“The Chocolate Elephant workshop has given me new insights, and fresh, practical ideas – I feel motivated to be more inventive in my work and will use these activities and share them with the staff team.” – Workshop participant

“RCE is a great resource I have a parents group and plans for a children’s group in the near future and I cannot wait to put this knowledge into practice - talking sticks – brilliant.” – Workshop participant

“I’m a counsellor with young people and children coping with bereavement and loss and I’m really looking forward to using Red Chocolate Elephants - it will benefit and help the children and young people I work with. Thank you.” – Workshop participant

Workshops 1

Supporting Those Bereaved By Suicide Workshop

Posted on Sunday, 16th September 2018

Workshop hosted by Dr. Diana Sands

Melbourne 7th September 2018
Sydney 18th October 2018

To register visit grief.org.au or email education@grief.org.au

Supporting Those Bereaved By Suicide Workshop


Creating and Weaving the Continuing Bond Pre-Conference Workshop

Posted on Wednesday, 30th April 2016

Australian Postvention Conference to be held UNSW to be held on 23rd March 2017
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Weaving the Continuing Bond Pre-Conference Workshop


Weaving a Community Response in Hobart

Posted on Sunday, 3rd May 2015

Diana presenting "Weaving a community response to those bereaved by suicide" in Hobart, 11th May 2015.
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StandBy Response Service

Posted on Monday, 2nd March 2015

Diana Sands Workshop - Standby Reponse Service Workshop

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Should I tell the children?
A Workshop for People Bereaved by Suicide

Posted on Monday, 2nd March 2015

On Thursday March 5 at the YWCA in Goonellabah, Dr Diana Sands, Director of the Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief in Sydney, will be presenting a workshop and discussion circle on how to broach this sensitive topic. Dr Sands has authored a resource specifically designed to support children to deal with bereavement, and this resource, Red Chocolate Elephants, will be featured during the event.

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Dr. Diana Sands will be presenting on Red Chocolate Elephants in Brisbane 12th May 2014

Posted on Thursday, 8th May 2014

Diana Sands Presentation - Salvation Army - Brisbane

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Suicide Prevention through Postvention:
Workshops in USA

Posted on Thursday, 14th March 2013

Tasmania Suicide Prevention Conference flyer

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The Children Bereavement Charity

Posted on Thursday, 22nd March 2012
The Children Bereavement Charity Logo

Workshops: Internationally acclaimed Dr Diana Sands, Director of the Bereaved by Suicide Service, Sydney introduces her innovative Red Chocolate Elephants Book and DVD resource for children bereaved by suicide.

The Child Bereavement Charity is the UK’s leading national organisation that supports families and provides training to professionals across the entire spectrum of child bereavement.

We support families and educate professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we deliver training across a breadth of issues to around 5000 professionals at the front line of bereavement support.

For further information about the charity and its work please visit our website.
Phone 01494 568900


“Inspiring, creative, insightful and motivating – this model is a valuable framework for helping those bereaved.” – Workshop participant

“So many times you come to training and leave with nothing. I feel today I’m leaving with so much. Thank you for a very thought provoking and helpful day.” – Workshop participant

“A well-constructed course, pitched at the right level, good information and research references and great to hear new practical approaches to deal with client work. I will integrate this into my work as a supervisor, trainer and counsellor.” – Workshop participant

Workshops 2

Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Conference 2015

Posted on Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

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Dr. Diana Sands is presenting a Workshop at the Suicide & Self Harm Prevention Conference, Cairns June 2015. Restoring the heartbeat of hope for those bereaved by suicide: the 'walking in the shoes model'.

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The 4th Australian Postvention Conference 2014

Posted on Monday, 10th March 2014

Postvention Australia Logo

The 4th Australian Postvention Conference 2014 is being held
5th-7th June 2014 at the University of New South Wales, Kensington; John Nilland Scientia Building.

This conference is for people bereaved by suicide and those working with/supporting the bereaved. The conference is hosted by Postvention Australia – National Association for the Bereaved by Suicide. On Saturday 7th June, there is a specific program for those bereaved by suicide that will include a healing and remembrance service.

The conference organisers are offering sponsorship to assist with cost to attend the conference for people bereaved by suicide. For further information, please contact Alan Staines on 0412164575 and/or go to the official event web page.

Survivors of Suicide Loss workshops in Canada

Posted on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

Survivors of Suicide Loss Event

Health professionals & volunteers – Saturday, May 11th 2013
Suicide prevention through postvention. This workshop will increase your knowledge and understanding of how to support those bereaved by suicide.

Those bereaved by suicide – Friday, May 10th 2013
This workshop will provide a greater depth of understanding of the grief journey survivors of suicide loss travel.

Contact: Penny flying_birds1@hotmail.com

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Red Chocolate Elephants coming to Cairns

Posted on Tuesday, 27th March 2012

Jodie Sherman

As part of National Youth Week in the Cairns Region Red Chocolate Elephants DVD and books will be placed in every school from the tip of Queensland through to the Cassowary Coast and Cairns including Primary, High and Private Schools and Public Libraries

Listen to ABC interview + read article

With special thanks

RCE Cairns Sponsors

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Suicide in Our Community in Cairns - Red Chocolate Elephants is part of Youth Week. Find out more here.

An interview with Diana

Posted on Thursday, 22nd March 2012

Reflections of a Bereavement Counsellor an interview with Diana in Bereavement Practice Notes ACGB Counselling and Support Services January 2012, Vol 8.

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