Qualifications / Affiliations:
Qualified counsellors are registered with the Australian Counselling Association with additional grief training
Absent Companion and Adversity Wellbeing Services (ACAWS) is a no-charge phone counselling line for grieving or distressed individuals, attended to by qualified counsellors registered with the Australian Counselling Association with additional grief training. We offer immediate care and appointment-based support for families facing grief or injury of themselves or family members – human or animal.
The aim of our care is to provide:
understanding without descrimination or judgement.
a place for the person to identify and express their feelings
reassurance and guidance through their experience of grief
assistance in problem-solving and decision-making in future decisions
building strength and resilience
extra support or referrals where necessary.
Hi, I’m Lori the founder of ACAWS . ACAWS is the method in which colleagues and myself outreach our message of understanding and supporting the needs, beliefs, and lives of our communities. We are recognised by professional associations and animal caregivers ourselves, meaning we know too well how much our loved ones can be the basis of the happiness in life. Pet grief therapists are not very common in Australia and I felt it was an area I was most interested in, having a history in donating to rescue homes, being aware and actively researching what animals mean to humanity, and having a few fur children of my own.