Get help after someone dies
If you have recently lost someone, there are places you can go for practical and emotional support:
- Victim Support
- Work and Income
- Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ)
- Births, Deaths & Marriages (Department of Internal Affairs)
- SANDS – Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support
- SIDS and Kids
- Whakawhetū (Māori Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy)
Victim Support provides 24-hour practical and emotional support, personal advocacy and information to all New Zealanders affected by crime and trauma.
- Victims Support website (external link)
- phone your local police station and ask for Victim Support
- phone 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846)
If you have lost a family member because of an injury, ACC may be able to help financially, such as with a funeral grant, a survivor's grant, childcare payments and weekly compensation.
- ACC booklet: Getting help after someone dies from an injury (external link)
- This booklet is available in other languages on the ACC website (external link)
Work and Income may be able to help you financially.
The partner, child, parent or guardian of someone who has died may be able to get a grant to help pay for of the funeral. A funeral grant is income and asset tested.
- Work and income website (external link)
- 0800 559 009
Most funeral directing companies belong to FDANZ. Its members arrange and direct more than 80 percent of New Zealand funerals.
Anyone can organise a burial or cremation.
Skylight helps children, young people and their families/whānau through tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief, whatever the cause and wherever they live in New Zealand. It also helps the individuals and professionals supporting them.
It offers helpful information, specialist resources and training. In the Wellington region it offers child and teen support groups and counselling.
- Skylight website (external link)
- 0800 299 100
Groups of parents around the country help care for other bereaved parents, whānau and friends. They promote understanding and support for people dealing with all kinds of reproductive loss, such as miscarriage, and the death soon after birth or from medical termination.
SIDS and Kids is a national organisation providing services for families and communities who have had children die suddenly and/or unexpectedly of any cause, including sudden infant death syndrome.
Whakawhetū is a national kaupapa Māori organisation dedicated to supporting whānau to nurture and protect their babies from the risk of SUDI through strengthening the services they engage with. They provide policy advice, disseminate evidence-based information, deliver training and education and strengthen existing workforce development.
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