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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 Groups, Information and Resources, Training, and books for sale to assist those that are grieving. 


Upcoming Support Groups
New Bereavement Support Group - Birkenhead 10th August 2015
General Bereaved Support Group in Central Auckland - 17th June (full)

support group-471Senior Citizens Bereaved group in Birkenhead - 10th August
The Grief Centre is an eight week group support experience where you join with others to explore your thoughts, feelings, assumptions and challenges as you look to life after the death of a loved one. This support group is for those who have experienced a bereavement sometime in the last few years, an opportunity to meet with others who may have been through similar experiences. Registrations are essential.
Please email us if you are interested in the Birkenhead Senior Citizen group (60yrs+) starting on Monday 10th August.

Resources Available

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 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. 


Meet our experienced counsellors

We are fortunate that we have 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 experienced, belong to a professional organisation and adhere to a professional code of ethics

Read our counsellors profiles

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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 Remuera, Newmarket, Albany, Pakuranga, Manukau, Papakura and Orewa.  For all bookings and enquiries please call us on (09) 418 1457.

Our office is based in Birkenhead with the usual opening hours of 9.30am - 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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