Grief is our natural response to loss in our lives. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and people have different ways of grieving.
When someone dies, family and friends can find it difficult to cope with the tremendous grief they experience and can be unprepared for important decisions and arrangements that need to be made.
Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors understand the needs of family and friends going through the stress of a bereavement. After the funeral they offer a free book, ‘Now What?’ A guide for people living with the death of someone close, written by highly regarded Grief Counsellor, Lois Tonkin. A colourful poster, ‘Remembering to Live’ is also available for children and teenagers.
At Gee & Hickton we are committed to providing ongoing care and support to our bereaved families. We can offer a listening ear and a support person to talk with who can help you in your grief and loss. Grief takes time, and we recognise this and offer you, or immediate family members, a complimentary support service with our bereavement counsellor, Hazel Neser. We can also provide contact details and information regarding supports groups, agencies and library resources, which are available within our community to help you through this time.
Any member of a family who has used Gee & Hickton for the funeral arrangements for their loved one can use this support service. We will contact you a few weeks after the funeral to see how you are coping, however if you wish to speak with us before this, please feel free to do so.
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Hazel, who has many years experience assisting the bereaved, is available free of charge through Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors to listen, answer questions, provide support and assistance and help people understand their grief through this difficult time.
“It can be really tough – often people are not aware that what they are feeling is normal after a bereavement, that they are not going crazy and that the nightmare won’t continue for the rest of their life. Sometimes it can help to talk to someone who understands and who is willing to listen.”
Through Gee & Hickton, Hazel also runs a series of popular bereavement education seminars free of charge for recently bereaved families. Hazel has run this after-care support service for several years and also teaches behavioral science, with an emphasis on loss and grief, at the Wellington Medical School.
For more information or advice please click here or phone Gee & Hickton.