Carers and families

The community care services we provide are not just available to support the patient, but for their family, whānau and friends as well.

We understand that caring for and supporting a loved one with a life-limiting illness can be extremely tough, and we want to help you make the most of your time together.

We work closely with other healthcare providers such as GPs and nurses to provide the best possible care for the people we support. Our services focus on a whole family approach and includes specialist care, grief support and bereavement services.

Our bereavement programme is available to help families dealing with the grief of saying goodbye to a loved one. It is not possible to know how long the grieving process will last, as it is very different and individual for everyone.

Grieving is the process of learning to live without that person in your life. Loss, exhaustion, anger and even relief are a few of the emotions that might be experienced, and it may be a challenge to cope with it all.


Our booklet, ‘About Grief’, has suggestions of ways to cope such as taking care of yourself, keeping decisions to a minimum and ensuring you don’t feel alone.

There are a number of other resources available on our publications page or from your Hospice care team including: