The Grief Centre | Loss and Grief Support The Grief Centre

 The Grief Centre office is closed from 12pm Friday 22 December, reopening Monday 08 Jan. 

New Zealand Phone: 0800 331 333

Conference programme


Registration opens with arrival tea and coffee


Registration closes


Welcome: Katrina King, Grief Centre General Manager and MC for the day


Karanga whakatau: ‘A calling of calming energy’, Kayla Gordine, Awhina Wellness Founder


Let’s talk about grief literacy (recorded presentation) Dr Lauren Breen, Professor of Psychology, Curtin University


Keynote - Coping with loss: the science and practice of resilient grieving Dr Lucy Hone, Resilience expert and Director of the New Zealand Institute of Resilience and Wellbeing


Morning tea 


 Let’s talk about grief and suicide Virginia Brooks  and Mark Wilson, Mental Health Foundation and Solace


 Let’s talk about grief from a Pasifika perspective Sister Cabrini ‘Ofa Makasiale, Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Seno Tu’inukuafe, Counsellor


Lunch - seated buffet


Let’s talk about loss and grief experienced by refugees Julia Sheikh, Counsellor and Co-chair of the International Refugee Advisory Panel


Afternoon Workshop - start moving into your allocated workshop.
Each delegate can attend one of three workshops running concurrently. Rank your order of preference when booking, early ticket purchasers are more likely to be allocated their first choice. 'Grab and go' working afternoon tea available. See below for workshop options


Panel discussion: We’ve talked about grief, what do we do now? With Dr Lucy Hone, Dr Margaret Agee, and Gillian Boyes moderated by Grief Centre Patron Judy Bailey.


Conference close out  Katrina King Grief Centre General Manager 


Networking drinks in the bar (cash bar)


Workshop 1
Strengths-based grieving: how identifying personal strengths supports healthy adaptation to loss. Facilitated by Dr Lucy Hone.

Workshop 2:
Let’s talk about grief and assisted dying. Facilitated by Dr Aida Dehkhoda.

Workshop 3:
Let’s talk about grief in the workplace. Facilitated by Maureen Frayling.

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