Ecological Grief and Our Response

 In Australia, the year 2020 began with every state and territory in our country alightin the most terrifying of circumstances. Between November 2019 and March 2020, itis estimated 18 million hectares have burned throughout the country. The impact ofthese fires is far-reaching. From smoke filled cities, towns, beachside communities andbeyond, thousands of people had their health compromised due to the heavy levels ofsmoke penetrating far beyond the areas of the fires, causing anxiety, fear and genuinehealth concerns.

The Grieve Writing Project

Good Grief is proud to be a long-term sponsor of the Grieve Writing Project, held by the Hunter Writer’s Centre annually. Entrants contribute a piece of prose or poetry about grief. Born out of a desire to connect the Arts with important Social Issues in the Hunter Region, the Grieve Writing Project has grown year-on-year. The Good Grief Award is for a work about grief or loss other than death. The 2017 award went to Kathy Childs for her outstanding piece, “The Man in the Mirror”.

Companion Story - Sister Margaret Kane

Sr Margaret is one of our longest running Seasons for Growth Companions. In total, she has Companioned 64 young people and adult groups over nearly two decades. Unfortunately, her Doctor recently advised that she retire for health reasons. Good Grief thanks Sr Margaret for her dedication and selfless contribution in working towards improving the lives of others. We are sure that her community, in WA, is very grateful too. After so many years running Seasons for Growth, Sr Margaret has a lot of knowledge, experience and wisdom to pass on.

Talking to Someone who is Grieving

By Nina Watts-Carrier

People can be overwhelmed when confronted with what to say to someone who is grieving. People may think that they need to make the griever feel better, to alleviate their pain or they may avoid the person altogether because they don’t know what to say. The reality is that you are probably not going to be able to make them feel better, you cannot take away their pain and it can be incredibly hurtful to not acknowledge the person and their loss.

Keep It Simple

How is the online world changing the face of how people grieve?

By Melinda Phillips

Online experiences are now considered a normal part of life, and the distinctions that once existed between online and offline social networks are dissolving. As the online world evolves, it impacts on the range of human experience, including death and mourning.

When bereavement touches a school

By Melinda Phillips

Schools are unique and vital communities within suburbs, towns and cities across Australia.  Like all communities, relationships in schools are woven together with complex connections at a range of levels - between students, students and teachers, teachers and executive staff, teachers and families.