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The upcoming Compassionate Communities event will provide residents with support in dealing with grief and loss.

Local families who care for children with life-limiting illness, those who are grieving the loss of a child and residents who know someone experiencing grief are invited to attend the upcoming Compassionate Communities event on Saturday.

The event will be held at the Bargara Cultural Centre from 10 am and is hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council in partnership with Hummingbird House, Wesley Mission Queensland and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

Peter Westoby from Hummingbird House said Compassionate Communities aimed to bring people together to discuss how to deal with grief and how to support those impacted.

He said the workshop would be broken up into two components, with the first focused on the experiences of local families.

“Compassionate Communities is about giving people the confidence in feeling more equipped with dealing with the difficult issues that come with dying and grief,” he said.

“This workshop is aimed at families dealing with grief and those in their circle who want to know more about what they can do to show support.

“When it comes to supporting those who are grieving, many people are scared that they might say something wrong or say something too sensitive.

“This event discusses how you can show support, whether it is what to say or just by being present.”

Peter said the second part of the event would discuss grief tending.

“This is all about how to look after grief,” he said.

“Sadly, grief touches everyone in our community but many people don't feel very comfortable with grief.

“How do we become comfortable?”

The Compassionate Communities workshop will be held on Saturday 22 October, 10 am to 1 pm at the Bargara Cultural and Community Centre on Hughes Road.

To rsvp phone 4130 4158.

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