsure and to trust parental instincts. Lacey’s family did just this and it may have saved her life.

An overview of Red Tree Foundation and SIDS and Kids SA services.

Short video from Child Bereavement UK looking at saying goodbye to your baby or child. For support contact us on 8332 1066.
Short video from Raising Children on grief and support. For support contact us on 8332 1066.
Short video from Child Bereavement UK where parents discuss the impact of stillbirth. For support contact us on 8332 1066.
Short video from Child Bereavement UK where parents discuss the impact of stillbirth. For support contact us on 8332 1066.
Short video from Child Bereavement UK looking at different grieving styles. For support contact us on 8332 1066.
Short video from Child Bereavement UK looking at returning to work after the death of your baby or child. For support contact us on 8332 1066.
In this video you will meet three parents who have experienced the death of a young child. These parents speak openly about their children and the many grief experiences they have encountered.