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The Fifth Season
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Palliative care
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Canterbury
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Canterbury
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The Fifth Season is a telehealth palliative support service: our work is to support you with all matters related to death and dying. We connect people to resources and offer an advocacy and information service. We can also provide education and support relating to the unique palliative situation and needs of each person and their family/whānau. We can connect with you by phone, text or Zoom. We are available to people in the Christchurch and Canterbury region of Aotearoa’s South Island. We offer an initial free telephone call to discuss your needs and what we can offer.
Testimonials
Testimonials
"When I learnt that a member in our school community had a palliative diagnosis, I contacted Liz for ideas and support both for the family, especially the children in our care, and the teachers directly involved. Liz was very helpful in providing resources on coping strategies, and dealing with grief, and offered her support and practical knowledge to the family. I found her to be approachable and sensitive to the situation and the needs of the family."
~ L.E. Teacher

"I have always found Liz to be compassionate and professional. So after my family was given some distressing news regarding the birth of my granddaughter I turned to Liz for a chat – she was the perfect person to explain to me what the future may look like for us and helped me to realize that my sadness and struggle to accept a diagnosis was ok, thankfully our situation was not palliative, however my grief was real. Liz has a lovely confident manner that was just what I needed and knowing she is so approachable is a real comfort to me for the future."
~AB
Updated: 16 May 2022
Suburbs/Districts/Towns Serviced
Suburbs/Districts/Towns Serviced
The Fifth Season is based in Canterbury; we can connect nationwide via phone and Zoom.
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
Meeting the needs of older people
Meeting the needs of older people
In my work I have seen that a vast range of feelings and emotions arise at the end of life. I have met people who feel alone or frightened, some who are challenged by decisions to be made and others who are energised to attend to unfinished life tasks. I understand the need to talk about death and dying, the palliative conversations, and I know too this may be confronting and challenging and can leave some people questioning or searching for answers. I have also witnessed these palliative conversations as leading to moments of realisation, inner calm and true love and joy.

At The Fifth Season we acknowledge that there are many different pathways for the end of life experience. We know that for those facing their own death or the death of someone significant in their life, good information and personal support are essential. We have seen how having the opportunity to explore options, consider decisions and resolve tensions, can bring a sense of fulfilment and peace.

Anyone touched by dying - whether you are a friend, a family member, a child, a neighbour, a relative, a whānau member - is welcome to contact The Fifth Season at any stage of the journey.
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
Where service is provided
Where service is provided
Status Details
In your own home No Please note this is a phone service - or on-line, Zoom - at this stage. I can call you at your convenience whilst you remain in the comfort of your home.
In Aged Residential Care No Please note this is a phone service - or on-line, Zoom - at this stage. I can call you at your convenience whilst you remain in the comfort of your home.
Not in Aged Residential Care No Please note this is a phone service - or on-line, Zoom - at this stage. I can call you at your convenience whilst you remain in the comfort of your home.
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
After Hours
After Hours
After Hours Status Details
After Hours Yes By prior arrangement (during office hours) we can arrange to speak after hours.
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
Payment
Payment
Payment Status Details
Payment required Yes Initial consultation $90 (60-90 minutes: to assess your holistic well-being and needs, to develop a Support Plan and to establish our working relationship goals). Follow up $60 per hour (all work/research, phone calls, Zoom sessions).
Free Yes Initial phone call free - to discuss your needs and what we can offer.
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Police checked Yes
Other details Yes Registered Social Worker (SWRB: 12133) Member of professional body of Social Workers (ANZASW)
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Christian Yes
Updated: 8 Apr 2022
What's New
What's New
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“I feel like I’m falling apart at the seams!” I recall saying these very words during a period of intense grief; thankfully I was ‘held’ by family and friends who knew that my powerful emotions were natural, normal responses to my loss. Grief is a universally human experience, yet felt uniquely and personally - however you need never be alone and support is available in many different ways.

Hello I’m Liz! I am quite new to Eldernet and will introduce myself and my work at The Fifth Season to you over the next few months.

I have always been interested in people and life’s stages. I was brought up in the UK, Europe and Kuwait where, through experiences, I was introduced to death and dying. As a child I experienced the deaths of family members and friends. Coming to adulthood, the end-of-life experiences of those I lived and worked amongst shaped my knowledge of death and dying. I carry an awareness that dying is a part of living: that with support we can better understand the challenges of dying; and that fulfilled living can prevail.​

I trained (and registered) as a Social Worker many years ago and have most recently spent six years as a volunteer palliative biographer and, earlier this year, established The Fifth Season. My greatest hope is to support you with all matters related to death and dying – whether that is how to support you or someone close to you in grief (as in the opening quote) - or how to start the conversation about dying; how to remember and commemorate, maintaining soul and spirit health during a tough period or how to say goodbye. The list of questions is infinite: anyone, at any stage of the journey, with any question, is welcome to contact The Fifth Season.

The Fifth Season (thefifthseason.co.nz) a telehealth palliative support service.

Goodbye for now, more next month, I will close with a photo:

Me and dad: this photo was taken a few years ago on a walk – it was the first time I had taken my children to England, the occasion was his 70th birthday. I look forward to seeing him next January, here in New Zealand.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated: 11 May 2022

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