Bereavement Support

HeartKids supports families through the entire journey of CHD and we would like to offer you support during your time of grief and loss. While everyone finds their own way to grieve it is important to have the support of friends and family or someone else, and to talk to about your loss when you need to. HeartKids is here to help.

Our Family Support Coordinators are here to take your call. They are all Heart parents and are here to listen and support you in any way they can.

We can also put you in contact with other heart angel families.

Please note that our Family Support Coordinators are not professional counsellors and we advise you to seek medical advice for professional support.

Bereavement Counselling

HeartKids NSW (HKNSW) has identified the need for a policy within our broader Family Support Program where we can help our members both emotionally and financially when dealing with the loss of a precious heart angel. Our Caring Hearts Program provides financial assistance for the Access to Psychological Services program (ATAPS) or BetterAccess to Mental Health program as recommended through your GP.

Click here to download Bereavement counselling  Reimbursement Form

How else we can support you…

♥      Send flowers and a card to let you know that we care and are thinking of you.

♥   Where possible and if desired, attend the funeral service of your loved one.

♥   Provide information on children’s funeral services.

♥   Provide in-memorium information and envelopes for the service in lieu of gifts.

♥   Provide information on professional medically trained counselling support.

♥   Our Regional representatives can also offer you their support in your time of need.

♥   Provide the opportunity for you to set up an In Memorium Fund for your Heart Angel.

♥   Your family is always a part of HeartKids. Parents, siblings and extended family are welcome to stay involved and attend all HeartKids events.

♥   Exclusive events just for our bereaved families.


A message from a Heart Angel Mother

As an Angel Mum, I wanted to share this photo taken in my garden the other day. The Heart Group presented me with the rose bush in 1999 in memory of Anthony Lilley. 12th May would have been his 30th birthday. The rose bush has many buds waiting to open, the best in many years. Thank you to the thoughtful ladies who gave me the beautiful rose.

External Support

♥    Westmead Children’s Hospital has an expert Psychologist with extensive experience in CHD support. DR Nadine Kasparian. Psychologist, Heart Centre for Children, Children’s Hospital Westmead. 9845-0000

There are many wonderful support agencies that can also provide assistance….

Bereavement Support Agencies


To contact our Family Support Bereavement Coordinator,

Kim Mackie  Ph: (02) 9631 2600

New South Wales