Each of us have a right, a role and a responsibility to ‘dismantle’ Plato’s misconception that grief is ‘illogical’ and that it is a ‘weakness’; know that grieving strengthens and sustains one ’s innate human Intuitive Intelligence©.  Intuitive Intelligence© is a compilation of Affirmed Attributes©: self-confidence; self-esteem; self-worth; faith and trust in the Self and others.

Know that the human body is designed to experience all forms of losses and to grieve through them, from the cradle to the grave.

If you’re experiencing some of the following and feel overwhelmed, you’ve  probably experienced a degree of losses (as outlined below) and therefore in a degree of grieving:

  • Feel like self-harming, have suicidal thought, attempted suicide?
  • Feel like physically harming family, friends, strangers & or property?
  • Have you got problems at home, work or school?
  • Do you sometimes feel worried, afraid, panicky, angry, guilty or miserable for what seems like no good reason?
  • Have you lost your confidence, self-esteem, faith and trust in your own abilities or that of others?
  • Are you under pressure from a relationship, separation or family breakdown?
  • Is any form of addictions controlling your life?
  • What is deemed as ‘behavioural problems’ for a child/young person, loss and grief refers to them having a mild to medium to a major grief reaction due to a major loss occurring in their life; family, school, other.

What are losses?

  • Tangible losses are losses that can be identified by our 5 human senses: see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. For example, a sudden death accidental or suicide; anticipating a death; loss of employment; family break-up/divorce; loss of promotion; of good health; empty nesting; homelessness; imprisonment!
  • In-tangible losses are losses that cannot be identified by our 5 human senses for example loss of identities; loss of status; loss of self-worth; confidence; self-esteem; faith & trust in one’s own abilities & of others; loss of motivation; loss of inspiration etc.  In-tangible losses occur more likely, as a direct result of tangible losses.

What is grief?
The intensity of the following grief emotions will be determined by the loss/es: grief shock; grief depression; grief (physical) illness; grief panic; grief guilt; grief anger; grief apathy; grief tears; grief forgiveness; integrate the losses; inspired to acquire individual potential.

Know that ‘self-healing’ for the self or others can only begin when the timing is right for that individual ‘hitting’ their ‘rock-bottom’ can grieving begin, deeply and meaningfully. This will encourage people to integrate their losses and be inspired to want to move forward in life.  This person needs boundaries with love and patients.

Who will benefit?

It’s a framework that can provide counselling for individuals; couples; families; children with support & guidance from parents/carers.

  • Un-employment – long term unemployed who feel they are stuck in a rut.
  • Employed – Being human can be difficult to leave their personal life experiences at home and/or leave their profession life experiences in the workplace.
  • Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal people as loss and grief is a human experience which doesn’t discriminate.

Rosemary Wanganeen has gained extensive skills and wisdom from her years of a lived experience framework in working through these issues personally and professionally with her clients.

Rosemary has worked with clients who have been referred to her by government and NGO’s as well as self-referrals.
As the Australian Institute is a private enterprise funding must accompany clients who are referrals.
As the Institute is a home office it is requested that ringing the office first would be greatly appreciated! Counselling can be at our home/office or where ever the client feels safe and comfortable.


The Australian Institute understands and values the concerns of confidentiality particularly amongst many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; we go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ to value and respect your confidentiality.

The Australian Institute for Loss and Grief continues to provide a loss and grief framework to counsel people in the workforce who are experiencing barriers in the form of fears and anxieties of taking steps to apply for that promotion or of from extending themselves from applying for a whole new career change. Providing the individual has the practical skills our loss and grief framework provides the emotional skills for the individual to ‘embrace your fears and anxieties and apply anyway’!

The Australian Institute understands and values the concerns of confidentiality particularly amongst many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; we go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ to value and respect your confidentiality.

The Australian Institute has been providing an Employment Assistance Program (EAP) for the last 15 years to several government and non-government organisations predominately for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee’s but not limited to. Currently, Australian Institute has or is currently providing EAP program in SA to the following organisations:

  • Access Programs
  • Converge International – SA
  • Relationships Australia (SA)
  • Acacia Connections (Anglicare SA)
  • Primary Industry Regional SA (PIRSA)

EAP is for colleagues/staff already employed and who are finding it challenging and or overwhelming in the workplace.  It will always be just a matter of time before a loss experience will occur in varying degrees, in your personal and professional life from a family setting, friend, colleague or workplace.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues/staff, the EAP is particularly important if and when adversarial experiences occur.

The Australian Institute is open to all people, but the EAP program enables Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander staff the choice of accessing a culturally appropriate counselling service.

The objectives of the Employees Assistant Program are:

  • Reduce the levels of grief (distress) among employees.
  • Reduce the numbers of grief (stress) related physical illness.
  • Improvement in the overall work performance through grief counselling.
  • Improvement in the general health and welfare of employees.

Organisations are recognising that there may be occasions when an employee’s work performance can be affected by problems experienced in their professional working life or their personal and family life.

They also recognise the benefits in providing a professional and strictly confidential free counselling service for employees (and families). It means the employees are assisted in resolving any work-related or personal problems, which in turn enables them to return as soon as possible to their normal level of functioning in the workplace.