News from The Grief Centre

View this email in your browser






News from The Grief Centre



Welcome to our October newsletter! We have had a busy few months at the Grief Centre with an increase in counselling sessions, bereavement support, supervision  sessions and general talks to organisations.


We have also been extremely busy with many professional development workshops taking place, including our national conference - you can read a bit about the day below. 

Read on to find out about what we have coming up in the next few months in the lead up to the end of the year, including a night of fashion and styling in November....



On 5th July we welcomed many professionals to our 2019 conference at the University of Auckland Tamaki Innovation Campus. We had an engaging and informative group of prominent speakers who provided attendees with a unique opportunity to increase our understanding when supporting people from diverse backgrounds.



This year also marks 10 years of the Grief Centre providing transformative support to those going through loss and grief. The above photo features many of our Founding Trustees - (L-R) Margaret Agee, Stephen Dil, Maureen Frayling and Gaynor Larsen, along side current board member Sumita Paul and General Manager Trudie Vos. 

Read our story below....



The Grief Centre - how it all started...

While working at Hospice as the Family Support Coordinator, Founding Trustee Maureen Frayling became increasingly aware of the lack of grief services for those not being directly supported by Hospice.

In 2004 Maureen wrote the Grief Centre proposal, however it wasn't until 2008 that Hospice was able to support it by conducting a feasibility study. The study surveyed thirty-six diverse organisations, and the results suggested a gap in grief and loss services for adults and children in the greater Auckland region. A degree of frustration was also expressed at the lack of services and confusion around where to refer people, suggesting a need for leadership and coordination in the area of grief and loss services.

From this initial study a business plan was prepared, however North Shore Hospice decided it was unable to continue its support of the Grief Centre mainly due to funding concerns. Dil's Funeral Services was introduced to the Grief Centre project, took over where Hospice left off, and has been a major sponsor for the past 10 years, providing rent-free use of their building in Birkenhead and supporting the Centre financially. Services have grown significantly over the 10 years of operation and have now expanded to supporting children, adults, and families/whanau across the country, as well as training programs for professionals throughout New Zealand. 

In 2009 the Grief Centre supported 100 clients through face to face counselling.

In 2018 the Grief Centre supported over 1500 clients through counselling, ran support groups in three locations, provided bereavement support to over 3500 families and we have trained over 800 professionals through our workshops and talks.





Since 2009 we have supported almost 10,000 bereavement support clients and provided over 10,000 counselling sessions.

We continue to increase our services every year, with the support of our donors. If you would like to help us to provide more families and individuals with support at a time when they need it most please click here to make a donation.





Future Events
We would love to see you at one of our events we have planned in November...



Join us for a fundraising evening of new season fashion trends and styling! Repertoire in Takapuna will cover all you need to know about accessories and fashion for the upcoming summer season. Drinks and nibbles provided on arrival.

Date: Thursday 7th November
Time: 6pm
Venue: Repertoire Takapuna, corner of Lake and Northcroft Rd, Takapuna
Tickets: $30 per person

We will also have a raffle on the night with lots of wonderful prizes on offer. If you would like to come along please email Siobhan to secure your tickets.

Get together a group of friends and enjoy a wonderful evening of fashion! We look forward to seeing you there.





Managing Grief at Holiday Times - Community Talk

The holidays are fast approaching and we realise that this can be a difficult time for families who have lost a loved one. With this in mind we have organised a talk at Orewa Presbyterian Church on Wednesday 27th November.

We invite you to join us for this community talk which will assist people in managing grief during the holiday season and provide coping strategies to see you through this period.

Venue: Orewa Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Rd, Orewa
Koha appreciated.

Please email Siobhan if you would like to attend



Proceeds from our charity store, Sweet Charity, are funding this community talk. Don't forget to visit the store if you are in the Glenfield area. The Store is open 10am -4pm. You can find us at 96 Bentley Ave, Glenfield, Auckland or visit our wonderful online shop here


If you have any donations to drop off please drop them into The Grief Centre at 92 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead. We are always keen for new stock!






We have a number of professional development workshops taking place in October and November in Tauranga, Napier and Auckland. If you are interested in finding out more please email Siobhan.





Dates for your diaries:


Grief Centre Monthly Walk
Date: Monday 28th October
Time: 10am
Venue: meet at the Presbyterian Church, Albany Highway
For further details email Corinne


Repertoire Fashion Event
Date: Thursday 7th November
Time: 6pm
Venue: Repertoire Takapuna, corner of Lake and Northcroft Rd, Takapuna
For further details email Siobhan

Managing Grief at Holiday Times
Date: Wednesday 27th November
Time: 10am
Venue: Orewa Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Road, Orewa
For further details email Siobhan 





Death: Love, Grief and Hope
Podcasts on Loss and Grief
Some of you may already have listened to these podcasts by Mark Longley of Newshub, if you haven't listened to them you may find them helpful.









Copyright © 2019 The Grief Centre, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

The Grief Centre

92 Hinemoa Street


North Shore, Auckland 0747

New Zealand