Example Conversations

Going beyond traditional survey

Real stories from real Australians

My mom is already old and having more illness as well as my cousin has cancer. I felt very lonely and sad because I cannot help them physically as I migrated to Australia. I can only provide financial and spiritual support. Since I just started here in Melbourne, it adds up to my emotional baggage. There are moments that I break down and cry by myself or with my partner. I feel lost most of the time.

My partner and my family back in our country supports me. They talk and discuss things with me that deals with my deeper emotions. (Couple, 25-34, Female)

My significant other died due to cancer. I hit rock bottom because i lost someone i loved. I couldn’t bear the grief. I went into seclusion and depression.

The hardship was emotional mental and financial. Extreme stress as i dont know many people and friends.  Difficult in almost everything i could think off.. i thought i would rather die to make me feel better.  I had no support. (Married, 35-44, Male)

I got sepsis and had to have emergency surgery. If I didn’t call the ambulance I would be dead. Scared me a lot. Felt scared afraid nervous unloved. (Couple, 35-44, Female)

My best friend and grandfather both died within 4 months of each other they were both the closest people to me in this world and I felt lost for a long time until I realised they weren’t in any pain anymore!  The complete loss of both of them, it sent me into a depression.  The feeling of being  overwhelmed with not having them anymore sent me into that depression which took me a while to get out of.  There is a lot of support out there none of which I used as I couldn’t afford to see anybody. (Married, 35 to 44, Female)

BITE BY THE SNAKE AND IT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME I HAVE EVER FACED.  I FEEL LONELY AND NO ONE CAN REALLY HELP ME GO THOUGH THIS PERIOD.  NO ONE CAN REALLY HELP YOU.   NO SUPPORT AND I NEED HELP. (Married, 25-34, Male)

My experience confirms that death is part of living. This helps me deal with my inevitable death in an accepting way. Being able to support someone as they passed proved invaluable for my emotional well-being. (Single, 55-64, Male)

I see death as a natural event and part of living, we all die at some stage, so enjoy every day whatever happens. There was a hole that was occupied and now is not in this physical world, I felt a little sad but not for long, so this did not impact me for long. A counsellor once made some impactful statements which allowed me to accept what happened. Most people require some time to accept death as it is a subject not spoken about much in our society. (Single, 75+, Male)

It hasn’t affected me as dying is part of life and we can’t escape it, so my thinking is accept it for what it is and get on with the living bit. (Single, 75+, Female)

It was all emotional, but because we had a long time to think about it, it did not have a huge impact.