History of ACGB

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which was established in 1996 to provide a range of education, training, research and professional service options for those working in the area of grief and bereavement. Opportunities are available for those working with grieving people and for members of the community to attend seminars, workshops and courses, to undertake clinical work placements and receive supervision. Customised training, consultation and advice are also available to organisations on issues of grief and bereavement.

ACGB is funded by the Department of Health to provide a statewide specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death of someone close to them. A range of specialist services and programs are provided including office based bereavement counselling, outreach counselling, regional specialist bereavement counsellors, a range of support groups, written resource material and newsletters, an annual ceremony of remembrance, a bereavement information and referral service for the general public and an advice and consultation service for workers in other settings. Volunteers are integral to the delivery of the wide range of services provided by ACGB.

History of the ACGB Logo

The ACGB wave logo was designed in 2000 by leading identity management and design experts FHA Design, led by the Australian graphic designer, Richard Henderson. Mr Henderson has contributed to the evolution of Australia's visual culture over his 30-year career. In 2003 he established R-Co, a brand identity, image and internet solutions consultancy where he is currently CEO and creative director. In 2007 he won the Distinguished Alumni award from Monash University and in 2009 was admitted to the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame.

Mr Henderson has developed a diverse range of brand image projects for the retail, corporate, environmental,  government and not-for-profit sectors. His experience includes image identity work for Telstra, the Australian Football League, BHP Billiton, Crown, ANZ Bank, FoodWorks, Mitsubishi, Orica, Tennis Australia, Golf Australia and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was also the design director of the identity for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The ACGB logo reflects the many threads of grief, including its emotional, behavioural, cognitive, spiritual and social dimensions. The waves, differing in form and shape reflect both the individual and private experience and the collective and social experience of grief. Moving away from outdated concepts such as "closure" and "acceptance" it recognises the oscillating, dynamic and life-long resonance of loss in our lives.