Compassionate Communities


A compassionate community supports conversations around grief and the end of our lives.  

During 2021/22 we tested a variety of programs to learn how best to support Compassionate Communities in a sustainable way. We would like to acknowledge The Hospital Research Foundation, Palliative Care SA and our dedicated community focus group for supporting these programs.

How to support someone who is grieving (video series)

Grief is a natural and normal reaction when we experience change, loss and death. These videos explain in a practical way, how to support your friends and family in a time of need.

Terry Davenport is our video guide and he has 50 years’ experience in counselling. Terry is a respected and valued council volunteer of the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Video series

Click on the links below to watch the videos in Youtube.

Introduction video

What is grief and grieving?

What support do grieving people need?

What if I don’t feel comfortable talking about grief?

Useful skills and techniques

Supporting information


My Grief Assist

These videos were created as part of the Compassionate Communities program funded by The Hospital Research Foundation Group Palliative Care.

Remember me recipes

The City of Tea Tree Gully community has kindly shared the memories and recipes of their loved ones.

See recipes list

Plan ahead

Plan ahead - emotional will

Record your reflections on a life well lived to share with your family and friendsEmotional will(PDF, 1MB)

Take your time to fill this in. You could also add photos or letters to this memory parcel and keep it with your legal will.

Plan ahead - SA Health

The SA Health - Plan ahead website has information about safeguarding your rights and taking control of your future. 

Learn more about advanced care directives, wills, organ donation and enduring power of attorney.

Watch this planning ahead video from the SA Government for more information.