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.

Bereavement Resources

When you’re Grieving – Some helpful info and ideas to help you on the journey by Skylight

Normalising Grief Seminar

Our normalising grief seminar is a two and a half hour seminar designed to help bring understanding to the grief process. Sessions are held on Thursdays from 10:00am – 12:30pm, on the following dates: Thursday 2nd December 2021 Thursday 3rd February 2022 Thursday 24th March 2022 Thursday 5th May 2022 Thursday 16th June 2022 Refreshments…

Remembrance Service

Waipuna Hospice Remembrance Services are a time when families of the bereaved can come together to remember their loved one and the connection they had with Waipuna Hospice. Our next service: Waipuna Hospice warmly invites you and your family, whānau, and friends to our Remembrance Service on the 23rd March 2021. The service will include…

Caregiver Education Programme 2021

A one day education session for families and friends as carers of their loved ones.   Part One: Support for you and your family Part one begins with introductions and morning tea giving the participants and facilitators a chance to get to know each other. After this we will discuss what Palliative Care is and…

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 / spiritual care practitioner is available for home or inpatient visits to discuss any aspect of spiritual wellbeing. The chaplain’s role involves emotional and spiritual support of patients and family members, supporting people with and without a Christian faith and working closely with the broader faith communities of the Western Bay of…

Shifting Sands – Bereavement Group Peer Support

Shifting Sands – Bereavement Group Peer Support Come and meet others walking a similar path of grief and loss in a supportive, caring environment. Afternoon tea provided. Please come to the Day Services Reception (the entrance to the right of the main car-park). Wednesdays 1.30-3.00pm  

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

This eight week course (2 hours per week) provides the opportunity to meet with other bereaved individuals and with the support of our counsellors, help understand and navigate the wave of grief and loss. If you feel you are experiencing on-going difficulty recovering from the loss of a loved one, then please contact us to…

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…