Tricia Hendry is based in Wellington, New Zealand.
She is well known for her writing, publications, columns, presentations, workshops, and media work. Her specialty is information that builds resilience and wellbeing, especially in life's toughest situations.
When widowed by suicide, Tricia looked for ways to move forwards and to support her three young children to do the same. A natural information seeker, she read widely about trauma and grief, sourced strategies and insights from those who'd 'been there', and checked out the latest research findings. Since that time she's gained many years of experience supporting and empowering others through trauma, loss, and grief of all kinds.
Tricia is particularly well known for her work with Skylight, a specialist trauma, loss and grief support organisation in New Zealand. She was Deputy Chief Executive there until September 2014, specialising in project management, writing and communications, the development and production of a wide range of publications and resources, web writing, networking, media work, workshops and presentations. Client projects have included work for: The Grief Centre, The Ministry of Education, Mid-Central Health DHB, Taranaki Hospice, The Paediatric Palliative Care Education Forum, Massey University, Victim Support, Skylight, Carers NZ, Young Carers NZ, MyCare, NZ Association of Counsellors (Secondary School Counsellor Network), Funeral Directors Association of NZ, Australian Funeral Directors Association, Mainly Music Community Networks, Metlifecare NZ, NZ Sisters of Mercy, and PADA - Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa.
When it comes to getting through hard times, Tricia knows that no one size approach fits all. She offers a variety of support options, tools, and ideas for people to choose from, rather than a defined prescription to be followed. She knows that good information is empowering and, at times, life transforming. She ensures a sound, research based approach to all the information she writes and presents.
Tricia's background was originally in high school teaching, primary teaching, youth work and community work. She has also qualified as a professional supervisor, providing support for frontline workplace practice.
"Grief kicks in after any difficult loss - it's the process we're wired for. Grief helps us adjust to the reality of what's happened and gradually become able to move forward. Living with significant loss, trauma, and grief is one of the most confronting experiences humans can face. The bigger the loss, the greater the grief. Once you've 'been there' yourself, you realise why giving support to others on the grief road can make a significant difference to their wellbeing - and to our whole community's wellbeing." - Tricia Hendry