Why Choose The Australian Institute for Loss & Grief?

Seven Phases

The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief framework was researched and developed by an Aboriginal Australian for Indigenous Peoples around the world’!

30 Years' Professionalism

With 30 years’ experience in loss and grief, the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief © framework is often described as unique and innovative.

Lived Experiences

The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief framework was researched and developed using what is increasingly becoming a recognisable framework described as ‘lived experiences’.

Human Experience

The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief ‘exposed’ how loss and grief is a human experience and therefore doesn’t discriminate.

Na Marni From The Australian Institute For Loss And Grief

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Na Marni – welcome to Australian Institute for Loss and Grief!  Rosemary Wanganeen is the founding CEO of the Australian Institute for Loss and Grief and is 100% owned and operated by her.  She is a proud Aboriginal Australian from South Australia of Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, Wirrangu and Koogatha on the west coast of SA, similarly proud of her English heritage.  As a proud non-academic, she refers to herself as a Griefologist for the following reasons:

  1.  She spent 5 years (1987-1992) in a state of ‘self-healing’ to reconcile her significant losses with her person suppressed unresolved grief which enables her to ‘walk the talk’.  Some of her significant losses she grieved through: loss of culture; childhood family violence; death of mother at 10-years old; Stolen Generation and experienced all forms of abuses; adult family violence.
  2. In 1992 she began to design the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief which has proven to have bi-cultural validity, today;
  3. In 1994 she studied with Bereavement Educational Services (SA) (non-existent) and was profoundly affected by the teaching when she realised loss of one’s culture wasn’t understood.

During her time in ‘self-healing’ and combining her time on the Committee to Defend Black Rights (1986-87) and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987-1991) she identified two major gaps in services for her and for her local Aboriginal community: 1) there was no culturally sensitive and appropriate loss and grief counselling services and 2) there seemed to be no culturally sensitive and appropriate loss and grief model that acknowledged Ancestral and contemporary losses and suppressed unresolved grief.  This resulted in her setting up the Sacred Site Within Healing Centre (1993).  The Healing Centre went from strength to strength so she registered the Australian Institute for Loss and Grief Pty Ltd (2005).  Today, she’s a specialist in loss and grief and applies it to her Counselling, Education, Presenter, and an Assessor.

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