Grief Awareness

Key Awareness Events

Grief Awareness Month (August)

Each year in August NALAG sets the theme for National Grief Awareness Month. During this month there are various community events, free education, and a remembering ceremony.

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Walk Towards Hope - Suicide Prevention

Each year in September NALAG holds the Walk Towards Hope on the first Saturday to raise awareness of Suicide Prevention. This usually falls on Works Suicide Prevention Day.

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Each year in October NALAG holds a remembering service on International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. The Centre in Dubbo holds a Remembering the Babies Ceremony and people are invited to order a commemorative en-scripted stone.

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R U Ok?

R U OK? is a not for profit organisation dedicated to inspiring meaningful conversations with family, friends, colleagues and the wider community.
Visit for tips and resources on how to start a conversation with someone who's struggling with life.

Hunter Writers Centre Grieve Competition

Each year the Hunter Writers Centre holds the Grieve competition to commemorate Grief Awareness Day which occurs in August. NALAG is a major sponsor of this competition and in 2017 thousands of entries were submitted. The entries are then judged by a panel with successful entrants having their works published. Works submitted are in short story or poetry form. For more information visit the Hunter Writers Centre website


Guidelines for talking to children about terrorism

The extensive media coverage of terrorist attacks, violence, conflict, and war in the international community means that many children these days are aware of world events as they unfold. Parents are faced with the challenge of explaining traumatic violent events to children. These are difficult but extremely important conversations that give parents and teachers a chance to reassure children that they are safe and secure. These conversations also provide an opportunity to model skills in how to cope with distressing events and manage difficult feelings, and to help children make sense of complex events and develop their understanding of the world.

For more inforamation visit the Australian Psychological Society



Promoting Grief Awareness

One of NALAG's important roles is to promote the good management of grief following a loss. Without the correct intervention, grief can quickly become a more serious health issue. Recognising the grief reactions, symptoms and learning helpful and meaningful ways to enhance wellbeing following loss is one of NALAG's main objectives.


One of the main ways that NALAG achieves this objective is to hold various community events throughout the year to promote grief awareness.

Together with our three annual key awareness events (see left), NALAG also offers community talks throughout the year on Grief and Loss. These can be arranged for your organsiation free or at a nominal cost.

NALAG also produces a number of FREE resources including the brochures, Bereavement Buddy eNewsletter, NALAG News Printed newsletter and the Grandpa's Hat Children's Book.