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Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement Support Groups

People often say ‘How will it help hearing other’s stories of loss? It will just increase my sadness’.

However, that is not how it works. People who have experienced a support group comment that they had not realised others were going through similar emotions. They also appreciate getting to know others who really seem to understand what they are going through.

The Grief Centre runs support groups depending on interest and need in the Auckland community. We've also aimed to provide details of other support groups being held nationwide, further below.

NB: This section is currently being updated: 

General Bereavement Support Groups by The Grief Centre
Our Support Groups run for 8 weeks. They provide peer support in a therapeutic group environment, facilitated by one of our qualified counsellors. We aim to talk about grief and loss, sharing and reflecting; exploring different aspects of the grief experience and help develop new ways of thinking and help address participants’ adjustment to distress and loss. 

We're sorry but our North Shore (Birkenhead) Support Group for October 2017 is now full.

If you would like to express your interest in these areas for 2018, please email the office:

I am interested in a 2018 West Auckland (Henderson) support group

I am interested in a 2018 North Shore (Birkenhead) support group

I am interested in a 2018 South Auckland (Manukau) support group 

North Shore, Auckland

Trauma and PTSD Help NZ Support Group

Come and be a part of a supportive heart-felt community that accepts you, your trauma, your struggles and victories just as they are. Empathy is at the very foundation of PTSD Help NZ, which will help facilitate a safe place for each of us to feel accepted. You are welcome to share your experience or offer support as an active listener in the group. To conclude our session, the facilitator, who is a Yoga paradigm teacher and Psychotherapy practitioner, may briefly share a relevant tool or technique to assist with recovery. 

Date: Wednesday 11th October 2017
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Location: Private Yoga studio at 4 Hiwihau Place, Glenfield
Please park on the street, and walk down the driveway. Enter to the house on your right-hand side (with a Buddha statue) through the door that has the symbols of the 7 main chakras.

Suggested koha: $10 (only if you can afford it, otherwise free).
Registration needed: https://www.meetup.com/Trauma-and-PTSD-Support-Group/events/243431474/

Music Therapy for Bereaved Children by Hospice North Shore

Hospice North Shore, 7 Shea Terrace, Takapuna, 0740

Music therapy can be helpful for people to express feelings in a safe and supportive space, and be creative and have fun. You do not have to have had any previous music experience to participate. A parent or caregiver needs to be present with the child each week.

Referrals are welcomed, please call Ali Talmage on 021 920 219 to register your interest and enquire into dates for 2017


East Auckland


Dove House at 207 A Riddell Rd, Glendowie, Auckland 1071
Grief and Loss Group Morning Tea by Dove House (monthly sessions, held 3rd Thursday of every month)
General bereavement support group – social occasion, no agenda’s. It is facilitated.
Referrals are welcomed, please call 575 4555 to enquire into details

Dates: 19th Oct, 16th Nov and 21st Dec 2017
Time: 10.00 – 11.30am
Cost: Free

All Saints Anglican Church, corner of Cook Street and Selwyn Road, Howick
Understanding Change, Loss and Grief - Seasons For Growth Adult Programme (6 weekly sessions  at regular intervals throughout the year)
Seasons is a non-religious peer support programme for people who have experienced a major loss in their lives. It is facilitated. 
Referrals are welcomed, please email Leslie Houghton (griefandloss@allsaintshowick.org.nz) to enquire into details
Dates: please enquire into the next dates for this

West Auckland

Hospice West Auckland at the Living and Learning Centre, 206 Swanson Rd, Henderson
Referrals are welcomed, please call Maxine on 09 834 9755 to confirm attendance or register here
Grief and Loss Information Session by Hospice West Auckland (quarterly one off sessions) 
This one off session provides information to help explain the impact that grief can have through all aspects of our lives; physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioural, spiritual and social
Dates: Final session for 2017 is on 8th December
Time: 1.30 - 3.30pm
Cost: Free - although a gold coin donation would help cover the cost of refreshments 

NB: Support Groups are held depending on level of interest. 

Central Auckland


The Community of Saint Lukes at 130 Remuera Street, Remuera
Suicide Bereavement Support Group by Solace Support Group

For anyone who has had a bereavement by suicide: spouses/partners/parents/children/grandparents. It is a peer-support group (voluntary) to support people in their grief; not a lobby group. Cuppa, connection and conversations in a safe, respectful place. Somewhere to be heard and understood. Please register your interest with the office before attending by email or calling Mark Wilson on 021 998 949 or 09 3606410
Starts: Once a month, every 2nd Saturday of the month.
Time: 9.30am-12.00pm


Bereavement Support Groups by Hospice Waikato - all welcome
Held at Waikato Hospice, 344 Cobham Drive, Hillcrest, Hamilton. Contact Hospice directly

Informal ‘drop in’ bereavement group
When: 10am on the first Tuesday of each month, please register prior to attending

‘A Healing Journey’ bereavement group
When: Held three times a year consecutively over six weeks - please contact Hospice directly to enquire when

Wellington Region

Please refer to the Skylight website for support groups and counsellors in the Wellington area.

Further afield

Your local hospice may have details about support groups in your area.

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