Traumatic and violent deaths

Bombs and bloodshed will not win Ukraine for Russia.

Bombs and bloodshed will not win Ukraine for Russia - James Spenceley at Mykhailivska Square , Kyiv.

Russia, bombs will not win Ukraine. They might bring a short-term victory. But Ukraine will resist – with growing and longterm support from everyday people around the globe. Once these people would not have mattered. But the world is now more connected, so individuals everywhere can energise a cause. People … Read more

What is the difference between grief and trauma?

What is the difference between grief and trauma? Photo by Bonnie Dalrymple

At a time when more lives are being turned upside down, and as we look towards how to respond, it’s important to understand: what is the difference between grief and trauma? In the last few weeks our screens have been bombarded with news of floods, war and the continuation of … Read more

Recovering from road trauma

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria’s CEO Bernadette Nugent addresses the crowd of supporters at the Shine a Light event this year.

by Sandra Moon When newly married Jo Keep heard a knock at the door at 3am she knew something wasn’t right. Her husband Gavin had left for work earlier that night and his shift wasn’t over. Jo and Gavin had been married six weeks earlier and returned to live with … Read more

Holding on to Hope

Photo by Aaron Burden, Unsplash

by Sandra Moon Imagine one day your loved one doesn’t return home and as time goes by there is no conclusive evidence that they are dead. According to the Missing Persons Advocacy Network’s Missing Person’s Guide this is what occurs for around five percent of families of missing persons. Without … Read more

Believe your eyes

Believe your eyes - a still from Darnella Frazier's video

It’s a pretty simple proposition. ‘Believe your eyes”, the prosecutor tells the jury of the 9 ½ minute video of George Floyd being killed by policeman Derek Chauvin. Often we’re encouraged to doubt what we see on film and video – because clips can be doctored. But not in this … Read more

It’s Australia Day tomorrow and this is why so many people mourn it.

First Nations Australians, painted by Joseph Lycett, in the Newcastle region.

It’s Australia Day tomorrow and in this country we’re divided about it. That’s because so many of our First Nations people point out that for them it’s not a day of celebration but a day of mourning, since their land was invaded and many of their lives were lost in … Read more

Dipping into the well.

A conversation with friends took me to a well the other day. We were walking in the Sydney sunshine along Bungaree’s Walkway at Middle Head, a natural pathway with extraordinary views around Sydney’s majestic harbour, when the conversation, idling unselfconsciously as they do, turned to grief. I was asked about my … Read more

What David Dungay has to do with this.

Australia is not Innocent - still from ABC News, Tuesday June 2.

“All lives don’t matter until black lives matter,” a young protester in Sydney told the ABC on Tuesday night. American George Floyd’s death has triggered distress in Australia’s Indigenous families about their own people’s continued deaths at the hands of authorities. Change appeared to come after a Royal Commission into … Read more

George Floyd

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If ever there were an illustration of the link between politics and mortality statistics, George Floyd symbolises it. The video of a Minneapolis policeman with his knee pressed down on George’s neck, in an act that would kill him, is now infamous. It has incited riots and protests all over … Read more

The chilling words of an Australian police investigator in 2020

Det Insp Mark Thompson, photo via Qld Police

Many people were very concerned to hear and read the words of Brisbane Detective Inspector Mark Thompson, on Thursday, when discussing the investigation into the violent deaths of  Brisbane’s Hannah Clarke and her children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, who were allegedly set alight in the family car … Read more

Calling it for what it is.

The Baxter children, Facebook photo reproduced by the ABC.

The full extent of the domestic violence that played out in Brisbane on Wednesday when three children and their mother were killed by their father and her husband, has been revealed. Police allege that Hannah Clarke and her children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3 were set alight in … Read more

Australia Day at Barangaroo today

At Barangaroo today

So what does Australia Day have to do with Good Grief, a page which is about grief and palliative care? A lot really. When the hurts of the past are denied, the past can’t be put to rest. Australians celebrate our national day today, January 26, when Captain Arthur Phillip … Read more