Silent Grief Conference

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Silent Grief Conference

Silent Grief Conference


Date(s) - 14/10/2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Riverton Baptist Church


Connections Counselling WA Presents

Annual Silent Grief Conference (2017)

Breaking the Silence to Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss

Pathological grief is one of the most damaging aspects of pregnancy loss, infant loss and abortions. This type of grief remains one of the best-kept secrets of motherhood, not to mention fathers who are quite often the forgotten ones. For some men and women who mourn in silence they sometimes isolate themselves; deny that anything is wrong; and in some cases, quietly suffer from feelings of shame and guilt.

A conservative estimate is that 1 in 4 women miscarry and 1 in 3 women have an abortion, in addition to other types of pregnancy loss or infant losses. Whether you are aware of it or not we will all know people who have had some type of pregnancy loss, infant loss and abortion.
Left unresolved, pathological grief related to pregnancy loss, infant loss and abortion impact many areas of our lives and those close to us.

Dr Philip Ney, Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry says;

“Women who have been impacted by pregnancy loss are more likely to have pathological, incomplete grief, and therefore become depressed and alienated, impacting the bonding process.

This depression:

  • 1) interferes with the bonding of parents to other children.
  • 2) diminishes their ability to respond to their infant’s cry,
  • 3) disrupts their parenting ability, and
  • 4) interferes with immune function and thus adversely affects general health.

Abuse and neglect are often transgenerational. Studies and research show that when there has been neglect and abuse women are more susceptible to having an abortion. Also when there is unresolved Pregnancy Loss post-natal depression and anxiety occur more often.”

Life has many twists and turns. Along the way, we pick up luggage. A sea chest of grief, a sack of guilt, a suitcase of weariness and a brief case of discontent, add on a back pack of shame, overnight bag of loneliness, a trunk of fear and for women a cosmetic bag filled to the brim of make up to cover up the pain. No wonder we feel exhausted.

This day conference for women and men is an opportunity for you, your family members, friends, neighbours etc.. Silent Grief is about breaking the silence on pregnancy loss and infant loss and abortion grief. Whether you have had a pregnancy loss or not, grieving and supporting women and men to grieve, is both urgent and vital.

Truly inspirational women are silent no more, they will be giving words to their losses and grief along with guest speakers well-known preacher, teacher and leader Rob Furlong and manager and counsellor Lyn Varty.

About Our Speakers

Rob Furlong Rob Furlong has served in pastoral ministry for over 33 years, including 20 years as Senior Pastor of Thornlie Church of Christ, before transitioning to a role as Pastoral Consultant with Baptist Churches WA for 2 and a half years.
In 2017 Rob returned to local church ministry as Senior Pastor of Woodvale Baptist Church and is enjoying building into the life of a local congregation.

In his time at Thornlie he either led or was a member of a number of Short Term Mission teams that saw him travel to Vietnam, Thailand, India and Zimbabwe. He has also had extensive experience in teaching, training and preaching to leaders and church members in order to better equip them for the ministry they have been called to. While at Thornlie, the church grew missionally and resulted in a number of people travelling overseas on short term missions to build orphanages, assist the poor and provide medical aid.

He is passionate about Leadership Development, Mission and teaching the Word of God and completed his Masters studies at Vose, including a thesis on ‘Pastoral Burnout and Recovery’. He has a desire to be a part of assisting the next generation of leaders to emerge in the local church in Western Australia.

Rob can be heard on Sonshine FM every Sunday morning discussing the Christian life and how it’s goal is to lead us to love God and others well.Lyn Varty

Lyn Varty

Lyn is a well sought after Therapist and Manager of CCWA. Lyn has studied extensively and is best known for her work in neglect, abuse and all forms of pregnancy loss including abortion. She is very compassionate, genuine, insightful and is committed to helping people through life’s difficulties.

Lyn strives to conduct herself in a professional and ethical way. She has a Diploma in Counselling, and provides individual and group supervision.

Due to the sensitivity of this subject, we will not be providing childcare service.

Date: 14th October 2017

Time:9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Riverton Baptist Church


  • Early bird price (booked before Sept. 15th) – $55 (+ booking fee*)
  • General Admission (booked from Sept. 15th onwards) – $65  (+ booking fee*)

To Register: Tickets are available through our secure ticketing portal* at or ring us on 0499 042 551 for more information.

A special thank you is warmly extended to our Sponsors.



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