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.



  • Guide for Carers  – A resource by Hospice New Zealand with information and support for people caring for someone with a life limiting condition.
  • Kete Aronui | Te Ipu Aronuipractical information to help whānau manaaki provide care to adults and kaumātua at the end of their lives
  • Sweet Louise practical, emotional and social care and support for New Zealanders living with incurable breast cancer.
  • Support Crew – making it easy to give and get a hand
  • CarersNZCarers NZ is a national not for profit supporting a network of approximately 490,000 individual carers and supporting organisations. They do not charge a membership fee and fundraise to share our support resources freely with family carers.
  • Downloadable Resources – Te Omanga Hospice
  • Patient/Whanau Resources – Resources by Palliative Outcomes Initiative (POI) for patients and whanau in multiple languages
  • Information for Carers – A general guide for carers from the Ministry of Social Development.

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. 

    Other directories

    Compassionate Communities

    Interesting articles