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Free Seminar: Managing Grief at Holiday Times | Birkenhead 18 Nov 2014

  • Date:     Tuesday 18th November
  • Time:     12 – 1.30pm
  • Venue:  The Grief Centre, 92 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, Auckland

For many people living with loss and grief, Christmas, holidays, and anniversaries can be a painful time and often approached with dread. They may be times of intense loneliness, sadness and emptiness. Perhaps it is a time to think about the people around you who have faced a major change, loss or grief. What could you do to support them at this time? What is helpful? What is not helpful?

This seminar will give you the opportunity to meet and talk with others who may be experiencing similar feelings, as well as gaining some practical suggestions on ways to get through this difficult time.

This seminar will be useful for those who have experienced a loss, those who have friends or family experiencing change and loss, as well as those in the community who may work or support people affected by grief and loss. Feel free to bring a friend.

The workshop will be facilitated by Mallika Krishnamurthy, from The Grief Centre, an educator by profession. The workshop will finish with time for a cup of tea and the chance to talk with others.

There is no charge for this seminar, however you are invited to help The Grief Centre to support others through the holiday season and throughout the year by making a donation on the day or on their website www.griefcentre.org.nz

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.