What is Seasons for Growth?

Seasons for Growth is a suite of programs developed by Good Grief to support children, young people and adults to effectively work through change, loss and grief in their lives.




The program uses the metaphor of the changing seasons to assist children, young people and adults in their understanding of the grief process following significant change or loss such as:

Recognising that Winter is necessary to live through; without Winter, Spring does not blossom and Summer never happens!
  • Loss of a family member
  • Relationship breakup
  • Unemployment / workplace change
  • Illness
  • Disability
  • Loss of a pet
  • Family member in prison
  • Mobile lives

Developed in 1996 by the Sisters of St Joseph and inspired by Mary MacKillop's example of reaching out to the vulnerable and giving them hope through her compassion, mercy and strong sense of justice, the program acknowledges loss and aims to build resilience and promote the social and emotional wellbeing of grieving individuals as they adapt to changes in their lives.

It made me a stronger person and made me believe in myself more.



For more information about the program, visit the Good Grief website.



In the Hunter region, the Catholic Schools Office and the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle have supported this program since its development.


The Children & Young People's program is provided through most Catholic, and many State and independent schools across our region. If there is no program running at your child's school, or you would like more information, please contact us to locate a group near you.


Stormbirds® is a small group program that provides the opportunity for children and young people to examine and process how natural disasters such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and earthquakes have impacted on their lives.
Teachers, professionals and volunteers can undertake the one day training to equip them to facilitate this program. Training is provided free of charge in areas of need after natural disasters. Please contact us for information about this training.



The Adult Program is regularly offered across the diocese and includes:

  • A seminar 'Understanding Change, Loss and Grief' that is suitable for individuals or organisations who wish to deepen their general understanding of the nature and impact of change, loss and grief on their lives or for others they support in the community.
Thank you - I only have words of appreciation. I feel in a better position to face changes and grief for myself and to help others.






  • A small group program 'Exploring the Seasons of Grief' for individuals who are grieving.
It is such a gentle way to explore losses and issues... I have used these skills over time to cope with different situations.
It's ok to grieve in your own way. Autumn and winter will eventually become spring and summer.
Breaking down the grieving process into manageable sized pieces and slowly working through them, really helped me gain a better understanding of the process.
  • The Parent Program offers parents the opportunity to explore ideas and strategies that might assist in supporting their child(ren) through the changes happening in their family. Two types of groups are available to help parents whose children are dealing with separation/divorce or  bereavement.  Discussions will include: 

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Conversations will focus on what the experience of separation and divorce

is like from a child or young person's perspective.


I was reminded of the importance of spending time with my kids.
I gained a lot of confidence in myself.
I will make sure I communicate more with my children about the changes in our family.


Our aim is to enable individuals to achieve resilience and new hope by making the program available across the diocese.


View our Calendar for upcoming adult program dates or contact us.


Please visit the Change, Loss & Grief page for general information, resources and useful links on change, loss & grief.

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