We were honoured to have recently volunteered our time to work with the National Centre for Childhood Grief (NCCG, formerly A Friend’s Place) on a project with their Kids Group.

This group of bereaved children, who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling, worked together with their counsellors and with Grace and Iani from Sound Expression to create their own song about grief. Music, particularly song writing, offers an incredibly powerful method for children to work through overwhelming feelings and emotions.

The children in Kids Group worked together to find words about their feelings of grief, questions they wish they could ask their parent, things that help them live with grief and how they feel about group counselling. These ideas were given back to us and Grace did an amazing job to craft them into lyrics, set them to music and make a recording, with the song ‘A Friend’s Place’. This was later performed by the kids at the NCCG centre to lots of smiles and quite a few tears.

Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

‘A Friend’s Place’
Our time together was far too brief
Now learning how to live with the grief
My friends and family help me cope
Knowing love lasts forever gives me hope
Talking in a safe space,
Comfort in A Friend’s Place,
Makes me feel strong,
And that’s where I belong

Read their full story here.