Some of our schools and colleges offer Seasons for Growth, a program for children, young people or adults who have experienced significant change or loss. Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. Participants in the program examine the impact of changes such as death, separation, divorce, and natural disaster upon their lives, and explore how they can learn to live with and grow from these experiences.
The core intentions of this program are the development of resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing. The program is educational in nature and does not provide therapy. It uses the imagery of the four seasons to illustrate that grief is cyclical, not a linear journey with a clear end.
Trained “Companions” facilitate small groups where participants share their experiences, and support and learn from one another. Peer support is a key element of the program, and confidentiality is strongly emphasised.
Good Grief has developed a program to support students who have experienced natural disasters.
"Storm birds are believed by the aboriginal people of different continents to foreshadow coming storms by their calls or behaviour. There are many eyewitness accounts of birds and animals migrating before seismic waves, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, thereby remaining unharmed by these catastrophic events. Western science does not accept the idea of a “sixth sense”, believing instead that animals and birds have more highly developed, but known, sensory perceptions that pick up vibrations or changes in atmospheric pressure or magnetic fields to foretell coming catastrophes in a way that humans are not able to. Nonetheless they remain unable to explain within the framework of known forms of communication the everyday extraordinary behaviour of starlings in synchronised flight.”
Rebecca Anweiler Artist
The STORMBIRDS program is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. Children and adolescents need the opportunity to examine how natural disasters, such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and drought, have impacted on their lives.
STORMBIRDS provides an opportunity for each participant to integrate the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and to cope with the changes brought about by a natural disaster. This takes place within an atmosphere of like-to-like peer support.