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 Support

We have a range of bereavement support services including: Counselling Chaplaincy support Visits from bereavement support volunteers When we are able to run groups safely onsite we offer: A Normalising Grief Seminar (dates to be advised on registration) Shifting Sands Bereavement Peer Support Group – (day and time to be advised on registration) Memory making…

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: Dates TBC.

Caregiver Education Programme

New dates and information coming soon. 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…

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…

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,…

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…