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

Workshop options

Each conference delegate can attend one of three workshops running concurrently in the afternoon. You will be asked to choose one of three options when you book tickets here.  Early ticket purchasers are more likely to be allocated their first choice as numbers are limited in each workshop. 

Your options are:

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

A renowned global expert on resilience and resilient grieving, Dr Lucy Hone offers a unique perspective - sharpened through academia and deeply applied through the grief of a personally devastating tragedy.

Lucy is an award-winning “pracademic” with a Masters' degree in resilience psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in wellbeing science/public health from AUT University in Auckland, and a ground-breaking resilience researcher.

Lucy's Three Secrets of Resilient People TEDx talk received more than 9 million views with translations into 15 languages. She is also the author of two books Resilient Grieving and The Educators Guide to Whole-School Wellbeing.

Her work has helped millions of people struggling through change, uncertainty, or loss re-learn how to live in the world around them, and realise that an energised, meaningful, joy-filled life is attainable.

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

Aida Dehkhoda is an early career academic psychologist with a PhD in assisted dying in the context of dementia. She is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington and a Research Fellow at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland.

Her research focuses on exploring the early experiences of the assisted dying service in Aotearoa looking at the safety, access, and equity of the service for people using or providing the service. Born in Iran, Aida is a provisional member registered with NZAC with an interest in providing counselling support for people dealing with chronic and life-limiting illnesses.


Workshop 3       

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

Maureen trained as a nurse in Ireland, a midwife in Scotland and became a counsellor and educator in New Zealand. While her early working life took her to London, Lesotho, and Mozambique she eventually joined North Shore Hospice as a nurse and grief counsellor. She founded the Grief Centre in 2008. Following 10 years as a Senior Lecturer in the Social Services Department at North Tec in Whangārei, her professional journey saw her return to work at North Haven Hospice in 2019 where she is currently a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Educator.

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