Our Story

Seasons for Growth’s founders recognised a need within the community to provide a high-quality evidence based Australian education program to support children and young people who were struggling with experiences of change, loss and grief. In the mid-1990s, the Sisters of St Joseph responded to this need by supporting the development of a small group, peer-based loss and grief education program – Seasons for Growth.

Good Grief's work embodies the spirit of Mary MacKillop; a woman for all Australians. Our work is motivated by Mary MacKillop’s principle,

“Never see a need without doing something about it.”  

Over the past twenty years our range of programs has expanded to meet the needs of both children and adults in a range of community contexts. In most cases, participants in our programs are adjusting to significant life events that have triggered experiences of change, loss and grief.

At some point in our lives we are each affected by such events that are usually not of our own choosing and beyond our control. Sometimes we struggle to make sense of these events and what is happening to us. Central to the work of Good Grief is providing knowledge and skills to help understand and attend to the pain of such experiences so individuals have the best opportunity possible to live a full and productive life.

Our programs are used all over Australia and internationally. They are evidence based, and numerous external evaluations over the years have continued to affirm the positive benefits of the programs for those who participate in them. This now numbers over 300,000 children, young people and adults – and the Good Grief story continues.

View a history of Good Grief's projects here


Professor Anne Graham

The work of Professor Anne Graham as the author of this program is acknowledged and her kind permission for its continued use is noted with thanks. Anne is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Children and Young People  at Southern Cross University, Lismore.

Anne's background is in education and sociology. Her research and professional interests include children's social and emotional well-being, participation and engagement in schools, ethical issues in researching with children & young people, and teacher learning. 

Anne is a vital ongoing supporter of the work of Good Grief, and we acknowledge and appreciate her generous sharing of both expertise and insight.


The Sisters of St Joseph

The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, an Institute of women religious, was founded in Penola, South Australia in 1886 by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods.

The Institute was founded to provide education for children from struggling families in that isolated region of the colonies.

Mary MacKillop was an enterprising and visionary individual who believed in empowerment through education. 

The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart are a cornerstone in the establishment of education for all, right across Australia, and beyond.

The work of Good Grief is an integral part of the Sisters’ 150 legacy.

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