Living in Colour is a unique, abortion-specific, grief and loss course. It is a faith-based program that employs a gentle approach in the hope that those who take the course will find the support, structure and healing they need.
Dr Theresa Burke coined the phrase “forbidden grief” to describe the sadness and pain felt by many women following their abortion decision. This pain is seldom confined to the loss of a child: many also lose relationships, self-worth and hope for the future. These losses must be grieved and, as with all grieving journeys, this involves processing emotional responses such as relief, denial, guilt, shame, depression, anger and forgiveness. The post-abortive woman also needs to allow herself to “know” her child in order to say “goodbye for now.”Many women discover that their healing journeys teach them many life lessons that contribute to the increased strength of character, wisdom, vision and hope. The final chapter of the program celebrates the process of emerging from the “grey zone” of unresolved loss into a life of colour, freedom, and joy.