Grief

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”.

Seasons for Growth and its success in our school

We had heard some really good things about the ‘Seasons for Growth’ training so when we were given the option to do it in 2016, we jumped at the idea. We had seen a huge need to provide our students with extra support, especially in light of the fact that 3 children lost very close relatives during the year. 
 
We were surprised to learn how easy, comprehensive and straight forward the process was. We couldn’t wait to get back to our school and get started. 
 

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 Dr 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.

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