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.