Grief Support Services is a local agency that has been working in the community since 1987. We support vulnerable individuals and families/whanau by encouraging their understanding of themselves and each other so they may manage the turmoil of grief and loss, adjust to huge changes and attain their aspirations for their quality of life. We are located in Greerton, Tauranga and serve the Western Bay of Plenty region.
We provide counselling for children and adults. All are welcome.
Grief is not only a response to bereavement but can occur following any loss or unwelcome change such as the break-up of a relationship or marriage, fractured family relationships, financial loss, redundancy, injury or illness of self or of a friend/family member.
Providing Support in the Western Bay of Plenty
We work against isolation by supporting involvement in activities with other support services and organisations; encouraging communication and relationships between clients and friends/family.
Grief counselling can lessen the risk of depression and suicidal ideation. As people grow their support systems and tools of resilience they are less likely to turn to drugs, alcohol, self-harm or other unhelpful tools to cope. There is a flow on effect from counselling as our clients heal, their resilience returns and they become more able to participate in their families, community and workplace.
Grief Support Services offers:
Up to six funded sessions for individuals and/or family/whanau counselling (in some cases a further six sessions may be possible).
Child counselling with a Counsellor specialising in working with children.
Counselling for parents of children younger than 6 to support them to optimise the child’s development and wellbeing as they adjust to loss.
Presentations to community groups, health professionals and health support agencies about managing the effects of grief and the work of our service.
Services to people bereaved by suicide and/or effected by someone’s suicidal behaviour. This part of our service is funded by Te Whatu Ora - HNZ.
Continued provision of training and placement for student Counsellors.
A warm, welcoming and confidential service with a range of information resources and links or referrals to other support services and agencies.
Grief Support Services on Digital Boost
Our Business Development Manager, Jen Murray, talks with Digital Boost about how we have utilised the power of digital tools to constantly improve our service.