Designed for primary and intermediate aged children and their parents/ cargivers.  This is a family / whanau based programme that aims to support families through change in their lives.

Change, loss and grief are a part of life for  everyone, but until recently, it was not acknowledged that children grieve for  losses in their lives just as adults do.

Feelings of loss and grief can be brought about by many things.  Death, separation, a grandparent moving away  or becoming ill, moving house, changing schools, the loss of a pet, can all contribute to feelings of loss and grief.

There are often loss and grief issues for children of families  living apart.  Sometimes these issues  come up months or years later or when a parent enters a new relationship.

There is no ‘right’ time to deal with loss and no ‘right’ age.

Being part of a group can help children to realise that what they  feel is normal and being part of a group can provide support for  parents/caregivers.

Aims of the Group

  • To provide a safe honest  environment for children who have suffered a loss.
  • To raise children’s and  parents/caregivers’ understanding of the process of grief and loss.
  • To normalise grief and loss.
  • To provide children with an  opportunity to express feelings safely.
  • To ease the sense of isolation  for children and parents/caregivers.
  • To help children develop coping  skills

This programme is likely to run in Terms 1, 2, and 3 in 2018.