Support Groups

There are very few bereaved parent support groups in New Zealand due to a lack of national health leadership, coordination and funding.

We know as we have looked.  We also know from experience, that connecting with other grieving parents can sometimes help fill a void which well-meaning friends and family can’t. Their worlds often move on despite your world collapsing.

Connecting has helped us find hope, it may well help you.  The information provided here is current at the time of publication and is not intended to replace the advice of your health professional.

Sudden Infant Death Peer Support

Struggling after the death of your infant? Call their 24-hour helpline to find a peer support service near you.

Free phone 0800 164 455

Together – Bereaved Parents Support Group - Auckland

A peer support group welcoming parents who have lost a child of any age. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 7pm–9pm.

Address: Inverness Room, Bays Community Centre, 2 Glen Road, Browns Bay, Auckland
Phone: Jenny Bird 021 0228 0488

Wanganui - The Compassionate Friends

Coordinator: Keren Marsh
Phone: 06 344 3345

Central Otago – The Compassionate Friends

Coordinator/Fieldworker: Louise McKenzie
Phone: (03) 4486094

Coordinator/Fieldworker: Jan Johnson
Phone: (03) 4488360

Auckland Grief Centre

Each year the Grief Centre runs Support Groups in various locations across Auckland. The groups run for 8 weeks and provide peer support in a therapeutic group environment, facilitated by qualified Counsellors.

Heart Song, Wellington

A Skylight-facilitated group for parents in the Wellington region, who have been bereaved by the loss of a child. Heart Song is an open group that meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and is free of charge.

Wainuiomata, Wellington Grief Support Network

Support for those who are experiencing grief through suicide or other death, particularly in the weeks and months after the event when initial support has often ceased. The WGSN is a resource service only and can advise of local professional support services. They do not provide grief counselling or crisis services.

Phone: 04 564 1338

South Island – The Compassionate Friends

Coordinator: Lesley Henderson
Phone 03 4326004
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Contact Us

We don't run grief support groups, provide counselling or therapeutic advice. We do help parents connect with others and share resources.

Note: If you need urgent help, please contact your GP or head here.