All good causes deserve support where possible and when my old friend Jen Cowley told me about a project very close to her heart I learnt about a vital organisation that receives limited state funding. All of us have lost a loved one in our lives or experienced loss and or grief. If you live in or around Dubbo (I’m about 4 hours drive away) then read on as to why you should join Jen for an important initiative on Saturday 1st August. I’ll be there!

The NALAG Centre for Loss and Grief provides free loss and grief support.

Grandpa's%20Hat%20-%20front%20cover “Grief is our reaction to loss. Someone who has experienced a loss can feel like being lost in a maze of conflicting emotions. This is normal following significant loss. Some examples of significant losses are the death of a loved one, a miscarriage, abortion, divorce/separation or relationship breakdown, death of a pet, loss of job, home, identity or independence, caring for someone with a chronic or a life threatening illness.” (courtesy NALAG website)

At the urging of NALAG, Jen has published a children’s book to help address the emotional needs of youngsters during times of unimaginable pain. Grandpa’s Hat is the result.  Written by Jen Cowley and illustrated by Mark Horton, Grandpa’s Hat is the story of Jennywren and all her favourite animals, who help her discover that although her Grandpa is gone, he doesn’t have to be forgotten.

Jen and Mark will be launching Grandpa’s Hat at:

Date: Saturday, 1st August 2015 Location: Lazy River Estate, Old Dubbo Road, Dubbo

Time: 6.00pm Cost: $50.00 per person (including canapés, drinks available for purchase).


Even if you can’t make it on the night if you head to the ticket detail link above you can purchase a copy of the book.

Grandpa’s Hat has been developed with the support of the combined Rotary Clubs of Dubbo and Coonabarabran as a resource for the National Association of Loss and Grief NSW Inc. (NALAG)


Special Guests: Author Jen Cowley and Artist Mark Horton, Troy Grant MP


All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to help NALAG – a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported organisation – to continue the work it does in supporting people who are grieving.

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