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Sat, 26 Oct


The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Expert panel discussion on sibling bereavement - Introducing a new support resource

In this event, counselling psychologists, bereavement professionals and subject matter experts on perinatal loss will introduce a new psychotherapeutic children's book on pregnancy and baby loss for use by parents and mental health professionals.

Expert panel discussion on sibling bereavement - Introducing a new support resource
Expert panel discussion on sibling bereavement - Introducing a new support resource

Time & Location

26 Oct 2024, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

About the event

In an expert panel discussion featuring the author and parents with lived experience of baby loss, we introduce a new psychotherapeutic children's picture book for working through grief with bereaved children.

Focussing specifically on sibling bereavement as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, TFMR and neonatal death, this book opens up a space for conversation between children and caregivers gently but informatively. It introduces the concept of death, feeling confusing emotions and will help parents explain tricky questions about what happened to the baby, where it went, why it died and how to cope with this maddening and difficult emotion called grief

After experiencing perinatal bereavement, parents face significant emotional upheaval. They may not be in the best shape to meet the often complex emotional and psychological needs of their existing children while struggling with their own trauma.

“The House in Ollie’s Tummy” was written to support both parents and children through this difficult time, by providing families with an age-appropriate grief support that helps parents to explain and children to understand what happened. In doing so, this book hopes to support positive developmental outcomes in children after sibling bereavement.

The book is also recommended for use by family therapists, child psychologists and other mental healthcare providers in their work with grieving families and young people.

Parents, teachers, counsellors & caregivers can use this book and its accompanying resources:

  • with children aged 3 - 7 years old
  • to help explain the abstract topics of death loss and grief gently but informatively
  • for tips on how best to phrase answers to tricky questions in a way that promotes a child’s understanding of what happened
  • to promote bonding after loss
  • for creative grief activities to do with children of all ages and help them process new and confusing emotions together.


  • 1 hour

    Introducing: Isabelle Oderberg, expert panelist

    Performance Space

  • 1 hour

    Introducing: Nicole Hasseline, expert panelist

    Performance Space
3 more items available


  • General Admission

    1x general admission ticket for the book launch of "The House in Ollie's Tummy"




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