Grief Support

grief support

At Lovell Meizer Funerals, we are here to support you and provide a range of services and resources to help you navigate the complex path of grief and loss.

We understand that asking for help can be an extremely difficult step to take, but we want you to know that we are here for you at any time during your grieving process.

Our compassionate team is available to offer a shoulder to cry on and a hand when you need it most. We believe that together, we are stronger, and we are dedicated to assisting you through the healing process.

Remember, we are here for you, and you can contact us at any time. We are committed to helping you through this difficult time and offering the support you need to cope, heal, and remember. Together, we can navigate the path of grief, finding strength in unity.

Grief is a deeply personal and often overwhelming experience that can be challenging to navigate on your own. The process of healing after the loss of a loved one can be complex, but in Australia, there are numerous resources and support options available to help individuals and families cope with grief. Here, we expand on the various grief support services and resources that can be accessed in Australia:

Grief Counselling and Therapy

Professional grief counsellors and therapists offer one-on-one or group therapy sessions, providing a safe space to express your emotions and work through your grief. They can help you develop coping strategies and navigate the grieving process.

Grief Support Support Groups

Grief support groups bring together individuals who are experiencing similar loss. Sharing your story and emotions with others who understand can offer comfort, validation, and a sense of belonging during a difficult time.

Helplines and Hotlines

Various helplines and hotlines operate 24/7 in Australia to provide immediate emotional support. Trained professionals are available to offer a listening ear and guidance in moments of crisis.

Online Resources

Numerous websites and online forums offer articles, videos, and discussion boards focused on grief support. These resources can provide valuable information and connect you with a broader community of individuals who have experienced loss.

Community and Religious Support

Many communities and religious organisations offer grief support services. These may include memorial services, counselling, and spiritual guidance to help individuals find solace in their faith and community.

Crisis Services

In times of severe grief or crisis, organisations like Lifeline and Beyond Blue offer immediate support. They can be a lifeline for those in need of urgent emotional assistance.

Funeral Directors and Celebrants    

Funeral directors and celebrants often extend emotional support to bereaved families, helping them plan and conduct meaningful funeral or memorial services that honour the memory of the deceased.

Legal and Financial Assistance       

Coping with legal and financial matters after a loss can be daunting. Legal and financial professionals can assist with matters related to the deceased’s estate, wills, and financial planning.

Healthcare Professionals

General practitioners and healthcare providers can provide referrals to specialists if they identify complicated or prolonged grief that may require professional intervention.

Educational Workshops

Workshops and seminars on grief and bereavement are available to help individuals gain a deeper understanding of the grieving process and develop effective coping strategies.

Memorial Services and Events

Participating in memorial services, anniversaries, or remembrance events can offer a way to connect with others who share similar experiences and to pay tribute to the memory of your loved one.

Self-Care and Wellness

Encouraging self-care practices, such as exercise, healthy eating, and stress management, is essential for overall well-being while dealing with grief. Practicing self-compassion and self-care can contribute to the healing process.

In Australia, grief support is readily accessible through a variety of services and resources. It’s important to seek support that aligns with your unique needs and preferences. Grief is a deeply personal journey, and accessing the right form of support can significantly aid the healing process. Resources like the ones mentioned above are there to provide guidance and comfort during the challenging period of grief. 
Photo - Hayley Robertson

Hayley Robertson

Funeral & Mortuary Assistant

Helena Killington

Funeral Assistant

My background in aged care nursing has given me a chance to see firsthand the lives of the elderly in our community. I am especially passionate about helping grieving families give their loved ones a final goodbye that is dignified and respectful.

Since joining the team at Lovell Meizer Funerals we have been trained in specialist care of families and their dearly departed loved ones. We strive to always provide emotional support with a professional edge on our services whilst also being caring and helpful.

Whilst we work in a small team, we are close and support each other professionally and personally. We are careful to respect each individual family and give them the chance to grieve on their own terms. I feel that my role as a Funeral Assistant is an honour and I look forward to growing my skills and helping families on a personal level for many years to come.

I love being a part of the Goulburn community and live here with my daughter, our 2 cats Percy and PJ, our rescue dog Daisy and our chickens. I have many close friendships that I cherish dearly, I enjoy catching up for coffee, getaways, games nights and movies with friends.

Melissa Chandler

Funeral & Mortuary Assistant

While I have always had an interest in death and different customs across the world the reality of my own mortality and that of those around me is what really struck home for me and gave me that push to enter an industry that always intrigued me.

Knowing I cannot fix the loss that someone is going through I take comfort that I may be able to help them in some small way, be it by offering support and comfort or providing loving care in preparation for their loved one on their final journey.

In my spare time I like spending time with my husband and children at our home here in Goulburn. Together we enjoy movies, make up, special effects and true crime stories.

Susan Ebsworth

Funeral Assistant

I have always had a special place in my heart for the elderly. This sentiment was strengthened when it came to caring for my own elderly parents in later life. My own experience and loss have really shaped me and given me an overwhelming sense of direction for helping others move through their journey of love and loss.

I take great pride in assisting families at Lovell Meizer Funerals and consider my position such a privilege. I feel honoured to walk alongside families through their time of loss with a goal to treat every family with the dignity and care that I would want for my own family.  It is my sincere hope that I can make a difference to the lives of others.

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren who keep me young at heart. I also love spending time in my garden and working on my campervan project. I am creative and like to design and create macramé, crochet babies and children’s garments and toys and dabble in house renovations.

Shiane Lovell

Managing Director

I have 12 years’ experience in finance and event management and as such am extremely organised with an attention to detail.

I have worked with many families over the years to ensure the best production and delivery of video and memorial stationary, our ‘Lasting Tributes’. I am caring, compassionate and will ensure the most outstanding service is provided to each family.

My family values have been strong since I was a child. I have had the benefit of growing up with very close relationships to my grandparents, together with my mum they taught me the importance of family and made me extremely grateful for today having such a beautiful family of my own.

Unlike my partner, I didn’t realise my passion and purpose until much later in life and it wasn’t until we purchased this business and opened our doors to grieving families that I realised this is exactly where I was always supposed to be. I am immensely proud of our ability to help families when they are going through such a hard time.

The loss of some of the closest people in my life has really given me a deep understanding for those going through the same and I find my empathy for others is what drives me to do the best I can for every family.

Together with my partner / wife we have built a family with our three children and enjoy watching them realise their potential over the years.

I have many friendships and value social time with others. At the same time, I am happy just hanging out at home with our dogs or playing games on the computer / Xbox. I consider myself to be somewhat of a tv / movie buff and could happily hibernate watching series after series until I fall asleep with my dogs on my lap.

Kristy Meizer JP

Managing Director & Family Consultant

I am a strong and independent woman, who has, like many others faced adversity along the way. I have had my share of trials and tribulations but at the end of the day have rose above it all to become successful in a field that I love.

I began my career in the funeral industry in 2001 in Canberra and over the years have worked at several funeral homes. I have spent many years working behind the scenes in a mortuary setting.

Over the years I have developed specialised skills and a have a true passion for restorative work, allowing families the opportunity to gain closure from seeing & spending time with their loved ones when this might have otherwise been discouraged.

During my career I have also worked for the ACT Government at their Forensic Medical Centre. I believe my extensive knowledge, skills and personal love for what I do have moulded me into someone you can trust and rely on in times of unforgiving grief.

As an individual my personal life is filled with family. I have strong family values and have close relationships with my beautiful family. I have three beautiful children. Our 19-year-old son has just purchased his first home in Queanbeyan and our two little girls, 3 & 5 years old are both skilled bike and scooter riders. All three give me the greatest sense of pride. Watching them all grow and develop their own achievements is my life’s goal and biggest joy.

As for personal hobbies, I enjoy exploring with my kids, going to the beach, and trying my hand at camping, I am the first to admit this is an ongoing trial and i am more of a self proclaimed ‘glamper’. I love shopping, some may call me a shopaholic, I see it more as a relaxing pastime.  

​I am a registered Justice of the Peace in and for the State of New South Wales Australia.