Good Grief’s flagship program Seasons for Growth has supported over 300,000 children, young people and adults who have experienced significant change and loss in their lives.
MacKillop understands that significant change and loss can be challenging for children, young people and adults alike. It may be from the death of a loved one, removal from family, disability or family breakdown.
Good Grief joined MacKillop in 2017 and provides evidence-based education programs designed to assist children, young people and adults understand and attend well to their grief following major loss experiences.
It was in the mid-1990’s that Good Grief’s founders, the Sisters of St Joseph along with Professor Anne Graham AO developed a peer-based, small group education program, Seasons for Growth. Over the past 20 years, the Seasons for Growth programs have expanded to meet the increasing needs of the community and those adjusting to a significant life event.
Today, Good Grief delivers high quality loss and grief training and education programs throughout Australia and the world. Each of the programs provides a safe learning environment where children, young people and adults are able to give a voice to their experience, understand their feelings and to learn new ways to adapt. Good Grief’s three key programs include:
Seasons for Growth is an evidence-based change and loss education program that uses imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. It works to strengthen the emotional wellbeing of children, young people, adults and parents who have experienced major loss and life changes.
The program has since been adapted to support refugee children, young people following suicide events and children involved in natural disasters. It has been further adapted for adults experiencing loss, Indigenous people, prisoners, and parents of children in the program.
Seasons for Healing is a culturally appropriate evidence-based education program that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults to understand and attend well to their grief.
Stormbirds is an education program that supports children and young people who have lived through a natural disaster. We are currently delivering Stormbirds in fire affected communities and are seeking support to extend our reach and deliver this program across New South Wales and Victoria.
To find out more about Good Grief, including how to enrol for training and shop for program materials and resources, visit www.goodgrief.org.au.