Work-related Grief Support

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Work-related Grief Support (WGS) is a free support service for people living in Victoria who have been bereaved by the work-related death of a loved-one. Bette Phillips is the Coordinator, Workplace and Family Grief Support.

No matter how long ago the death happened, if you would like to talk to someone, please contact Bette Phillips.


Tel: 03 9692 9427




Services Available from WGS
  • Support and comfort to people bereaved by the work-related death of a family member in Victoria.
  • Home visits in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
  • Creative arts workshops for healing and remembrance.
  • Ceremonies of remembrance can be organised for the families of the person who has died.
  • Annual Remembrance Service in late November each year.
  • Regular social dinners in Melbourne (Chadstone) and at Geelong for bereaved families to meet and talk for mutual support and friendship
  • Being a companion on appointments
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Retreats
  • Telephone and email support.
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Olive lights her candle
Olive lights her candle

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 Memorial Quilt

The Memorial Quilt focuses on remembering those who have died from work-related causes. The Quilt also draws public attention to the need for improved workplace health and safety.


A relaxing  country retreat can be organised when there are sufficient people who would like to attend.  Phone or email Bette to register your interest.

Trudging through the Mud of Grief: The Gumboot Workshop
Trudging through the Mud of Grief: The Gumboot Workshop

The free quarterly Work-related Grief Support Newsletter provides up-to-date program activity information and articles from clients, supporters and staff.  Email Bette to go on the mailing list.

Reports and Research

These reports may be helpful for understanding work-related death and grief, and how to offer support to people who are bereaved.

Til Death us do Part is a collection of stories from bereaved family members, compiled by Elizabeth Mobayad, whose father died in an industrial accident in 1995.  Bereavement Support Groups covers issues like development, leadership and training.

Justice and Healing draws together the commitment to breaking that silence of four people bereaved by a work-related death. Three took part in a program equipping them to speak the story of their experience. The focus of the program was on shaping a narrative that spoke the truth of their experience.

 Truckies’ Memorial Service

Each year a significant number of lives are lost in the trucking industry. The remembrance service at Alexandra honoured the men and women who have died while doing their work.  Watch a slide show of photos from the memorial event.