We are privileged to be able to assist our families on their journey of healing. Below are some comments from people who have visited Seasons Centre.
“We are so grateful for Seasons Centre and their wonderful staff. Our son was angry and acting out against his family in his frustrations. The activities at Seasons Centre allowed him to express his feelings and within the first few sessions we were noticing improvement. His loving and joyful personality is returning. I want to thank the staff and volunteers that work tirelessly to help these children work out their grief in a positive way.” – K.L.
“I like going to the Centre because I feel like I belong. All the kids there have also had a parent die. My dad died in an accident. I feel like I can’t talk about him with most people I know. But at the Centre when you talk about stuff, like how you feel or what you did with him, the kids there get it.” – Past Participant
“The buddies at the Centre are really fun. They play lots of games with us and sometimes we just hang out and talk. It makes me feel safe. I also like the crafts and activities we do; especially the ones that make me think happy things about my dad.” – Past Participant
“I’m forever grateful. The staff and services at Seasons Centre have been a true blessing. When my two boys lost their mother, I knew I was ill-equipped to deal with their grief on my own. Having Seasons Centre to turn to, was a godsend. It’s a tremendous comfort knowing my sons can work through all the aspects of their grief in a supportive, loving, and well-structured program like yours. Please accept my sincere thanks.” – J.A.
“My dad died when I was 6 years old. One day he was there, and then he was gone. I couldn’t stop crying everyday and had nightmares almost every night that woke up the house. I tried to talk to my friends about how I was feeling and how much it hurt, and they tried to help, but usually they didn’t know what to say. Most of the time I ended up getting very mad at them because no matter what they said, how could they get it? All of them still had their parents. Even the ones who were divorced, they could still talk to their dads – I couldn’t. I started coming to Seasons Centre after he died. It’s the best place for me to talk about how I feel. Everyone there has had someone they love die. I don’t need to explain things in detail which makes me feel worse. When I talk there the kids get how I feel. Sometimes we even make up new words for weird feelings that we get. Sappy – Sad and Happy. It has been more than three years since I have been going to the Centre and I don’t cry as much over Dad. I still have problems being alone, or being away from my family. It is getting better now, I can go on sleepovers. But still, when ever I’m happy and really having fun, sometimes I feel sad at the same time. I have learned at the Centre that this is how I miss my dad, I’m not weird, it’s just part of me and that’s okay”. – Past Participant
“Hello, I am 10 years old. Two years ago I lost my dad. He left me very suddenly. I never imagined that this would ever happen. It happened on such a beautiful day…the sun was shining and I was eight. It made me very sad when he went away. I prayed he would come back because I knew I was going to miss him very much. He was my DAD and he was GREAT! Through losing my DAD, I was fortunate to find my new friends at Seasons Centre to help me along the way. Seasons Centre has been a very special place for me and my mom, and for many other children like me. We may all have a different story to tell but we have all lost someone we love very much. Losing someone we love hurts…and getting through it is hard. Let me share with you a poem:
Grief comes in one size…Extra Large.
If We tuck it away in the bottom drawer
where it never sees the light of day,
it remains exactly the same.
On the other hand,
if we wear it, feel it, talk about it,
and share it with others,
it is likely that it will become faded, shrunk and worn,
or will simply no longer fit.
When grief has served its purpose,
we are able to recognize the many gifts we have gained.
Maybe they are not stars in the sky? But rather openings where our loved ones SHINE DOWN to let us know they are HAPPY!” – M.S.
“Group has helped me not to be sad all the time, and when you are sad to do something that helps like draw a picture or look at a picture of my mom.” – Past Participant