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Specialised End of Life Care for Children & Young People

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We are available 24 hours a day.

Please call 0413 575 454 if a child or young person has died and you require advice or assistance in funeral care and planning.

Alternatively, if your needs aren’t urgent but you would like to make an enquiry or support our growth, please fill out the form by clicking the contact button below and we will reply to you as soon as possible.


About the Foundation

The Willow Tree Foundation is a not for profit organisation that serves Australian families and communities when a child, adolescent or young adult dies.

Committed to walking beside them through their time of bereavement, The Willow Tree Foundation will support families by offering end of life and funeral care planning and supporting their choice in after death care and funeral ceremony for their child.

We embrace a family’s need to honour their cultural, religious or philosophical beliefs and practices.

Our Vision

We envision a future where all Australians bereaved by the death of a child receive compassionate & meaningful funeral care, service, understanding & support.

Our Mission

For the Willow Tree Foundation to provide holistic care for families following the death of a child.

Our four pillars of support and service are:

  • End of Life and Funeral Care Planning
  • Funeral Director Services
  • Support following a sudden death
  • Community Development & Death Literacy

Our Belief

That appropriate end of life planning, after death and funeral care relevant to children, adolescents and young adults are the right of the dying person and their family and community.

Our Values

The Board, Staff and Volunteers of The Willow Tree Foundation value:

  • Honesty, Compassion and Kindness.
  • Recognising the cultural, spiritual, philosophical and social needs of those who access our support and services.
  • Commitment to striving to provide end of life planning and funeral support and services relevant to the needs of children, adolescents and young adults.
  • Effective communication to people who we recognise are in a vulnerable time of their lives
  • Child Safe practices
  • Access to appropriate Death Literacy for all as an avenue to building compassionate communities for those experiencing the death of a child.

Our Approach

Supporting families in making social, emotional and spiritual end of life plans for their child, adolescent or young adult is the focus for The Willow Tree as we grow. We work along side family members and / or service providers to best manage and provide appropriate support to their family member or client.

We enable those who are looking for a service, whether it be more traditional or holistic, to navigate through such an integral time with awareness and choice, Our approach aims to reduce any additional trauma that families face during this period, providing after life care options so that everyone is as fully informed as possible.

The Willow Tree Foundation

We envision a future where all Australians bereaved by the death of a child receive compassionate & meaningful funeral care, service, understanding & support.


The Willow Tree Foundation acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognises their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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