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Previous Event

Third monthly community forum

We hosted our third community forum on Monday 21st July 2023 at Ponsonby Community Centre. Here we discussed the initiative going forward, planning for shared leadership and partnership. 

Next event

Death Café

2nd Decemeber 2023 | 2:00pm to 3:30pm

An international initiative that aims to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Enjoy a group-directed discussion about death with no agenda, objectives or themes.

Death Café Auckland

Kaitiaki group – TBC 


Future events

Community Forum

15th December 10:30am to 12:30pm at Ponsonby Community Centre. 


Power Hour: End of Life Doulas

Power Hour: End of Life Doulas

On Wednesday 20 September, Mercy Hospice had the pleasure of hosting a Power Hour session about End of Life Doulas. Giving the presentation is Treza Gallogly, End of Life Doula and founder of Swansong and Kirsty Salisbury , End of Life Worker and Podcaster exploring...

Third community forum

Third community forum

A beautiful demonstration of communityWe want to express our thanks to everyone who attended our third community forum on 21st August 2023 - what a wonderful display of what our community is. This community is growing, with our largest turn out yet. We heard from some...

Second community forum

Second community forum

Another successful community forum!We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended our second Compassionate Communities Public Forum on Monday, 24th July. Your presence and active participation made the event a tremendous success. We want to express...

Updates and free events in our communities

FREE EVENT – Mt Roskill Library Death Cafe

Check out the monthly Death Cafe at Mt Roskill Library!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a compassionate community?

A community of people who are inspired and committed to improve the experiences of those living with a serious illness, caregiving, dying and grieving.

A compassionate community demonstrates its care which gives everyone a chance to live their lives fully until the end.

How do I become part of a compassionate community?

Get in touch with us or come to a monthly community forums where we meet, network and work together.

Is there a joining fee?

No. We run on the principle that we are stronger together – through sharing of our time, resources and ideas we can effect positive change. We welcome organisations of all sizes as well as interested individuals.

I'm keen! What are some things we can do?
  • Attend or host a Death Cafe
  • Create an art project like a Before I Die wall
  • Do a workshop on death literacy
  • Participate in or hold a memorial event like Lights to Remember
  • Attend a community forum with Honohono Tātou Katoa
  • …or just get in touch with us!

Do you have an activity you want to share or brainstorm? Anything to add? Get in touch!

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