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Grief Centre

The Grief Centre runs a variety of support groups, looking at different aspects of loss and grief each week. There are two groups starting in September. Suicide Prevention Day is this month, so the second group is particularly relevant.

Bereavement Support Group (Henderson): A support group for those who have experienced a bereavement sometime in the last few years. This is an opportunity to meet with others who may have been through similar experiences. This group will run for eight weeks and is facilitated by qualified and experienced counsellors. Each week they look at different aspects of the grief and loss experience, giving you the opportunity to talk about your loss, and reflect on the changes this has brought to your life. With this may come new understanding of what has happened and ways to adjust to this loss.

The group in Henderson will be held on Tuesdays 7-9pm, starting 16 September.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group (Central Auckland): This support group is for people who have had a family member or close friend die by suicide. It is an opportunity to connect with others who have experienced loss by suicide and to also benefit from the support and experience of two professional and experienced counsellors who will facilitate the group. There will be a structure which supports people to explore their loss in a safe environment as well as the opportunity to share their experiences with others. Each session will offer valuable information and discussion points as well as open conversation.

The group will be facilitated by qualified and experienced counsellors and will run for eight weeks on Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm starting on 17 September.

Registrations are essential for both groups. Please contact The Grief Centre on 418 1457 or email info@griefcentre.org.nz for information about this group and others due to start soon around Auckland.

Skylight: Four August Workshops

Skylight offers a wide range of services to support those facing tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief – whatever the cause, and whatever their age. They also equip, train and support those wanting to assist, such as friends or family members, community volunteers or professionals. Here are four workshops they are offering in the upcoming weeks. For more information about these or other upcoming workshops, go to http://skylight.org.nz/

Compassion fatigue and second had trauma 

Day / Date:   Tues,19th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve

Workshop brief: This workshop will explain; the nature and impact of Compassion Fatigue and Second Hand Trauma, suggest ways to manage the effects in the workplace, and discuss strategies for prevention. Participants will: Hear about the latest research / Gain knowledge and skills to better manage and prevent these challenges / Learn simple ways to positively influence and benefit their workplace culture. The workshop will benefit people whose role involves supporting others in distress, or difficulty of any kind.  It is also for those who support the wellbeing of frontline staff.

Eating disorders 

Day / Date:   Wed, 27th Aug          Time:  9.30 – 12.30pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Chris Bowden and Megan Horsham

Workshop brief: This informative and interactive workshop will explore: How to identify a young person at risk, and identify signs and symptoms of eating disorders / What it is like to have an eating disorder from a young person’s point of view (themes from research and real life) / How to talk with young people who have an eating disorder (for example, what to say, how best to say it and what not to say) / How to respond to disclosures, anger and denial in young people / How to talk to and support family and friends of teens with eating disorders

Understanding men’s grief, loss and health

Day / Date:   Thurs 28th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve and Chris Bowden

Workshop brief: Understanding men’s grief, loss and health – this workshop for professionals will explore the latest thinking about the ways gender shapes men’s health beliefs, coping, and health behaviours. Participants will be encouraged to join a conversation, share insights and knowledge about how best to support men experiencing grief, loss and change.

Supporting Children and Teens through Loss and Grief

Day / Date:   Fri, 29th Aug          Time:  9.30am – 12.30 pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: The Mercy Spirituality Centre, Auckland
Facilitator:                  John Hibbs

Workshop brief: This experiential and interactive workshop will look at the challenging and disorienting experience of grief, loss and bereavement for children and young people by: Exploring a variety of creative therapeutic approaches to working with grief / Practical ways to work with the issues of guilt, fear, anger and sadness / Coping strategies through the hard times / What works with the differing developmental stages / Supporting through reflection and active listening.

 

North Shore Auckland: Bereavement Support Group

The Grief Centre runs a variety of support groups, looking at different aspects of loss and grief each week. 

Upcoming group: the next group starting in June on the North Shore is a Bereavement Support Group for those who have experienced a bereavement sometime in the last few years.  This is an opportunity to meet with others who may have been through similar experiences.

The programme is facilitated by qualified and experienced counsellors.  Each week they look at different aspects of the loss and grief experience, giving you an opportunity to talk about your loss and reflect on the changes this has brought to your life.  With this may come new understanding of what has happened to you and ways to adjust to this loss.

The group will be held on Wednesdays, 10am – 12noon, with the exact start date in June to be finalised dependent on numbers. 

Registrations are essential.  Please contact The Grief Centre on 09 418 1457 or email info@griefcentre.org.nz for information about this group and others due to start soon around Auckland.