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THIS WEEK, CatholicCare Melbourne and the Good Grief organisation co-hosted the opening function of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) 2016 conference and presented the updated Seasons for Growth resources.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Seasons for Growth, the innovative grief and loss education program which uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief and aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of program participants.
Written by Professor Anne P Graham and built upon J William Worden’s theory of grief, Seasons for Growth is evidence based, and many external evaluations over the years have continued to affirm the program and its continuous contribution to the lives of people who have participated in it.
Renowned children’s illustrator Stephen Michael King, and Adelaide artist, Jacob Logos created the artwork for the new third edition of The Children’s and Young People’s Program. Both books and journals were showcased at the conference this week.
In the ACGB Conference opening ceremony at Melbourne’s Bayview Eden Hotel, Kerry Stirling, CEO of Good Grief, and Fr Joe Caddy, CEO of CatholicCare, spoke of the strategic partnership – formed between their organisations in 2015 – to deliver a unified and integrated ministry supporting individuals and communities.
By uniting, both organisations are strengthening their commitment to assisting all members of the community who are living with the effects of change, loss and grief.