Our social workers specialise in working with adults who are approaching the end of their life, as well as their families, those they are close to and their communities. We use particular skills and knowledge to help people to deal with the impact of what is happening to them, including loss and bereavement, which includes having a good life and a good death. We work in partnership with those or the people we offer support to. We are able to work alongside other professions, agencies, organisations and as part of the wider community in which we are based. We bring social care expertise and perspective to situations in order to ensure that people get the support they need.

This may include:

  • Access to community and social support networks and resources.
  • Knowledge of your entitlements
  • How to manage financially
  • Housing including residential care placement
  • Advocacy, e.g. with Work and Income
  • Legal aspects, e.g. making a will and setting up powers of attorney
  • Funeral planning
  • Family meetings
  • Exploring options for immediate needs and long term planning, e.g. advance care planning


Shifting Sands – Drop-In Bereavement Peer Support Group

Shifting Sands – Drop-In Bereavement Peer Support Group Come and meet others walking a similar path of grief and loss  in a supportive, caring environment.   Held every Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month Time: 10.30am – 12.00 noon Venue: At Waipuna Hospice Morning tea provided   Please email bereavement@waipunahospice.org.nz or phone (07) 552 4380 ext…

A-ha! Moments

This is a two session workshop where you use materials to create a visual biography, a board depicting memories of special times in your life. You don’t need any artistic skills, it’s all about you, your story, your journey and the “A-ha!” moments along the way. We invite you to bring a helper (partner, grandchild,…

Kaiwhakamaru Kaiāwhina

We are committed to engaging with family and whanau, understanding cultural differences, rituals and practices in order to make the experience of every patient and their loved ones, memorable, respectful, complete. In 2016 Tina Parata took up the role of Kaiwhakamaru Kaiāwhina, meaning protector of the person (client/patient) and of the knowledge (Maori cultural practices…

Riding the Grief Wave Bereavement Support Course

Over eight weeks, meet other individuals and families and with the support of our Counsellors, understand and navigate the wave of grief and loss. Families who are currently under our care – or have been, no matter how long ago – are welcome to participate. Dates for 2019: 5 February – 26 March 30 April…

Child, Adolescent and Family Services

Part of our service is providing specialist support for children, adolescents and families throughout the time of care and beyond. There are a number of ways we provide this support depending on the specific needs of children, adolescents and families, such as: Providing parents and caregivers with information and access to resources Counselling support for…

Meaning Centred Group Programme

“Life never ceases to have meaning.” This small group programme offers the opportunity for patients facing similar challenges to explore concepts of meaning in a safe, supported environment.  Trained Meaning Centred group facilitators Debbie Penlington and Colleen Kendrick were trained at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. The group will explore: Identity…

Normalising Grief Seminar for bereaved family and friends

To help bring understanding to the grief process. Held at Waipuna Hospice from 10.00am – 12.30 pm, on the following Thursdays: 10 January 14 February 14 March 11 April 09 May 13 June Refreshments provided.   Please register your interest in a seminar by contacting Deb Short on (07) 552 4380 Ext 317 or email Deb…