Services unite to help people through grief

Services unite to help people through grief

Alocal collaboration between In Home Hospice Care and Lifeline South East SA has provided vital support for those in the Limestone Coast community coping with grief and loss.

With funding from Masonic Charities Trust spanning from 2022 through to 2025, In Home Hospice Care (IHHC) has established a Grief, Loss and Bereavement service that provides vital support to individuals, families, and caregivers in need during challenging times.

Recently, a change in circumstances prompted IHHC to pursue a dedicated office space for grief counsellor Glenny Tiller.

IHHC manager Sandi Elliott reached out to the community seeking a suitable and affordable space for counselling sessions.

In response to this call, Lifeline South East SA chief executive Leah Griffin stepped forward, offering potentially suitable office space at their premises located at 5 Mark Street, Mount Gambier.

Upon inspection, the room proved to be ideal for grief counselling, boasting spaciousness, natural light, and easy access to essential amenities.

Lifeline South East has been in operation since July 1, 1983, providing a range of counselling, referral and support services which focus on the needs of our Limestone Coast community in times of crisis.

“Both Lifeline South East and In Home Hospice Care are aligned in our efforts to connect with the people in our community who are feeling overwhelmed or experiencing emotional distress,” Ms Tiller said.

“The provision of a private, comfortable space for the In Home Hospice Care’s Grief Counsellor complements the existing services offered by Lifeline South East and opens the door for collaborations in the future,” Ms Griffin said.

Ms Elliot said IHHC was extremely grateful for the support of Lifeline South East and the opportunity to be housed at their premises on Mark Street.

“Coupled with funding through Masonic Charities Trust, this partnership has enabled us to continue to provide a safe and welcoming space for those in our community seeking grief, loss, or bereavement counselling,” she said.

Since moving to the office at Lifeline, Glenny has taken on several clients, resulting in a busy schedule on Thursdays and Fridays.

The collaboration has proven to be beneficial for both organisations and further strengthens support services available to the community.

The Grief, Loss and Bereavement Program has been steadily growing over the past two years, reflecting an increasing demand for counselling services in the community.

The referral process is straightforward; anyone in need of grief counselling can access this free service, with local doctors and staff of Lifeline South East referring patients.

Members of the public can self-refer at any time, and new referrals are always welcome.

To schedule an appointment with Glenny, individuals can reach her directly at 0422 832 975 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Leave a message with your name and phone number, and Glenny will get back to you promptly.

Additionally, In Home Hospice Care is actively seeking a permanent home for its not-for-profit, community-based service.

In Home Hospice Care’s dedicated team provide personalised care and support to people in our area dealing with life-limiting conditions such as cancer or neurological, kidney, heart, liver, or lung diseases.

Volunteers provide comfort and support tailored to the needs of both the individual and their caregivers.

Please phone 0437 246 484 if you can help with office space, are interested in volunteering, or are wanting more information about the services on 

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