Help make this research study a success

An online study aiming to better understand the support needs of young people mourning the loss of a sibling is being conducted by the University of Queensland. Findings of this research may help to improve the support available for young people who have experienced sibling bereavement.

This online questionnaire will ask questions about your grief experience, what support you may need, how you may have grown as a person during this difficult time, as well as general details about yourself (e.g., age, gender).

Participants eligible for this study:

  • Anyone aged 16 – 25 who wants to share their story
  • Death of a sibling has not occurred less than 4 months ago

Please note: Anyone aged 16 and 17 will need consent from a parent or guardian before participating.   

This study will take approximately 20 – 25 minutes to complete.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer or view the podcast.

If you would like to participate, please follow the link below:   

Study link:

Lend your voice to designing the Post Suicide Support Services

4 locally facilitated co-design workshops are seeking to bring together people who have a lived experience of suicide bereavement with those who work in postvention, such as first responders, and community post suicide support roles. The aim is to work together on designing what the new NSW Post Suicide Support Services will look like in your local area.

The 4 workshops will be held in the Nepean Blue Mountains, Campbelltown, Bateman’s Bay, and inner Sydney areas. If you or anyone you know, either your colleagues or families might be interested to join these workshops, please feel free to make contact with Bridget Betzold at

For more details on a workshop in your area, please download the flyer.

Sydney Workshop

Nepean Blue Mountains Workshop

Campbelltown Workshop

Bateman’s Bay Workshop

A Changing of the Guard at Feel the Magic

A changing of the guard is taking place at Feel the Magic.

Our fearless leader and Co-Founder, James Thomas has been at the helm for the past 8 years. So much has been achieved in this time with many lives impacted along the way. Driven from his own personal tragedy, along with wife Kristy, they have managed to establish Feel the Magic as one of the Nations leading organisations in grief education and support for bereaved kids and their families.

In James’ words below he shares what this journey has meant to him. We also introduce you to Adam Blatch, Feel the Magic’s new CEO in 2021.

“I have some exciting news to share!

Kristy’s and my own personal tragedy gave life to Feel the Magic. For the past 8 years, Feel the Magic has been my baby. Now with two young boys to raise, it’s time to give them more of my time, love and guidance. One of the greatest lessons I have learnt from grieving kids is that time and the simple things in life spent with their loved ones means the most! This is now my time to provide these types of memories and experiences for my two boys Madden and Chase.

As Co-founder and Managing Director, I’m excited to hand over the reins to a great leader that leads with heart. From January 1st, 2021, Adam Blatch will be appointed as Feel the Magic’s new CEO. Adam’s skillset is profound, and I will watch and support him with great joy as he takes Feel the Magic to the next level.

When I think of Feel the Magic, the word ‘Family’ comes to mind and this is exactly what it is. It is an organisation driven by heart and with Adam now at the helm, I have every bit of confidence that these traits will be very much preserved, and the culture & essence will be built upon from leadership.

I am still very much involved with FTM, advocating for grieving Australians is something I’m still very much passionate about. I will be stepping into a new role, working alongside Adam in a Co-founder/advocate role and proudly fly the flag for early intervention for grieving Australians.

I wanted to sincerely thank the FTM team, hard work pays off and this is evident with what has been achieved in the past 8 years. With the development and evolution of our programs, expansion into three states, over a thousand kids and their families supported, these are just a few things that I’m very proud of. I want to thank the FTM Board both past and present for your professionalism and contribution. I also want to thank all individuals, donors, contractors, personal mentors, volunteers, schools, sporting clubs, charities, businesses, corporations, philanthropist and ambassadors that have played a hand in establishing FTM as one of Australia’s leading support providers for grieving kids and their families. To all FTM beneficiaries, I wish you nothing but the best and thank you for your bravery, trust and inspiring me to be a better human.

Last but not least, I want to thank my wife Kristy. Since that day in Disneyland in January 2013, you have been by my side every step of the way and I honestly could not have done this without you! Your belief in our vision kept us going and I’m proud of us for creating something very special.

Thank you all once again, it’s been a blast!”

 James Thomas

Please watch the short video below created by FTM Ambassador Dimity Clancey.

November Feel the Magic Update

Hi everyone

What an extraordinary year it has been as we move closer to Christmas at the speed of knots.

It is been an amazing six-week period throughout October and early November with how the Feel the Magic community has come together. Please see video update below on what’s ahead from Feel the Magic.

We also have recognised how tough December/January can be for many people and for families who’ve lost a parent, guardian and/or sibling. We’d like to ensure our families, that we are continuing to run our Healthy Grieving Program through December and January so that help, and support, from Feel the Magic is available. Please go through the website to register or email Kristy Thomas to participate in the program.

We also have some exciting events coming up for your diaries.

  1. 3rd December: Night of Hope. A virtual event hosted by Michael Usher with special guests and Feel the Magic ambassadors inspiring others through their stories.
  2. 2-6th December: Magic Ride. Our Magic Riders are riding 500km’s through the Snowy Mountains for grieving kids. Hoping to raise awareness of Feel the Magic and raise enough money for a Camp Magic program in 2021
  3. 16th December: special Christmas ‘Town Hall’ over Zoom with James, Kristy and myself sharing a live update on Feel the Magic as well as a Christmas celebration. More information will be emailed to everyone shortly.

For more information on what is on at Feel the Magic, please visit the website or look out on social media.

Hope to see you soon and take care for now.

Kind regards, Adam

FTM C-19 response update #14: 14/August

Hi Everyone and wherever you are, I hope you are keeping safe & well.

We send our August update with some cautiously positive news. It is also a challenging time for our families and supporters in Victoria and we hope that the pandemic pain eases for you all soon. We more so hope that you have the right support structure(s) around you through these challenging times and reiterate our offer of support to you – just reach out to us.

For our NSW/ACT families, as noted above, we have some great news but present this with great caution!! We are planning Camps and a new day Camp for families concept (called Magic Quarterly’s) for October through to December. More information will be available on the website and sent directly to families as we progress with the planning. We will be taking all necessary COVID planning precautions and health directives as required.

Please see short video message and a summary of points below:

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FTM C-19 response update #13: 6/July

There seems to be light at the end of the C-19 tunnel! Let’s hope that everyone continues to do the right thing and that the easing of restrictions doesn’t create a new wave of virus infections.

Please see short video message and a summary of points below:

  1. What’s ahead with our Programs in 2020 (Oct-Dec 2020)
  • We continue to follow social gathering restrictions set by the Government
  • However, we are planning for programs to return in Oct-Dec in some capacity
  • We will provide the return to programs plan by early August (next update)
  1. New program coming – Magic Quarterly’s
  • The team have continued to implement our online Healthy Grieving Program whilst also developing a new program concept aimed at the whole family – a day Camp concept called Magic Quarterly’s
  • We are aiming to trial the Magic Quarterly’s in the Oct-Dec 2020 period and again will provide further details in the August update
  1. Healthy Grieving Program
  • The feedback on our new Healthy Grieving Program has been fantastic and thank you to the families who piloted the program and the families who have participated in the program so far
  • A quote from a new Feel the Magic parent who participated in the program which, for me, articulated perfectly why we exist as an organisation:

“We thought we had to just “be ok” with our new normal. The program has helped us to realise that we are allowed to be happy again and that being happy doesn’t mean we have forgotten him.  We still have tough times, but by using the tools from the program we are now working through our emotions as they come up, so the tough times are slowly changing from tough whole days where we felt stuck, to tough moments that pass once we acknowledge them. This is a real growth point for us.”

I look forward to updating you again in August and please ensure if you need help or support from the team, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please continue to stay safe and look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic