Grief and Bereavement Service

Find Comfort and Support in Times of Grief at Hilda’s House

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be an incredibly difficult and emotionally taxing experience. At Ipswich Hospice Care, we recognise the challenges that come with this kind of loss and are here to offer a range of supportive services to help individuals and families cope. Our services are open to everyone residing in the West Moreton Health region, regardless of whether they have stayed with us or not and do not meet the exclusion criteria. Since 1995, we have provided compassionate grief and bereavement support to those who need it most. Our goal is to offer comfort and support to those who have experienced the pain of losing someone close to them, whether the loss was expected or not.

Hilda’s House: A Historic Restoration and Haven for Support

In 1995, Dr. Hilda des Arts undertook the ambitious project of restoring a classic Queenslander home to serve as a modern office and training space, as well as a welcoming haven for both individual and group counselling. This effort coincided with the establishment of Ipswich Hospice Care, and since then, both institutions have grown and evolved together. Over the years, Hilda’s House has expanded its support offerings for adults and children, and today, it is the only program of its kind in the West Moreton region to receive full funding. With its rich history and ongoing commitment to fostering wellness and healing, Hilda’s House remains a cherished resource for the community.

Our Grief and Bereavement Services

We understand that the loss of a loved one can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. That’s why we offer a range of services:

  1. Individual Support: Personalised one-to-one assistance for individuals navigating the complexities of bereavement (Exclusion criteria applies).
  2. Palliative Care Counselling: Tailored counselling services for individuals and families approaching the end of life, supporting both the individuals facing the end of life and their loved ones.
  3. Kids’ Grief Group: A dedicated program catering to children aged 6 to 14, providing a safe space for them to express their grief and connect with peers facing similar situations.
  4. Parents and Carers Support Group: Concurrent with the Kids’ Grief Group, this program is designed for those supporting grieving children, offering insights into children’s grieving processes.
  5. Adult Grief Group: Specifically crafted for bereaved adults, this program provides a facilitated group setting for individuals to connect and share their experiences.
  6. Drop-In Group: Informal bi-monthly gatherings, creating a supportive environment for bereaved individuals to connect and share experiences.
Referral Process:

You can access our services through the following avenues:

  • Phoning the Grief and Bereavement Service directly on (07) 3812 1163
  • Email:
  • Health professionals and schools can also refer by visiting the ‘Referrals’ tab at the top of this page.

    Following referral, a member of our Grief and Bereavement Team will reach out, inviting you to meet with our dedicated Social Worker. This initial consultation aims to determine the most suitable program for your unique circumstances, marking the first step toward healing and support.

    Supportive Care and Funding Information

    Thank you for considering Ipswich Hospice Care for your grief and bereavement support. Our team of skilled practitioners and volunteers are here to provide you with the support you need during this difficult time.

    We kindly request donations for all bereavement services provided, with any contributions of $2 or more being tax deductible. All funds go towards supporting our grief and bereavement support services, which are partly funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). Your support will allow us to continue providing high-quality care to those in need.

    If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us at (07) 3812 1163 or via fax at (07) 3812 0232. We are here to help in any way we can.