Grief Stricken Prime Minister

Your reaction to the death of a loved one is a very personal experience. Some people feel anger and not sadness, some seem to express no grief immediately but break down weeks or months later. Some people can lose interest in activities that they normally enjoy, or they isolate themselves from friends and family. The media has placed quite a bit of coverage on Julia Gillard after the shock passing of her father. Unfortunately however I have not seen the same duty of care that the media usually include when reporting a high profile suicide. If you are experiencing overwhelming psychological symptoms after the passing of a loved one, know that you are not alone and that help is available. I would recommend calling Lifeline, the 24hr counselling service on 13 11 14. You could also call the Bereavement Information and Referral Service on 1300 664 786. There are also a number of Grief Support Groups which can help you meet others that really do understand what you are going through. The feelings associated with grief can make you feel like no one else understands and because of that speaking to anyone else is pointless. Visit www.grief.org.au for further details of groups in  our area. If the loved one was recently treated at a hospital there is often Grief Support onsite, make sure you ask the onsite social worker or someone working at enquiries or reception.

Unfortunately for the Prime Minister, even her grief is placed under public scrutiny. Being followed by the larger than life reminders that always come along with any news story is bound to place unwanted stress on a family who wish for privacy. I understand that the public like to know about their personal side of their elected leader, however I feel this is a time when a limit on the media reporting should be enforced.