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Healing circles

in the coroner's court


Collective trauma is shared by a group of people, including whole communities. 

Bereavement within First Nations communities profoundly impact each individual.

A start towards

First Nations deaths in custody and police operations

The undeniable experience of loss, grief, and trauma that families undergo after a death in custody or police operations.

These emotions intensify due to strained connections with law enforcement, correctional services, juvenile justice, and the judicial system.

These services embody Australia's colonial past and consistently inflict trauma on First Nations people.


Persistent complex grief manifests due to an ongoing cycle of mourning for numerous and distressing losses.

- It is associated with elevated incidences of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and thoughts of suicide.

- First Nations individuals undergo complex grief, placing them at a heightened risk for developing protracted mourning.

" Healing Circles"

Engaging in Yarning conversations facilities the healing Journey allowing First Nations families and communities to navigate grief within the coronial process. Emphasising compassionate and transparent dialogues, along with recognition and active listening, becomes crucial. 


- Trauma encompasses symptoms and encounters from overwhelming, stressful life events that surpass an individual's coping capacity.

- The impact of trauma extends to a person's thoughts, emotions, and physical well-being, often leading to profound feelings of grief, anger, sadness, guilt, or fear in its aftermath.

Indigenous approach or Indigenous research methods.

The journey of healing is continuous, fostering identity strength, cultural resilience, and recovery from traumas in a culturally secure manner.

The key Principles of a "healing circle" Respect the presence and dignity, appreciate the contributions of each participant, underscore the interconnectedness among people, encourage spiritual and emotional expression, and ensure an equal voice for all.

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Our community members with lived experiences are our experts—only they should have a say.


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