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Supporting children and young people through grief name

Supporting children and young people through grief

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2022

Based on international statistics, an estimated 1 in 20 tamariki will experience a bereavement by the time they’re 16 years old. The impacts of grief are both immediate and life-long. Without the right support at the right time, tamariki can experience a range of mental and even physical...

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Looking after your relationship when you have a seriously ill child name

Looking after your relationship when you have a seriously ill child

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

When your taitamaiti / child is seriously ill, it feels like life is put on hold. Your entire focus, naturally, becomes your taitamaiti / child as you support them. But for most of us, life can’t really stop. We have whānau to care for, jobs to continue and relationships to maintain....

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An update from Kenzie's Gift founder Nic - August 2022 name

An update from Kenzie's Gift founder Nic - August 2022

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2022

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a good winter and the blues have stayed away. Sometimes no news is good news as they say, and I have no news to report on the new heart front, only that I am still here (thankfully). I have had a few new firsts, including meeting with the...

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10 tips for talking to your taitamaiti / child about mate pukupuku / cancer name

10 tips for talking to your taitamaiti / child about mate pukupuku / cancer

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

It’s a conversation no one ever wants to have: telling your taitamaiti / child you’ve got mate pukupuku / cancer. It’s natural to feel upset, unsettled, scared, anxious, guilty and more when it comes to mate pukupuku / cancer. Not only do you have to adjust to your new...

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Preparing your child for a funeral or tangi name

Preparing your child for a funeral or tangi

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022

As mātua (parents and caregivers), it’s natural to want to protect tamariki from some of life’s toughest times. These include funerals and tangi. But in the same way it’s good to be honest and open about things, including telling your tamariki you have mate pukupuku...

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An update from Kenzie's Gift founder Nic name

An update from Kenzie's Gift founder Nic

Posted on Monday, July 4, 2022

Hi Everyone,   You might remember back in February I shared that I'm currently on the heart transplant list.   The good news is, I am still here and waiting (phew). The not so good news is, there have been fewer donors so far this year, so I think it could...

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Bullying during serious illness and grief name

Bullying during serious illness and grief

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2022

It’s a sad reality that bullying happens – and it even happens if your taitamaiti / child or young person is affected by mate pukupuku / cancer, serious illness or grief in the whānau. Not only is your taitamaiti / child or young person dealing with the trauma of that, they’re...

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Grief and your mental health name

Grief and your mental health

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2022

There’s no one way to grieve, and everyone experiences grief differently. That’s because we’re all unique. Our unique culture, age, previous experiences of loss, belief systems and more can all affect the way we grieve.   Grief is a normal and natural reaction to...

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Talking to tamariki (children) and mātātahi (young people) about terminal illness name

Talking to tamariki (children) and mātātahi (young people) about terminal illness

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2022

If you, or someone close to you and your tamariki / taitamaiti (child), have mate pukupuku (cancer), or other serious illness, that has come back, spread or is terminal, you might be wondering how to talk to your tamariki / taitamaiti about it.  It’s a sad reality for a lot of...

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