Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dads Have Someone to Talk to after Loss of Child

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dads Have Someone to Talk to after Loss of Child

Article excerpt

GRIEVING Rockhampton dads now have a caring bloke to turn to when they lose a child.

Sands Australia, the country's key support group for parents who have lost a baby during or straight after pregnancy, has started a specific support service for fathers.

Two dads who have gone through the grieving process have been trained to take calls for help from across the nation.

Wayne Faulkner (pictured), a gas industry logistics expert, is one of those men.

Mr Faulkner knows well the pain of losing a child. His wife suffered two miscarriages more than 30 years ago.

He said, like most men, he was his wife's bedrock, which meant there was little time for him to grieve.

"I was there for my wife when she miscarried but there was nowhere for me to go," Mr Faulkner said.

"I was also grieving for her and trying to work out how best to support her grief.

"I woke up at night crying.

"It was just unbearable grief - it came in waves and it was multi-faceted in that I was grieving for the loss of the babies and grieving for the potential loss of more children. …

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