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

The death of a loved one shifts 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 Groups, Information and Resources, Training, and books for sale to assist those that are grieving. 

Loss and Grief Awareness Week

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This week will help New Zealanders to:
  • Understand more about the challenging impact of loss and grief
  • Find ways to support grieving children, teens and adults that make a difference
  • Find the right help and support when it's needed.
For more information and activities and information on offer, please see the official website for the week, and visit Facebook:  New Zealand Loss &Grief Awareness Week. 
morning-teaTuesday July the 29th we will be hosting a morning tea at 10:30am-12noon.
It is for those working in the area of loss and grief, to provide an opportunity for networking and sharing information on the work being done.

candleFriday August the 1st is Light a Candle Night,  from 6-7pm.
Everyone is welcome to come along to The Grief Centre and light a candle to remember and honour a loss you have experienced of any kind.  You are invited to then join us for a cup of tea and a chance to talk with others. Further information please click the candle on the left.

The activities above will be held at 92 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead.

Upcoming Support Groups

Support Group for Bereaved parents -Central Auckland

If you have experienced the death of a child of any age would you be interested in attending a support group with others who may have been through similar experiences?

The Grief Centre is running an eight week group for parents who have experienced the death of a child of any age.  The death may have been health related, accidental, or by any other means.  The group is being facilitated by qualified and experienced counsellors.  Each week we will 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 to you and ways to adjust to this huge loss.

The group will be held on Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm. Start date and venue to be confirmed, we are hoping to start in late July or early August. Registration essential. Click here for the flyer.


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The Grief Centre presents a workshop over two days  in June with Dr Judy Lightstone.  This workshop will introduce participants to the continuum of trauma-induced problems and to the specifics of working through and integrating both simple adult-onset, and complex childhood chronic traumatic feelings and somatic reactions.  Limited to 25 participants.
Tuesday the 10th and Saturday the 14th June, to be held at The Grief Centre, 92 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead.  Please see the attached flyer for all the details including costs and registration information.

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Have you ever wished that you could have all that awesome Entertainment™ Book content on your mobile phone?  Well this year you can!!!  This year the Entertainment™ Book will be going digital! The Brand new Digital Membership puts all of the value of the Entertainment™ Book into your smartphone.  With ‘near me’ technology and the ability to show and save using a phone, this is perfect for the person on-the-go, with no card or voucher to present! 

20% of the sale from every Book and Membership goes to us to help us to raise funds this year for our end of year production.  Entertainment™ Books and Digital Memberships will be available from the first week of April.
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New Resources Available

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 We have recently 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. 


Meet our experienced counsellors

We are fortunate that we have counsellors who are interested and willing to give their time to support the development of the Grief Centre.

All our counsellors are experienced, belong to a professional organisation and adhere to a professional code of ethics

Read profiles

How you can help us

As a Not for Profit Charity many opportunities exist for those wishing to help the Grief Centre. You might be a good fit to become a volunteer or you might like to make a financial contribution. Why not make contact with us to see how you can assist.

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The new Entertainment books for2014/15 are now available .  This year there is an option for digital membership.
Click here to order yours now and support The Grief Centre.

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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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Counsellors available across AucklandIn addition to our counselling services in Birkenhead, and Henderson, we now have  counsellors available to provide sessions for us in Central Auckland, Albany, Pakuranga, Manukau, and Papakura.  For all bookings and enquiries please call us on (09) 4181457.

Our office is based in Birkenhead with the usual opening hours of 8.30am - 4.30pm.   If you need help outside these hours and if 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 ring Healthline 0800 611 116

If you need to talk to someone else:

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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