As a Companion and qualified Grief Practitioner, I am humbled and privileged to be invited to support and walk alongside people in possibly one of the darkest and painful times in life - experiencing a bereavement. It is a truly rewarding role.

My personal satisfaction comes from companioning  people through ideals and requests that later, in reflection, become moments that comfort - not regrets for missed or lost opportunities.

Finally, having an understanding of your own personal loss and grieving process and unique coping strategies can be healing and in time and process, may promote personal growth.  With this I encourage education and self awareness, however in your own time and what feels right for you now.

"There are no words, no protection and no quick fix for your pain.  You are not alone, there are those that on invite, will walk beside you for the while.”



Past Membership and National Registration ACA- M.A.C.A (Level 2) (Australian Counselling Association) and a registered Counsellor listed on National Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP)


Past Member of the ACA College of Grief & Loss Counsellors (Level 2), (CGAL)

ACA Professional Colleges have been designed to acknowledge counsellors and psychotherapists who have undertaken specialised training in specific areas of mental health. Only those who meet the high standards of ACA will be eligible for College membership. College membership reflects the pinnacle of professional training and delivery by the therapist and reassures the consumer that these specialists are indeed appropriately trained to offer specialised services in specialist areas.





Diploma in Engergy Psychology - The Grace Institute of Awakening

Working with Children Sexual Assault - Bravehearts

Mental Health Social Support Certified - Mental Health Social Support & ACA, Australia E-Learning

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training -  Living Works, Hopewell Hospice, Queensland

Safe Infant Sleeping E-Learning Programme - Queensland Govt/SIDS and Kids Queensland, Australia

Grief Counselling Training Programme with a Focus on Children and Grief - Clare College, Paradise Kids, Queensland, Australia

Certificate 101 & 201 in Certificate in Applied Dreamwork - Margaret Bowater

Diploma In Counselling,  Level 6 - Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Certificate In Grief Support Lois Tonkin, Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Certificate In Applied Grief Studies Training - HD&T (Human Development & Training Institute of New Zealand), Auckland,  Aotearoa, New Zealand

Certificate In Basic Integrative Counselling Skills & Personal Growth - The Institute for Integrative Health Studies, Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand



  • Past Facilitator of Pregnancy Loss Australia Gold Coast North Support Group - 2012 - 2016.

"For the last 5 years I have been on the committee of the Christchurch Multiple Birth club, I have held a number of positions, including Co-President and Treasurer. During this time, Karen Jefferson freely provided her time and growing expertise to those members who needed support through  bereavement. Karen has been an ardent advocate for the needs of the bereaved families and built up a fantastic pool of resources, including books, & dvd’s, that greatly helped people through the grief process. I often admired Karen’s resourcefulness and networking skills as she sourced funding for studies, and found a number of suppliers of mementos such as candles, plaques and cards that she was able to provide to clients as part of her work through the grieving process.  I wish Karen all the best as she completes her studies and turns her passion into her career."

Liz Newman

Past Co-President Christchurch Multiple Birth Club.

  • Twin Loss NZ, Canterbury Advocate since 2007 & National Twin Loss Support Australia, Volunteer Support Worker NZ 2009 - 2014.
  • New Zealand and Australian Distributor of Nancee Soboyna's "The Gifts of Grief" DVD and Guide Book resources.



People often ask me, when did my interest in bereavement start?....

It started at the age of 12 when my Mother took me to Dr E. Kübler-Ross's workshop here in Christchurch, in the 1980's.  Thank you Mum and Elisabeth, my road is one less traveled!"

 "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -I took the one less traveled by,

 And that has made all the difference" Robert Frost