Older Aboriginal people

Death and grief

Information and support is available to help someone nearing the end of their life, to assist families during this time and when someone dies.

Care for those who are dying

Palliative care workers provide help and support to people, and their families, who have illnesses that can't be cured. Aboriginal palliative care workers from the Council of Aboriginal Elders of SA give advice and support to ensure the person is as comfortable and active for as long as possible.

The My Aged Care website provides information about planning for end of life, support and financial assistance available and who can help you.

When someone dies

See our main section about what to do when someone dies which provides information about arranging a funeral, coping with grief and executing a will.

The Australian Government provides information about what to do following a death, including:

  • what happens first
  • insurance policies, funeral plans and wills
  • who to notify
  • removing someone's name from mailing lists and social media accounts
  • support services available
  • financial matters.

Help with funeral costs

The Aboriginal Community Funeral Plan may be able to help with funeral costs. Call them on 1800 622 924 (freecall).

You may also be able to get some help through the Funeral Assistance Program.

Coping with grief and loss

Lifeline provides information about loss and grief, how it affects people and what you can do to help yourself or someone who is grieving. Several resources are available to download, including a toolkit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Beyond Blue provides information and help for people affected by grief and loss and has programs to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


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Page last updated 2 May 2017

Provided by:
Department for Health and Ageing
URL:
http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/family-and-community/seniors/older-aboriginal-people/death-and-grief
Last Updated:
02/05/17
Printed on:
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