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At the Grief Centre, we provide support, advice & counselling to help those affected by loss and grief.

Losses or changes can shift the whole foundation of our life. Nothing is as it was. Even what was most familiar, seems in a strange way unfamiliar. It is as though we have to learn a new language, a new way of being. Even the face in the mirror sometimes seems the face of a stranger.

The Grief Centre

The Grief Support and Education Charitable Trust (Grief Centre) is a Registered Charity established in 2009 to assist and support those affected by grief and loss.

Loss and grief are issues facing many in our communities. Until now little has been available to truly help those needing assistance.

Find out how we can help

At the Grief Centre we offer a variety of services, including Counselling, Support GroupsInformation and Resources, Professional Training, and books for sale to assist those that are grieving. 

Specialised Grief and Loss Resources Available

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In conjunction with Dr Fiona Pienaar, we have produced a set of resource booklets for people experiencing loss and grief following a death.

Please go to our Resource section for more details and to view the booklets.





Do you or someone you know need support to help you through this difficult time?

The experience of grief brings people into often unfamiliar territory. Normal events may now bring social, emotional or spiritual challenges.
People may find themselves wondering how it is that:

  • Emotional responses vary so widely among family members

  • Tried and true ways of working through the difficulties that are part of all relationships often need new approaches.

When grieving:

  • Maintaining a sense of self and where you belong in the world can be a daily struggle in your changed world.

  • Previous experiences of loss or grief may be felt with a renewed intensity.

  • Personal beliefs, aspects of faith and spiritual resources may be challenged, or become more important and real.

  • You may feel tired and despondent and find coping and communicating with friends and family and their well intentioned advice difficult to cope with

  • You may crave company or seek solitude

  • You may sleep too much or not enough

  • You may have unexamined expectations about how you should cope with grief. 

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Diane Collins


Meet our experienced counsellors

We are fortunate that we have a team of counsellors who are passionate in helping others and willing to give their time to support the development of the Grief Centre.

All our counsellors are specialised in grief and loss, and belong to a professional organisation, adhering to a professional code of ethics.

This month were pointing the 'spotlight' on Diane Collins - our counsellor based in Whangarei, who recognises that each person’s story is different and that we are affected by grief in different ways. She honours that with compassion, empathy and respect. With 16 years experience, Diane also understands the importance of working within each persons culture and belief system.

Read more about Diane and the rest of our counsellors team

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Help us bring hope today.
Your support helps provide subsidised counselling and specialised grief booklets for children and families in need.

Now you can have your cake and support us too!
2016/17 Entertainment books or digital membership are still available. Simply click here to order yours and you can help support The Grief Centre whilst enjoying yummy cake, meals out and much, much more!

p_1.jpg“ It's vital that those who are struggling with grief and loss get the support they need, so I’m delighted to be able to lend my support to the Grief Centre’s work.”

Judy Bailey,
Patron of the Grief Centre

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Our counsellors are available throughout Auckland in Birkenhead, Henderson, Remuera, Pakuranga, Manukau, Orewa, Whangarei and Kamo. Skype sessions can also be arranged. For all bookings / enquiries please call (09) 418 1457.

Our Birkenhead office is usually open between 9.30am - 4.30pm.  If you need help outside these hours and it is an emergency, or you feel you or someones else is at risk of harm - phone 111

OR Go to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department

OR Phone your local DHB Mental Health Crisis Team (CATT team) OR Healthline 0800 611 116

If you need to talk to someone:

Lifeline 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999

Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Youthline 0800 376 633

Samaritans 0800 726 666

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