Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Loss and Grief Awareness Week 2014

Loss and Grief Awareness Week 2014


This week marks the start of Skylight’s inaugural Loss and Grief Awareness Week. It is being held from today Monday 28 July and continues until Sunday 3 August.

The week aims to raise awareness about the unique challenges that children, young people and adults face when they’re grieving a difficult loss, of any kind. It will also offer ideas about ways people can support their friends, family, whānau, neighbours and communities through such hard times.

There are a number of events being held across New Zealand throughout this week to provide support to those experiencing difficult times. Some highlights include:

The grief café at Southern Cross in Wellington on 30th June at 7.30pm. This will involve a guided conversation in relaxed surroundings about the experience of grief. People who come along can expect to go away with at least one thing that will help through difficult times of grief.

A meditation memorial with candle lighting at the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington on 1st August at 4pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to share experiences with others, and a chance to remember someone or something really important to you.

The bereaved parents group in Christchurch are meeting at the Beat Street Café on 1st August at 6.30pm. All are welcome to bring a candle and a photo of a loved one; candles will be lit at 7pm.

Heart Kids NZ are holding a memorial service on 2nd August at the Barn at Ambury Park to honour all heart kids who have passed away. The building will be open from 12pm for quiet reflection and the service will commence at 1.30pm.A special early evening community concert organsied by Seasons™ Onehunga, featuring musical contributions from a range of community groups and schools. The venue will be the St Matthew-In-The-City Anglican Church, 187 Federal St, Auckland Central.

We are meeting from 6.30 pm onwards at Beat Street Cafe. If you want, you can bring a candle and a photo of your loved one/ones. All are Welcome.
Candles will be lit at 7 pm as part of a simultaneous nationwide event.

(This event is organised by 'bereaved parents Christchurch' group. We meet monthly on the second Saturday of the month at Whareora House (by Barrington Mall, Athelstan St) Christchurch at 10 am. Email chrisguerin@clear.net.nz)

Skylight is hosting a unique event on July 30th - combining a guided conversation with others about the experience of grief with the atmosphere of a warm cafe.

Come and enjoy the company of others in relaxed surroundings and learn more about the little talked about and common human experience of grief.

Expect to go away with at least one thing to help you through the difficult times of grief and share with others what has worked for you.

Tea, coffee, drinks and food will be available for purchase from the café/bar.

For a full list of events, see our Loss and Grief Awareness website at http://www.grief.org.nz/events/

Says Tricia Irving Hendry, Deputy Chief Executive at Skylight, “The aim of this week is to raise awareness of loss and grief and to promote ways of supporting those who are experiencing difficult times. We’re hoping this awareness week will make a genuine contribution to the wellbeing and resilience of New Zealanders and will become an annual focus. "

We invite all those who are grieving, those who are supporting others, and those who work in support organisations, to be part of this awareness week. Together, we can help support and educate our community about what grief is like, demonstrate ways to offer support, and show how to find the right kind of extra help, if it’s needed.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news