"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
—Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Conversations, meditations and creative expressions have started flowing from our participants through the first session of our four-part series of Embracing Grief workshops on Tuesday evenings (offered in partnership with Vivianne LaRivière of The Art of Soul Care.)
(Artwork courtesy of Robert Hargrave)
We plan to offer this workshop again in the near future, so if you (or someone you know) might be interested, please contact Judy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please Help Spread the News!
Sharing information about grief and loss workshops with friends, family and colleagues who may be experiencing challenges makes a real difference to the wider community that ORA Loss & Living Program was designed to serve.
Spiritual Caregiving at End of Life: Beyond Traditional Formulas
Thanks to faith leaders who came out on October 25th to share their wisdom and insights about best spiritual practices for supporting those who are facing end of life for themselves or their loved ones. We look forward to expanding on this conversation in future.
New in the ORA Resource Library
This month's featured items from our resource library highlight stories about grief for children, in honour of Children's Grief Awareness Day on November 15th.
Cry, Heart, But Never Break
by Glenn Ringved (Illustrated by Charlotte Pardi)
In this down-to-earth tale, Death is a gentle stranger who knocks at the door and is invited in to sit down at the table by the children of the house. As the children try to devise a way to keep Death from taking their grandmother, Death shares a story to help them to understand the balance between joy and grief, sorrow and delight.
Bridge to Terebithia(DVD)
A touching tale of friendship between a couple of pre-teen outcasts, this movie has been described as "a faithful adaptation of a beloved children's novel and a powerful portrayal of love, loss, and imagination through children's eyes."
The Little Prince(DVD)
A fresh take on the classic tale offers a poignant reminder of the authentic gifts shared in relationships between any two unique individuals. The cinematic approach to the story within the story creates a world of visual delights and highlights the message that "what's truly essential can only be seen with the heart."
GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) is a support network that was created to help provide sources of help, compassion and most of all, understanding for families who have had a loved one die through drug use. The Montreal chapter meets on Wednesday evenings in Beaconsfield.
Experiencing grief and loss can cause a "perfect storm" of emotions and create issues which may require a deeper level of support, beyond the scope of ORA's mandate. A wide variety of support services are offered by other associations and organizations in our local community; please download the attached community network guide to learn more about other resources that may be helpful.
For information about upcoming events and new community partnerships and resources, you can follow us on Facebook, peruse our web page or subscribe to our newsletter.
If you would like to schedule an event for your group or discuss ideas about new ways to share hope and live fully through loss and grief, please contact Judy Coffin (ORA Program Coordinator) at email@example.com.
ORA Loss & Living Program is grateful for financial assistance received from the Good Samaritan Fund, Erskine American Fund, EDGE's Chasing the Spirit and Embracing the Spirit, as well as personal donations.