The seed for the Grief Centre was sown and born at the North Shore Hospice. Maureen Frayling, while working at Hospice as the Family Support Coordinator, became increasingly aware of the lack of grief services for those who did not receive direct care from the Hospice Program.
In 2004 Maureen wrote the Grief Centre proposal but it wasn't until 2008 that Hospice was able to support the proposal. Between February and June 2008 a feasibility study was conducted. The study surveyed thirty six diverse, mostly North Shore, organisations, regarding the need for a Grief Centre.
The results suggested a gap in grief and loss services for adults and particularly for children and young people on the North Shore and greater Auckland. Results also indicated a degree of frustration at the lack of services and confusion around where to refer those affected by loss and grief issues. The findings suggested the need for leadership and coordination in the area of grief and loss.
From this initial study a business plan was prepared. At this point the North Shore Hospice decided it was unable to continue its support of the Grief Centre initiative mainly due to funding concerns.
During the feasibility study Dil's Funeral Services were introduced to the Grief Centre project and took over where Hospice left off. Dil's is now our major sponsor. They have lent us the indefinite use of their building at 92 Hinemoa St. from where we now operate. It is a central location with bus stops handy and several cafes nearby. Dil's have also supported the project financially. Services have subsequently developed in other parts of the Auckland region and can be accessed by contacting the Birkenhead office.
From these beginnings The Grief Centre is now registered with the Charities Commission (CC38713) and The Companies Office (2492361) as The Grief Support and Education Charitable Trust.
The Trust is committed to its vision of providing support to those affected by grief and loss.