Dianne McKissock is a sociologist, Master Clinician with the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors, and grief therapist who began her counselling career in 1968. She has worked in various roles in Government services and acted as a consultant to numerous community organisations. Dianne has taught counselling in overseas countries, presented at national and international conferences and published many books and articles on the subject of death, dying and bereavement. Her special interest for the past 25 years has been working with bereaved children and their families and acting as their advocate in the wider society. In 1996 she was awarded the Medal of The Order of Australia for her work with the bereaved community.