October 9, 2014
Coping with the death of a child due to injury

The death of a child due to any circumstance is a traumatic event that can have long-term effects on the lives of parents, siblings, family members and friends.

A child death due to an unintentional injury often brings about a very unique set of feelings and emotions for parents, carers and those close to the child – emotions which can be quite different to those felt by someone who has experienced a child death due to other causes (e.g. an illness).

Everyone reacts differently, however it is common for parents and carers to feel a great sense of blame and guilt after a child death due to injury. These feelings are often linked to the expectation that as adults, it is our role to protect children from harm, leading those close to the child to feel like they could have done more to protect the child.

This section provides a range of information to assist in transforming the pain and grief associated with the death of a child due to injury, into hope. You can also view a list of support services that offer information, programs and resources to assist you during this difficult time.Please click on the images below to access the relevant information and fact sheets. The fact sheets, links and resources below have been provided by the Compassionate Friends Victoria and the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

      Stages of grief  Grief and healing  Grief theory  Anniversaries and significant occassions

                       Children and grief 5 and under  Children and grief 6-12  Children grieve too     


Please note: This site is not intended to replace medical advice, but provide links to information, advice and support services. If you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional crisis, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hour support).