Collection of useful resources

A list of communities, planning & conversation tools

These are some of our favourite resources to support you or those you care for through some of those important conversations. Please share with your community and get in touch if you have a great free resource to share. This list is not exhaustive and we plan to update often.



Planning ahead

    Celebrating Life 

    Specialist Palliative Care Services

    Hospices and hospital palliative care teams provide specialist palliative care. They generally service a particular geographic area. Most public hospitals have a palliative care service. Not all people need specialist palliative care input towards the end of life. Find a hospice below:

    Doulas and end-of-life supports

    • Cadence Singers – a group of women who seek to bring solace and strength to life’s toughest passages, particularly the pathway of dying.
    • End of Life Doulas – A directory of end of life/death doulas in NZ.

    Post-death care

    Loss and Grief

    • After a suicide  practical information and guidance for people bereaved by suicide
    • Skylight Trust – support for children, young people, and their whānau to navigate through tough times
    • Grief Centreloss and grief support to youth, adults, families or whānau experiencing any form of significant loss.
    • KidsHealth NZ a guide to bereavement reactions of children & young people by age group
    • Downloadable Resources excellent resources from Te Omanga Hospice, particularly addressing grief and how to speak to children about death and dying.
    • Dying For Beginners with Dr Kathyrn MannixMany people have limited firsthand experience with the process of dying, which can significantly affect our emotional and spiritual responses to the loss of our loved ones and influence how we approach our mortality. 
    • Funerals: The cost of dying – Consumer NZ – This eye-opening resource could be a good incentive to start exploring your options regarding funerals and burials, and even a prompt to start conversations with your loved ones, too.

    Tangata Whenua

    • : Te Rangikahupapa Funeral Services. We provide a space of aroha, manaakitanga and wairuatanga during the time of tangi. Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, our whanau work to support you and your whanau and maintain the simplicity of grieving.
    • Urutapu Funeral Services – Providing sustainable, affordable, and culturally sensitive funeral services Urutapu Funeral Services.Urutapu offers a natural alternative option that provides sustainable and culturally appropriate funeral services, utilising woven kopaki tupapaku (flax caskets).
    •  Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group. We are an equity-focused palliative care and end of life research group who work in a partnership model between Māori and non-Māori with support of the Te Ārai Kahui Kaumātua (Elder Advisors).
    • Te Ipu Aronui. Our site is to support Māori whānau (families) to provide care to adults and kaumātua (older people) at end of life, as well as take care of whānau at the same time.

    Other directories

    Compassionate Communities

    Interesting articles