Our new ORA Loss & Living Program is dedicated to helping individuals and groups move through grief and loss in order to lead full—and fulfilling—lives. This includes exploration into ways of creating space for conversations around grief, sharing basic information and reassurance about loss, grief and change in a non-threatening, participative way, with sensitivity to those in challenging situations.
ORA is a Maori word which means “life.” The ORA Loss & Living Program is about piecing broken fragments together to renew life.
ORA’s logo uses the interplay of positive and negative space to represent the veins of a leaf, creating channels that life may flow through. Fractured shapes and colours are evocative of stained glass, which allows the light to shine through its broken pieces. Other elements of the logo represent diversity and harmony; the asymmetric design and pointed shapes create a feeling of growth and movement. Colours range from dark green to light green representing the movement through grief and loss to the next season of renewal. The composition of the image also denotes shelter (like an umbrella overhead, or the feeling of gathering in the shade of a large tree).
A big thank you to Judy Coffin who researched possible names, designed our logo and prepared above description.
An example of an activity we organized in the past is the Loss & Living Workshop offered on March 18, 2017. We also have the Before I die project described on the ORA Loss & Living facebook page, available at https://www.facebook.com/oralossandliving/.