Good Grief

Good Grief, a ministry of the Sisters of St Joseph is a new addition to the MacKillop Family Services suite of programs. Good Grief transferred its operations to MacKillop Family Services on 1 July 2017.

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Good Grief delivers high quality, evidence-based grief and loss education programs and training in Australia and overseas. Good Grief’s Seasons for Growth, Seasons for Healing and Stormbirds programs are designed to assist children, young people and adults process the effects of grief, loss and change and help them build resilience and wellbeing.


The Seasons for Growth Children and Young People’s program was first developed by Professor Anne Graham in the mid-1990s after seeing a need to assist children, young people and adults struggling with the experience of change and loss. The suite of programs has expanded to now include programs to support adults and parents.

Seasons for Growth 


Seasons for Growth is a loss and grief program that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief.  The programs are designed to strengthen the emotional wellbeing of children, young people, adults and parents who are dealing with major life changes and other losses by exploring the impact of change and loss on life and by providing knowledge and skills to adapt following significant changes include death, separation and divorce and other loss experiences.  Over 250,000 children and young people in five countries have now participated in the program.

Seasons for Healing


Seasons for Healing is a culturally appropriate small group grief and loss education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who are managing experiences of change, loss and grief.  The program has been developed by Good Grief in partnership with Aboriginal Family Support Services (SA) with funding provided by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.

Seasons for Healing is a based on the successful Seasons for Growth Adult Program, and has been developed in response to requests for a culturally appropriate program to support Aboriginal adults in responding to their often complex experiences of change and loss.



Stormbirds is a small group program that provides children and young people who have lived through a natural disaster the opportunity and support to examine the impact of this experience on their lives.

MacKillop Family Services is committed to continuing the valuable work of Good Grief in supporting and strengthening the social and emotional wellbeing of its clients. Good Grief’s training services and programs will continue to be branded as Good Grief and will be complemented by MacKillop’s trauma-informed model, Sanctuary.

To find out more about Good Grief, including how to enrol for training and shop for program materials and resources, visit