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The Compassionate Friends NZ

Mental Health & Addictions Service

Description

We are sorry for your loss, but we are here to let you know there is hope, you are not alone, and that we are compassionate friends.

The Compassionate Friends is an international, voluntary, non-profit, self-help support organization, a world-wide family of sorrowing parents caring for one another………. not only parents, but grandparents and siblings too.

Programmes

Support for Bereaved Parents and Siblings

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whanau support, Community based support - mental health

Regions

Central Lakes, Whanganui

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

Contact your local contact to find out more.

Description

The Compassionate Friends reaches across age, society, race, creed, culture and religion to offer grief support, friendship and understanding to young and old alike, who have had a child die, at any age, from any cause and at any time, recently or years ago.

The Compassionate Friends are there to support, not counsel: to offer genuine friendship, help, comfort and hope, in an understanding and informal way through the natural grieving process.

Participants are all bereaved parents dealing with the death of their child and are all on the same long and rocky pathway of grief. Newly bereaved or those who have lost children years before, can meet with others who are surviving this unimaginable loss.

Whanganui TCFW

  • Coffee, Care and Chat Meetings: We welcome bereaved parents to meet us monthly at a local café The Yellow House for Coffee Care and Chat on an informal level. There is a focus topic but basically we just chat and support one another and surround newcomers with special care and understanding. Always the first Saturday of each month at 11 am.

Central Otago TCF

  • We gather together to support each other every two months where we either have a speaker, watch a DVD on aspects of grief, share our experience of grief or chat informally.
  • Personal support is given by phone calls, email communication and home visits, particularly to the newly bereaved and where a need is known.
  • Informal coffee meetings are also arranged for those who prefer to meet in smaller groups.
  • We distribute The Compassionate Friends Newsletter bi-monthly to our members and anyone else who requests it.
  • Once a year we endeavour to run a grief workshop.

Fees

No fees apply.

Contact Details

North Island

north@compassionatefriends.org.nz

Whanganui

Keren Marsh - (06) 344 3345 or marshkandb@gmail.com

Sue Walker - (06) 345 0855 or p_s_walker@xtra.co.nz

South Island

south@compassionatefriends.org.nz

Lesley Henderson - (03) 432 6004 or tcf@hotmail.co.nz

Louise McKenzie - 027 650 8983 or louise.mckenzie@xtra.co.nz

This page was last updated at 10:45AM on April 22, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by The Compassionate Friends NZ.