Claire Laurenson B.A. in Women’s Studies
Grief Practitioner, Educator, Advisor, Speaker, Writer, Healer & Artist
I’ve been working with trauma, loss and grief since 1985. Prior to 1997 when I began working with others, I worked my way through a twelve year period of personal losses. All in all, a thirty-two year journey thus far!
Along the way, I’ve learnt a lot, gained a lot and grown a lot. I bring my personal and professional experience, knowledge, skills and wisdom to this work. During my ‘grief career’, I’ve worked with support and education across sudden infant death, general bereavement, parenting, cancer and chronic illness. I’ve coordinated 24hr phone services, developed grief resources, facilitated support groups and delivered workshops, programmes and training. I’ve worked with the bereaved, emergency responders, health professionals, tertiary institutions, community groups and organisations, businesses and the public.
In 2010, I established Grief Relief so I could continue to support families after the death of a child, to educate and increase people’s understanding about grief and to honour my first-born son Jeremy, whose death in 1985 was formative to this work.
Creativity is a key to healing trauma and grief. To this end, I encourage griever’s creativity through memory-making activities for connecting, acknowledging and honouring their relationship with loved ones past. See Grief Relief’s weekly Facebook post on memory-making, creative workshops available and Memories Matter, a Skylight resource I developed.
Along with healing through creative means, I also practice Reiki healing. A Level Two Practitioner since 1995, my interest in alternative forms of healing was sparked in the early 1980’s. I’ve continued to explore different healing modalities and develop my capabilities. Increasingly, I respond intuitively when working with grief.
Creative self-expression is an integral part of who I am and I’ve had numerous outlets for this throughout my life. Writing a blog about loss and grief is a relatively new outlet, one I am enjoying finding my voice in and reaching a wider audience.
I’m curious about people, life and death. I’ve explored different spiritual paths in practices and study during my life and have come to my own understanding of God which continues to evolve as I do. I believe I’m living my life’s purpose in this work.
While I travel throughout the Wellington region, distance support is available via Phone and Skype. I welcome work further afield, nationally and internationally. to speak on loss and grief and deliver workshops.
Born and raised in Blenheim, I’ve lived in the Hutt Valley for 30+ years where I raised three subsequent sons.