Compassionate Communities


A Compassionate Community supports conversations around grief and the end of our lives. Council has a variety of programs and resources available to support community. 

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.

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

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 & techniques

Supporting information


My Grief Assist

Remember me recipes

The City of Tea Tree Gully community has kindly shared their memories and recipes of their loved one. We would like to thank them for taking to time to contribute their recipes and we look forward to making new recipes and memories.

See recipes list


Plan ahead

Plan ahead - emotional will

Print out this emotional will to record your reflections on a life well lived: Emotional will(PDF, 1MB)

Take your time to fill this in and share with family and friends when you're ready.

You could also add photos or letters to this memory parcel and keep it with your legal will as a nice surprise.

Plan ahead - SA Health

See the SA Health website for comprehensive information regarding safeguarding your rights and taking control of your future. 

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

SA Health - Plan ahead website

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