Caring, dying and grieving is everyone’s business

Caring, dying and grieving is everyone’s business

Our purpose is that every person, every family and every community in the South West of Western Australia knows what to do when someone is caring, dying or grieving.

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We respond with a shared humanity and kindness to each person’s pain, distress and need. We look for the things we can do, however small you think they may be, to give comfort and relief. We have time for those we support and work alongside. We do not wait to be asked, because we already care.

(Compassionate Communities Australia, 2024)

Navigating care, death, and grief together

Our commitment to the South West

Our vision is to build death-literate communities that are socially connected and capable of taking practical actions to care for each other through illness, death, and grief.

By fostering strong social connections, building robust support networks, and creating spaces for open conversations, we strive to create a culture where seeking and offering help is natural and encouraged. We honour diverse traditions and modern practices, ensuring that end-of-life wishes are respected and supported in meaningful ways.

We adopt a strengths-based approach, focusing on existing community assets and enhancing them to create resilient and Compassionate Communities. Our efforts are supported by a passionate committee of local leaders committed to promoting cooperation between formal services and our communities.

Through our Compassionate Bunbury Charter, Compassionate Connectors and Compassionate Workplaces and our education programs we provide various opportunities for engagement and support.

Navigating Care, Death, and Grief Together
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The Charter represents our best hope for Bunbury becoming a Compassionate City. It is accompanied by a Toolkit which outlines practical actions we can undertake individually and collectively. We would love to know how you are growing compassion.

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Compassionate Community Connectors support individuals and families meet their practical and social support needs. This involves mapping existing assets and identifying caring helpers who are able to form part of a person’s network of care.

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When it comes to caregiving, illness, and bereavement, how do you as an employer or employee respond when unexpected challenges and emotional struggles occur suddenly in the lives of the people you work with? Let’s have a chat.

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Become a Citizen Connector. We are offering 3 hour training sessions that will support you to have SIGNPOST conversations as part of their everyday interactions at home, with family, work colleagues and others you meet in the community.

The South West Compassionate Communities Network acknowledges the Noongar community as the traditional owners and custodians of Country in the South West of Western Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.