In 2007, during a time of deep personal grief, I began conversations with other people who had lost someone they loved. It was through these discussions; gathering stories and learning from the pain my family and I were in, that healing began. From these stories, a book began to evolve. During this time, it became apparent in my professional life as a wellness consultant and corporate trainer, that unresolved grief was having a devastating impact on many people’s lives. With this realisation, came a new and deeper understanding of grief’s ability to break hearts, people and families.
During a discussion with Michelle, a respected colleague and friend, the importance of a centre for those in grief to go to, emerged. While having spent many years working in the business sector, Michelle’s own journey with grief at a young age had a profound impact and would eventually lead her to her work in the funeral industry as a Funeral Director and Celebrant. Shortly after our initial conversation, Michelle and I co-founded The Grief Centre of Western Australia.
During the initial stages of development, I was introduced to Karly Rauchelle. After tragic circumstances left her and her children without a husband and father, Karly began her own grief support group. Over the next few years, Karly worked tirelessly to support and advocate for men, women and children in grief, while also achieving outstanding results at the governance and procedural level.
Karly and her team established a path, with high aims and a core belief closely aligned to our own. Even though Karly decided to step back from her work in grief, she remains a founding member of The Grief Centre of Western Australia.
Since those early days, we have been gathering a support team with a mix of well-qualified, Pro Bono and volunteer staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. As a team, we are excited about the work and share a passion to change the way grief is viewed and responded to within the lives of individuals, families and communities.
We acknowledge the great work already done by many in the field of grief and loss in Western Australia. We hope to work with, and build upon, their years of experience and dedication.
– Christine Richardson,
Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer
The Grief Centre of WA was created to provide Understanding, Support and Recovery to the people of Western Australia. We are committed to helping those suffering and advocate on their behalf to change the way grief is viewed and responded to in the community. Our organisational aim is to:
- Provide practical, psychological and emotional support services for people experiencing grief through bereavement.
- Provide education to the community about the grieving process and its social, mental, emotional and physical impacts, both personally and professionally.