Recognising a gap in support
Prior to 2004, Founding Trustee Maureen Frayling became aware of the lack of grief services available for those not being directly supported by the Hospice she worked for. In 2008 she organised a feasibility study of 36 diverse organisations and the results showed a gap in loss and grief services and frustration around the lack of places to refer people.
The Grief Centre then became a registered charity CC38713.
In 2009, Dil's Funeral Services was introduced to the project and with their support, the Grief Centre evolved. Over the years the Grief Centre’s services have continued to grow.
We now support over 8,000 children, adults, and families/whanau with counselling, support groups, bereavement support, and community talks, as well as extensive training programs for professionals in New Zealand and Australia.
The Grief Centre supports over 10% of bereaved families in New Zealand, and since 2020, we have partnered with funeral homes across Australia. We offer Bereavement Support services in partnership with funeral homes to provide support for their clients, and at the same time improve their reputation in the community.
We’re excited to be helping more people across both countries and expanding our mission of supporting people through all forms of loss and grief.
Dr. Margaret Agee
Margaret is an experienced counsellor, supervisor and counsellor educator who is a Life Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and is now supervising, consulting and guest lecturing in private practice. She is passionate about the need for public and professional education about contemporary understandings of loss and grief, and for the provision of effective support for those experiencing grief in all its forms. Her involvement in the field includes establishing the first support group in Auckland for those bereaved by suicide, and research into counsellors’ experiences of client suicide; education in the provision of support following crises in schools; and fostering effective cross-cultural support in loss and grief.
For 20 years she was actively involved in the National Association for Loss and Grief and she is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWG). She is a founding member of the Board of the Grief Centre.
Judy Bailey is a writer and broadcaster living in Auckland. A broadcaster for nearly four decades, Bailey’s television career began with the NZBC in Christchurch in 1971. Judy has long been an advocate for children. She has an enduring partnership with both World Vision, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Friends of Womens Refuge and most recently with Skylight. She is the patron of North Shore Hospice, and of Seasons, a grief programme for children. Judy is also the deputy chair, trustee and presenter for the Brainwave Trust, an organization that brings the latest research in neuroscience, particularly as it applies to the years from conception to three, to those who work with children and young families.
Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D. is a professor in the Psychotherapy Research Area of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has conducted extensive research on the topics of death, grief, loss, and suicide intervention.Neimeyer has published 21 books, including Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss, Constructivist Psychotherapy, and Rainbow in the Stone, a book of contemporary poetry. The author of over 300 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops.
Michelle is our frontline employee. She has an extensive corporate background and is also a trained counsellor. She has the skills to engage with clients from all backgrounds and to gently and collaboratively get them engaged with the start of their healing journey.
Having finally won her own life-long battle with depression, she remembers all too well the many people who assisted her out of the darkness. These days, it is an honour for her to assist those who are currently engaged in their own journey, as they struggle to cope with and emerge from, depression. From her own personal experiences, she knows that many suffer in silence.
Michelle is a passionate outdoorsy lady. As a gardener she loves to nurture her many trees, shrubs, flowers, bird, and bees. She and her partner Matt are crazy about dogs. They also love to hike, socialise around the brazier, snorkel and scuba dive.