Wombat's Wish
Victoria's leading grief support service for children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent

Family Days

Throughout the year, Wombat’s Wish hosts Family Days. These enable families to reconnect with previous program friends in a safe and fun environment. It’s also a great opportunity for families who have not yet been on a Wombat’s Wish weekend program to meet our team, other families, and get to know our organisation.

Previous Family Day activities have included mini-golf, adventure mazes, arcade games, bowling, and our annual Wombat’s Wish Christmas Party. We’ve even had special visitors, including Freeman the Wombat, our Ambassadors Emily Mannix (Melbourne Vixens), Tom Hawkins (Geelong Cats), and even Santa Claus!

All Family Day events are held free of charge to the families, and are advertised via our Facebook, Instagram, quarterly newsletter and email.

Grief Support

Group counselling are 60-90 minute sessions, held throughout the school term.

The main objective of this curriculum is to aid children & young people through their grieving process. Each session has specific objectives to work toward together, and overall the desired outcome is that children are able to acknowledge and accept their loss, identify their feelings and focus on positive memories.

The six-week program covers understanding death, identifying and expressing feelings, preserving memories, and coping with grief using their strengths.

Wombat’s Wish can provide one to one grief counselling support for children and young people registered with our program. 

These sessions will facilitated by a qualified, experienced psychologist and are free for families to access. 

We’re pleased to be launching our new Wombat’s Wish Online Lounge program in Spring 2023. There are three online lounges – one each for parents/carers, youth, and younger children; with helpful topics, stories and support specific to each group.

Held monthly via Zoom, each lounge session is designed to provide a safe and supportive discussion space. These discussions will be facilitated by a psychologist, providing support within the session. At the conclusion of the session the psychologist can provide feedback and referral services if needed and where necessary, write case notes on any concerns for individuals or families.

Most importantly, these lounges will allow participants to share their advice and grief journeys with each other, forming long-lasting connections and community.

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Wombat’s Wish acknowledges the Wadawarrung, Taungurung and Bunurong peoples as Traditional Custodians of the lands from which we live and work,
and we pay our deep respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.