Understanding and accepting living with a life-limiting or terminal illness can be a stressful and distressing time not just for the patient, but for the people they hold near and dear.  Our professional and compassionate team can assist you and your family/whanau to cope with the changes and the social, emotional and spiritual demands that illness brings.

We will:

  • Recognise that everyone is different
  • Listen to your story
  • Identify things of concern to you
  • Assist you to come up with solutions that are right for you
  • Identify things you may want support with
  • Help you make informed decisions
  • Provide emotional support
  • Provide practical support
  • Provide links to other agencies

Our family support team is made up of people with experience and qualifications in social work, chaplaincy, bereavement support, cultural support, play therapy and counselling and can provide practical and emotional support to assist you to find ways to strengthen your spirit and your ability to cope.

Social Work

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…

Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care and Support

Our Hospice Chaplain is available for home or inpatient visits to discuss any aspect of spiritual wellbeing. Donna Denmead has trained in Clinical Pastoral Education and Specialist Palliative Care Chaplaincy and is an accredited healthcare chaplain. Her role involves emotional and spiritual support of staff, patients and family members, supporting folk with and without a…

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,…

Cultural Support

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. The Kai Whakamaru is available to provide support, protection and advocacy for patients and their whanau, throughout their hospice journey, ensuring your cultural, emotional,…

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: 14 May – 2 July 30 July…

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: 30 May 11 July 29 August 10 October 21 November Refreshments provided.   Please register your interest in a seminar by contacting Deb Short on (07) 552 4380 Ext 317 or email Deb at –…