putting grief into words

The extraordinary stories of Australia’s best new author


I’m Robina Haines

2015 was the year that changed my life. A year that initially threw me onto a path of sadness and despair which eventually evolved into a journey of ‘new normals’ and a greater understanding of mental health awareness.

It was in 2015, the lives of my young family changed indefinitely, when I got news of the sudden passing of my husband Nigel, on a remote mine site in the country’s north west.

Then another twist when, 12 months later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go into battle for my own life.

My first book, ‘Hello Grief – Be My Friend’ was published in 2018. It talks of my journey with a young family dealing with the minefield of emotions that a sudden death and a cancer diagnosis brings about. It is a book that encompasses love, loss, grief, hope and moving forward positively.

‘My Shining Star’, a children’s book, was published in 2019.  This book might provide a starting point for anyone who is on the journey with young children experiencing the loss of someone close.

‘My Warrior Mum’, another children’s book,  was published in 2020 and is a story to help the little ones in our life, understand the changes in the body when a person undergoes cancer treatment. It may also provide a starting point for anyone that is on this journey.

A fourth book is due at the end of the year 2021!

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Featured Books

Hello Grief be my friend

This extraordinary journey of love, loss, courage, hope and gratitude is a must-read for everyone. Ultimately, we will all experience grief. Learning, appreciating and respecting grief’s impact and processes on us, and coming to terms with them, is one of the most valuable lessons we could ever have. A book to remind us all how precious life is and to embrace every day.Learn More Featured Books

My Shining Star

Ollie is going on a journey. But this is no ordinary journey. Lots of little creatures come out to help him but does he find what he is looking for?
From Robina Haines, author of “Hello Grief – Be My Friend” comes a story to help children in times of grief – told just a little differently.Learn More Featured Books

My My Warrior Mum

When Ollies Mum tells him that
she has breast cancer,
they decide together that
she is a Warrior.
Ollies mum looks different to the other mums
and she can’t run, jump and play as much
That’s what makes Warriors different…
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Hello Grief, an extraordinary journey of love, loss, courage, hope and gratitude.
My Shining Star, a story to help children in times of grief.
Get both incredible books by Author Robina Haines.Learn More


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