Resources and Support


The Grief Centre has produced a series of six booklets about different aspects of loss and grief. We would like to thank Dr Fiona Pienaar for writing the material and COGs and Trusts Community Foundation for their support with publication. These booklets can be obtained individually or as a set. You are welcome to download single copies for personal use. Please contact us directly to discuss obtaining single hard copies or purchasing multiple copies. 

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Grief after loss
Sudden death
Grief after the death of a child
Grief and loss after losing your partner
When someone you love dies - A booklet for children
Post Traumatic Growth after Grief and Loss



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The experience of grief brings people into often unfamiliar territory. Normal events may now bring social, emotional or spiritual challenges.
People may find themselves wondering how it is that:

  • Emotional responses vary so widely among family members

  • Tried and true ways of working through the difficulties that are part of all relationships often need new approaches.

When grieving:

  • Maintaining a sense of self and where you belong in the world can be a daily struggle in your changed world.

  • Previous experiences of loss or grief may be felt with a renewed intensity.

  • Personal beliefs, aspects of faith and spiritual resources may be challenged, or become more important and real.

  • You may feel tired and despondent and find coping and communicating with friends and family and their well intentioned advice difficult to cope with

  • You may crave company or seek solitude

  • You may sleep too much or not enough

  • You may have unexamined expectations about how you should cope with grief. 

Support Information

Find out more on  simple tips to help deal with grief and loss; common feelings and reactions; advice on coping with anniversaries, and managing grief at holiday times and Christmas.

Other Resources

We have a supply of the Skylight publications available for sale from The Grief Centre.  Go to Books for Sale to see what is available.  You are welcome to come and view samples of the publications, or you can contact us directly for further information.

Bereaved parents share their stories of loss and hope

a-piece-of-my-heart-book-launch-457-926On Tuesday 4 October 2016, Johneen Atkinson was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan from Radio NZ about her new collaborative book ' A Piece of My Heart'.

"Surviving the death of a child, whether young or old, can be the hardest thing a parent can go through. This book has been written by a group of 7 bereaved parents, tracing the journey from devastating grief to hope."

Click here to listen to the interview. 

To order a copy of the book, go to:


The Grief Centre Interview, Spiritual Outlook, National Radio

On Sunday, 27 July 2014, Mark Ebery, Carol Blair, Val Leveson and Mallika Krishnamurthy were interviewed for Spiritual Outlook.  We have had great feedback about the interview with people contacting us to say how helpful it was to hear these perspectives.

Click here to listen to the interview on RadioNZ. NB: You will need to click on the red playlist icon (top RHS), choose the 2nd title and then click on the Play button at the bottom of the page.

Radio interview, How to Cope with Grief

Carol Blair, ex Grief Centre Manager on Thursday 7th March 2013

Carol was interviewed on radio after the sudden deaths of two people in Auckland.  Carol was asked to talk about how grief can affect us and different ways that we can cope when our loved ones die unexpectedly.

Click here to listen to the interview on RadioNZ. NB: You will need to click on the red playlist icon (top RHS), choose the 1st title and then click on the Play button at the bottom of the page.

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