How we started

"Grief is hard work – exhausting, isolating, disorientating and overwhelming. It is a healthy reaction to loss. But, in order to reinvest back into one’s life one has to process what has happened, how it happened and what does that mean moving forward. The more that children and youth are able to process through at the relevant time, the greater their resilience and sense of self as they go into adulthood…Lighthouse facilitates that."

Jo Fallon, Co-Founder of The Lighthouse.


Jo Fallon started The Lighthouse for Grieving Children in 1999 with Marg Humphrey, on the principal that within each of us is the innate ability to heal. The Lighthouse gives children the sense of self back at a time when their lives have been turned upside down and inside out. There isn't a finish line with grief which is why families stay at Lighthouse for as long as they need to, which is typically 18 months.


From humble beginnings, Lighthouse has grown to over 250 children, teens and families in 2016. The Lighthouse moved to its new permanent home at 2522 Rebecca Street in November 2016. This new home will enable Lighthouse to support double the number of families and become a children's grief resource and training centre for the region.

"How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty?
If felt encouragement of light against its being. Otherwise, we will all remain too frightened".
- from "The Gift" poems by Hafiz

In this TED talk the Lighthouse founder Jo Fallon explains her reasons for creating The Lighthouse.