Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is an evidence-based change, loss and grief education program for children.

This unique and powerful program aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children dealing with significant life changes such as the death of a loved one, parental separation/ divorce, moving or friendship changes. It uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate these experiences.

Recognising the importance of parents and carers helping their children along this ‘seasonal’ journey, we also offer a support group for parents and carers while their children are attending sessions.

Seasons for Growth illustrates the different stages and feelings of grief, helping children make sense of their own experiences and find ways to move forward.

The program provides a safe space where children can give voice to their experiences, understand their feelings, learn skills, develop friendships and recognise that they are not alone.

Run over eight weekly 45-minute sessions, Seasons for Growth (Child) provides tailored, developmentally appropriate activities and discussions to help children:

  • learn how different people respond to change, loss and grief
  • understand that it is normal to experience a range of grief reactions
  • explore new approaches to dealing with change and loss in their lives
  • build communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • participate in a supportive network of peers and adults
  • integrate their new learning into their relationships with family, friends and others.

There is also a celebration session in the ninth week.

Seasons for Growth is suitable for children and young people aged six to 18 years. We run programs based on the ages of children whose families have registered interest, so that children are grouped with others of similar ages.

We require a minimum of three participants to facilitate a group.

Seasons for Growth was developed by MacKillop Family Services.


Free, but registrations are essential.


This program is for children and young people aged six to 18 years where at least six months have passed since a significant event/loss has occurred. Participants will undergo an assessment process to determine whether this program is suitable for them.

You must be an ACT resident to be eligible for our Seasons for Growth program.

Location term 3

Kingsford Smith School, 100 Starke Street Holt ACT

Program time term 3

  • Date: 5 August to 23 September
  • Day: Mondays
  • Time: 12 to 1pm

Contact us

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from parents and carers of children aged six to 12 years, for groups starting in term 3, 2024.

To express your interest in Seasons for Growth, please contact a member of our team or complete the below enquiry form:

Phone: 02 6264 0200

Seasons for Growth enquiry form