Coping with Grief and Loss

Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. Often the pain of loss can feel overwhelming.


You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock, anger, disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight.


These are normal reactions to a significant loss.


There is no right or wrong way to grieve. There are healthy ways to cope with the pain that in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss. It can assist in finding new meaning, and move on with your life.

You are not alone

Here you will find the links to channels that might help you and your family to pass through the grief and loss process. 

They offer to the Southland community support for people living with loss and grief of any sort- including grief from bereavement, separation, illness, isolation and other life changes.

At the Grief Centre we offer a variety of services to assist those who are grieving. They include counselling, support groups, brochures, books and articles. We also offer training and professional supervision to those who are working with individuals and families who are suffering from grief and loss

In the past 20 years, HelpGuide has grown from a small local project to an internationally recognised website that reaches tens of millions of people a year.

Lifeline Aotearoa’s helpline and text line provide 24/7, confidential support from qualified counsellors and trained volunteers.

We all face challenges to our mental health. Depression and anxiety changes the way we think, feel and deal with tough times. Well done for taking the first step. You can follow other people's journeys to wellness below or explore the site to find your own way to a better place

Samaritans offer confidential, non-religious and non-judgemental support to anyone who may be feeling depressed, lonely or even be contemplating suicide. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you don't have to be suicidal to call us.

Youthline works with young people, their families and those supporting young people. Our organisations are made up of volunteer and paid staff members - and we have centres based across the country. 

If you are seriously concerned about someone's immediate safety 

(or your own) - Phone 111

OR Go to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department

OR Phone your local DHB Mental Health Crisis Team (CATT team

OR Healthline 0800 611 116