Miindala (an Aboriginal word meaning to do things well) was established in 2006 by Catherine Campbell and friends after a series of workshops on Death and Dying by a Buddhist nun, Karen Sheafer. It built on the work of the Bellingen Bereavement Service established by Leah Munro in 1992. Contact was made with NALAG and Miindala was accepted as a branch of NALAG NSW Inc. and opened with an official public launch which was attended by Trudy Hanson State Manager of NALAG NSW Inc.
NALAG Bellingen/Namucca Branch is a volunteer community service offering compassionate support to people experiencing grief and loss and to people facing a life-threatening situation, as well as their family and carers.
The current coordinator is Anna Chetan Bloemhard who also coordinates the Biography Project. NALAG Bellingen/Namucca Branch has operated in the Bellingen Shire and Coffs Harbour City areas since 2006 and is a free service.
NALAG Bellingen/Namucca Branch provides free individual face to face grief support by trained volunteers for adults and children who are grieving following a loss. Appointments are essential and are by prior arrangement only. NALAG Bellingen/Nambucca Shires is not a crisis centre and all emergencies should be directed to the appropriate agency or to the outpatient unit of your local Hospital.
NALAG Bellingen/Nambucca Shires outreaches to Bellingen, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour.
NALAG is a not for profit organisation. NALAG provides grief and loss support to all people regardless of financial circumstances and provides these services completely FREE of charge. The Blue Healers Depression Program, the Bereavement Buddy Program and the Seasons for Growth Program are also offered FREE to suitable participants.
If you would like to register a client for any NALAG service, please download, print and complete a Registration Form and return by email. Alternatively please call to refer a client directly.
The Miindala team have procured a cooling plate, which is used to keep a body cool and can be used when a family has experienced a loss so that they can keep the loved one at home for up to 5 days after death. Cooling plates are widely used in the Netherlands to keep a deceased person at home prior to the funeral. Research has shown that active participation in the keeping and preparation of a body is very healing and nurturing for all involved. If you would like more information on this please contact Miindala on 0448 084 792.
NALAG Bellingen/Nambucca Shires run training programs for Volunteer Grief Support Workers every year. Volunteering as a grief support in simple terms is the gift of your time and a listening to a person in grief. This simple act of kindness and support can make the world of difference.