Grief Support and Education
‘You can grieve for any loss. Grief is part of life for everyone.
It is not only about death. You can also grieve if you lose your
job, your health, your relationship, your hopes and dreams,
your pet or anything else that is important to you.”
I have a real heart and passion for walking with people through their journey of grief. This is a very lonely time of life made worse by the fact that most people in our ‘kiwi’ culture find death and loss a challenge to deal with. Unless a grieving person comes to terms with the loss, they will never find wholeness. Grieving people need support through this process. It can be a long and difficult one depending on the relationship.
I have worked throughout my adult life in supporting grieving people as well as being employed on the Family Support Team at the Southland Hospice. More recently I was employed as Chaplain at Elmwood Village – a retirement village, rest-home and hospital in Auckland. I was also a Funeral Celebrant. It is my heart to walk this journey with people to renewed healing and hope.
Through People Matters, I now conduct ‘Understanding Grief and Loss’ Workshops and ‘Self-Care’ Workshops. These workshops are aimed toward people who are supporting grieving people in whatever profession or capacity that might be – health-care professionals, pastoral care workers, community workers, care-givers, counsellors, therapists, employers and managers, or as a friend or family member. People working through their own grief have also found these workshops to be very helpful.
I also see clients on a one-on-one basis for Grief Support through my Life Coaching practice. I will also come into an organisation or workplace to support employees who have had a colleague die.
Grief is the price of love…
Whatever we love we risk.
Love for someone or something
means that if you lose it
you will be hurt.
And the amount of suffering
will depend directly on the
amount of love.