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Rising Spirits Grief and Loss website

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The mortality rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is 1.6 times higher than for non-Indigenous people. The high prevalence of premature deaths in Aboriginal communities means that Aboriginal people are grieving and attending funerals all the time. Tauto Sansbury talked about this prevalence of premature death in his letter, 8 Funerals in 13 Days, which helped inspire the Rising Spirits Project.

The Rising Spirits Community Resilience project investigated what supports Aboriginal people need during bereavement, what is available that is being utilised by Aboriginal people, where the gaps are and the readiness of communities and the state to address grief and loss. Services and inter-agency linkages were mapped indicating the direction of referrals, the closeness of partnerships, sectors, and whether funding ceased within the research timeframe.

This website is a practical outcome of the Rising Spirits project and aims to offer information and resources for the SA Aboriginal community and service providers.

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Posted on December 1, 2015

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