In Memory of Ordinary Things                            

Saturday, 18 December: 2-5 pm                         

You are warmly invited to our End-of-Year event, ‘In Memory of Ordinary Things’, at the Grief Centre in Tuart Hill on the afternoon of 18 December.

Bring a symbol of your grief to create a visual photobooth memory in Doris the Vintage Caravan.  Our wonderful photographer, Liz from Classic Clicks, creates a safe and special space where our grief and connection can be honoured and captured with exquisite professional photos.

Invite friends and family to share this special afternoon together.

Attendance is by donation and afternoon tea is provided.

RSVP to admin@griefcentrewa.org.au / 0404 658 052

Attendance by donation.

Writing for Wellbeing Workshop   

Saturday, 13 November: 10am – 3 pm                                           

$ 85.00;   Concession $ 65.00

This workshop offers practical tools, inspiration and guidance for the process of transitioning from grief and loss to more inner peace, contentment and joy.  We will use writing to explore possibilities of renewal and change. Writing is a powerful pathway that offers validation, clarity, self-understanding and increased well-being. The kind of writing entered into is for you personally. There are no special writing skills necessary.

The workshop is for anyone who has either experienced the loss of a loved one or a range of other losses such as relationship breakdown,  loss of health, disability, unemployment, infertility and losses evoked by Covid-19.

The workshop provides a safe, sensitive and supportive space.

Your facilitator, Katrin Den Elzen (PhD) has personally experienced the transitioning from grief to rebuilding a new life following the death of her husband. She has written a grief memoir and is an experienced group facilitator. Katrin teaches writing for wellbeing at Murdoch University for counselling students.

To register or for more information please contact Katrin on 0487029983 or E:kdenelzen@griefcentrewa.org.au

Join us for the Grief Centre of WA’s annual High Tea Fundraiser, in recognition of Dying to Know Day.
 

Enjoy an afternoon of bottomless tea, coffee and bubbles, a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, lucky door prizes and a raffle.

All funds raised will go towards supporting the Grief Centre of Western Australia.

**Sat 7th Aug 2021, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at The Grief Centre, Tuart Hill**

For details and tickets, visit bit.ly/GCWAHighTea

Spots are limited, so be sure to book your ticket now and secure your spot!

Happy Hearts Workshop for Kids – using imagination and creative writing to help children find peace and comfort after loss.                                                                           Children grieve significant losses in their lives just as intensely as adults. Providing a safe space for children to express their feelings through art, drawing and stories can help children navigate the grieving process. 

In this workshop, children will be guided through: 

  • a creative writing exercise based around a positive memory of their loved one; and 
  • an art activity to create a happy place for their loved one. 

Both activities are designed to encourage children to use their imaginations and express their feelings in a safe and positive environment. 

Saturday 21 August 2021, 1:00pm – 3:00pm                     Grief Centre of WA – 105 Banksia Street, Tuart Hill             $50 per person $30 for siblings 

Includes workshop materials and afternoon tea 

Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years. 

Facilitated by: Jevita Nilson – Children’s Author & Jody Hutchinson – Counsellor and Facilitator 

RSVP to jhutchinson@griefcentrewa.org.au 

Grief and Death as a part of Life …
with Linda Rawlings                                                                         
          Fee :  $125pp – please contact Linda for concession rates.  Inclusions: Program and materials, delicious morning and afternoon tea.  Please BYO lunch.    

This one-day workshop is dedicated to honouring death and grief as essential events that come to us as we journey through life.  When we allow ourselves the space and time to reflect deeply on our lives and the losses within it, new ways of seeing and feeling our sorrows emerge along with a desire to live life with evermore gratitude and joy.

Using diverse perspectives and creative processes, this tender inquiry works to ease our anxieties and heartache, and to increase our sense of connection and wonder.

For more information, please email Linda on:  linda.rawlings@griefcentrewa.org.au

Facilitator: Linda Rawlings is an experienced facilitator whose focus has turned from a life-long exploration of childbirth issues to the pressing need for more information, readiness and respect around death, dying and grief.  Linda’s Embracing Grief and Death Workshops run along similar themes to her Death Becomes Us Retreats which she has run privately since 2017 to guide a deep reflection on life, death and grief in order to increase understanding, healing, presence and connection.  Linda’s unique approach inspires greater ease and joy, and is offered with lightness, love and creativity.

Linda has trained as a Death Doula and is the General Manger at the Grief Centre of Western Australia.

Retreat Testimonials:

Thank-you Linda for a wonderful retreat.  It was a meaningful and sensitively handled experience as well as very informative and enriching.  It was a truly rare opportunity to examine our inner fears and thoughts associated with the inevitable – death. In saying this, I came out of the workshop feeling positive and energized.  Thank you again.   PK

Linda is a remarkably warm, heart-based facilitator. Her professionalism and gentle compassion, holding the space for rich conversations, feeding in just enough to allow participants to bring out their own story and weaving this tricky subject into a fabric so very rich and soulful.  RB

Beginning at the dawn of the day, this expansive, fascinating, honest and playful perspective on death and dying turns the grim reaper into a benevolent, gentle chaperone and throws an invigorating new light on living. I’m seeing my everyday world with new eyes of wonder and I want to keep that view for the rest of my days!!   BD

The event sounded confronting and I didn’t know what to expect. But I left with an increased awareness of life, of my path, of my invulnerability and was electrified. Linda created a beautiful and safe environment for me to speak that which is unspoken, to let go and to be easy and grow. I felt the love of my father, who committed suicide, as intensely as ever. If just this event name makes you curious, do yourself a favour and get to know more about it before it’s too late!   JA

When A Life is Lost …                                                            With Kath Budzinska                                                       Saturday, 24 April 21                                                           Friday 24 September 21                                                    9.00am to 3.30pm 

$100 ($60 student and concession)

Professional Development for Health Professionals – Dealing with your own grief in the professional arena

RSVP to kbudzinska@griefcentrewa.org.au            

Kath Budzinska is a registered midwife with over thirty years of stories, skills and experiences to share.  Kath completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology in 2015 and commenced work at The Grief Centre of Western Australia.

Kath believes passionately in the concept of caring for the carer. Witnessing loss of life can ignite memories and challenge beliefs. This may leave unresolved feelings of grief and loss.  Left unattended these feelings have the potential to lead to burnout, as well as other health issues, for the caregivers themselves.

It is the aim of these sessions to create a safe place to come and explore real life experiences.  We can use our stories and the lessons learnt to reinforce the skills required to keep safe, in the ongoing delivery of kind and compassionate care.

Composing New Beginnings
with Katrin Den Elzen

Register your interest below

$110 ($80 Concession)

Compositionwork is a contemplative creative coaching method to explore the richness of our inner world. It is a transformative tool for renewal and positive change for anyone who wants to gain clarity and deepen self-understanding. The modality is particularly useful for people who may be transitioning into a new identity as a result of personal or professional changes in their lives. Those in search of personal meaning after the death of a loved one or other losses will especially benefit from Compositionwork. The artistic way of working allows creative experimentation and symbolic expression that often reveals meanings and experiences that go beyond words and deepens emotion-awareness.

Your facilitator is Katrin Den Elzen (PhD), who has personally experienced the transitioning from grief to rebuilding a new life following the death of her husband. She has written a grief memoir about her experiences of young widowhood. Writing helped Katrin to work through grief and trauma. She is an experienced group facilitator who also teaches writing for recovery and renewal at Murdoch University for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

To register, please email kdenelzen@griefcentrewa.org.au

For further information please ring Katrin on 0487029983

 

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