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What, Why, How


National Centre for Childhood Grief (NCCG) is the only organization of its type in Australia that provides free, unlimited counselling to bereaved children. Our funding will support an intensive workshop on ‘Children’s Grief’ for school counsellors in the Hunter Region and the distribution of ‘Grief Resource Packs’ to rural and regional schools throughout NSW.


It is estimated that 1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent, or other close relative who cares for them, during their childhood. Whilst there is growing research and support for various physical and mental health issues which cause death, there is little support for the children impacted by the death.The NCCG is the only program of its kind in Australia providing face to face counselling, group support and programs along with training and education for the professionals who work with bereaved children.


Requests for both counselling and training for school counsellors and other professionals has increased considerably. School counsellors desperately require the skills and knowledge to better support bereaved children, and the intensive workshop on children’s grief will provide just that. The Grief Resource Packs’ also contain information about grief and bereavement, counselling references, and contact information for the Centre. They are valuable for teachers, carers and bereaved adults who are supporting children and will be delivered to a number of rural and regional schools throughout NSW.

NCCG Impact

The Centre was established almost 25 years ago by founders Mal and Di McKissock OAM, internationally recognised experts in the field of child bereavement and grief counselling.  Since that time, they have been providing free specialist bereavement counselling for children and teenagers, and grief counselling for adults and carers on a fee-for-service basis. 

The processes and practices that NCCG have established and follow ensure that they are able to provide the best possible outcomes for vulnerable children to ensure that their education, health and future are not compromised by the painful events they have experienced.

NCFCG support recipient

A Father

“When my wife died at the age of 38, leaving me with a 3 year old little girl, struggling to understand what had happened to her mother and why, I faced new challenges that I was ill equipped to handle. The National Centre for Childhood Grief ‘A Friend’s Place’ was a godsend and the dedicated team of volunteer counsellors enabled me to help my daughter make some sense of her new life."

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