About WSD

What is WSD?

“WSD is a support group to help people who have lost a partner through separation, divorce or death. Our approach is gentle, supportive and empowering.”.

Our aim is to encourage self-healing and self-growth. We do this through a 10-week structured course that will help you to:

  • Deal with all aspects of grief
  • Come to terms with your past life
  • Prepare for life ahead
  • Find answers to the practical, emotional and spiritual needs you may have.

WSD is a non-profit organisation.

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    If you have lost a partner, whether through a break-up of a relationship or through death, it is normal to go through a process of grieving.

    You are likely to experience a range of emotions such as:

    • Shock
    • Rejection
    • Betrayal
    • Anger
    • Guilt
    • Depression
    • Loneliness
    • Sadness
    • Stress

    Coping with the grief process and working through it is not easy. It is a time in everybody’s life when we need support, understanding, encouragement and practical help.

    Sometimes we need more than family or friends are able to give us. Sometimes counselling isn’t the complete answer. This is where WSD can help.

    WSD is a secular organisation and welcomes people of all walks of life, beliefs and denominations.

    Topics covered include:

    • Dealing with loss and grief
    • Coming to terms with being on your own.
    • Re-discovering trust in oneself and in others
    • Accepting changes in your relationships with others and in your social activities
    • Being a single-parent family

    Men and women of all ages and from all walks of life attend WSD courses, which have been run for over 20 years. The number of people attending courses varies from one course to the next, but typically is between 10 and 25.

    WSD is about healing. Many participants are at a vulnerable stage in the healing process and are not ready for a new relationship. Participants are encouraged not to enter into another relationship during the term of the course as this can hamper their long term healing. WSD aims to provide a safe environment for all participants, both during the course and at social events. To achieve this, WSD has a clear code of conduct in place, and individuals who do not honour this may be asked to leave.

    Yes. We offer a social program with various events to show you that life can be enjoyed again. Activities include walks, dining out, dances, movies and 10 pin bowling to name but a few.

    Social activities are generally low cost and children are welcome at most events.

    WSD will:

    • Help you feel more positive about yourself and about life
    • Help you realise you are not alone
    • Help you meet new friends
    • Increase your network of supportive people
    • Give you the zest for living again

    Lighting the way

    Both the WSD course and the subsequent social whirl have been a lighthouse in the stormy sea of grief following my wife’s passing. Just as importantly they also illuminate what we need to work on in the following months and years.


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    The cost of the course is $120 or $100 for Community Services Card holders. This covers your first year’s subscription to the WSD newsletter and organised events and other items such as course manuals, photocopying, and hall hire. (Should you need help with paying the fee, please let us know).

    Subscription renewal after the first year is $35 per year.

    Who can tell me more about WSD courses?
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    For more course information, please contact our Course Co-ordinator:
    If the Course Co-ordinator is unobtainable, please contact:
    Ross044995520 (to leave a message on our answerphone)