Many of us are familiar with Tricia Hendry, from the All Saints’ Church in Hataitai, Wellington; who has presented a number of times at Team Training Days. In late November, she will be offering a workshop on behalf of The Grief Centre, aiming to equip those who might be asked to support people bereaved by suicide in their ministry or profession. In the workshop, Tricia will resource participants to be better able to provide compassionate and effective support, whatever the age or stage of those bereaved. She will also discuss ways to talk about suicide in a safe manner.
“Churches and church-related staff are often ports of call after someone has died by suicide, as you’ll know. However, regularly, clergy and ministry leaders from a range of denominations have expressed to me that they feel unsure how to best respond to a suicide bereavement,” Tricia says. This workshop isn’t specific to church staff or Christian theology, however many leaders within our parishes may find it helpful. It does include a discussion on the impact a suicide death can have on spirituality.
Tricia has written and presented on suicide, and suicide trauma and grief, around the country for nearly 20 years. She has written about suicide bereavement for government and for various well known support organisations, and also serves on the national Suicide Postvention Advisory Board, facilitated by The Mental Heath Foundation. Tricia says: “All that I present is evidence-based and current. I ensure that suicide safety is supported in my workshops. I also bring lived experience of suicide bereavement to my work.” You can find out more about Tricia at her website: www.triciahendry.com.
This workshop seems especially timely to me, with so much nationwide discussion about our suicide rates and the lack of support for bereaved families. So, I am honoured to be presenting it on behalf of The Grief Centre.(www.griefcentre.org.nz)
This workshop is also happening in Auckland on November 23 – Just let me know if you’d like me to send you the information flier for that.
After a Suicide workshop
Presented on behalf of The Grief Centre
Tuesday, 28th of November 2017, 9:30am – 12:30pm
All Saints Conference Centre, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai, Wellington
Cost: $95 + GST
To register or ask for more details, email The Grief Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org.