A resource containing information to help people facing the loss of a loved one was launched today.

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today launched the Te Hokinga ā Wairua End of Life Service as the second service designed around significant events in the lives of New Zealanders. The first was SmartStart, a service designed to help new and expectant parents.

“The Te Hokinga ā Wairua End of Life Service is a source of expert, trusted and accessible information to help guide people facing the loss of a loved one and also allows people to record their preferences ahead of time to make it easier on those they will leave behind,” says Dunne.

“It has been developed with the help of specialists like the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand and provides people with what their options and requirements are over the first days, weeks and months following a death”, says Mr Dunne.

Users can also create a personalised list to help to organise their affairs and provide the clarity and detail that can help their family, whānau and friends get through an emotional and stressful time in their lives.

“Conversations around death are always sensitive, but it is something worthwhile for all families to discuss because a little bit of preparation and some extra knowledge can make a real difference.”

More information can be found at www.endoflife.services.govt.nz

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