Bereavement

Grief, in its many forms, is one of the most painful experiences that anyone can suffer, and every year it is experienced by thousands of Australian families. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family if your child or children have died.

Professionals should be able to recognise and respond appropriately to bereaved families' varied emotional needs when a child dies or when children are bereaved of someone important in their life; we encourage you to contact your local health professional for additional support.

AMBA's Online Forum is a place where a bereaved family may take great comfort and talk freely with others who have suffered the loss of one or more of their multiples. It is a place for parents to come together and read and/or share their stories about their tragic loss and their journey with grief. Once you have joined the forum email forum@amba.org.au to get access to the Bereavement Sanctuary.

AMBA has two downloadable leaflets that have been written by bereaved parents.

  • Helping the Grieving Mother leaflet has been prepared by a bereaved multiple birth parent to offer suggestions to answer the question of "What can I do to help a member/friend who has experienced one or more of her babies dying?"
  • The Grieving Couples leaflet has been prepared for parents who have experienced bereavement. It was written by a bereaved parent and is is intended for couples who have lost one or more of their babies or children.

AMBA aims to provide our bereaved families with the best support possible. However, if there is something specific you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us at bereavement@amba.org.au

Bereavement Resources

Always your child - A downloadable booklet written by and for parents whose baby or young child has died suddenly or unexpectedly.

Support for parents who experience a miscarriage - downloadable brochure.

YGOH Twinless Bereavement Support Group - a Facebook group.

‘Sam and Finn’ was written by the author for her surviving twin son, Finn, it is a book designed for all children and families who have experienced the devastating death of a twin, sibling or child. The book explains, in simple and gentle terms, the many ways that a loved one still lives within us, even though they have passed away. It is a story of hope. Customised version, personalised with your own names can be ordered: http://personalisedchildlossbook.com/.

A Mother's story about losing a triplet to SIDS - “Some days we just want to be held and told it’s OK to cry”

Bereavement Support Services

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association [www.sidsandkids.org]

Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support [www.sidsandkids.org] [merged with SANDS]

The Centre for Loss In Multiple Birth [www.climb-support.org]

Twinless Twins [www.twinlesstwins.org]

Pillars of Strength- a support network for Dads of children in NICU, hospital, and Dads who have lost a child

Miracle Babies - Loss of your twin or triplet baby

Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support (SANDS)

Pregnancy Loss Australia

Contact Us

If you would like someone to contact you or you would like more information on AMBA Bereavement Services, please email us at bereavement@amba.org.au and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

DISCLAIMER:
The information contained on this website is not a substitute for personal, medical, psychiatric or psychological advice and readers are urged to consult their health care professional for specific problems and questions.