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Galu – Our waves of Grief|our feelings after we lose something we love

Death is part of the cycle of life, all things enter this life, and all depart this life.  This page is about our ocean of tears, our sadness and understanding the waves of grief in our lives.  Grief is a journey of learning to walk with those who have passed on beside us.


The storm of suicide|Grief after suicide

The waves of grief after suicide are stronger, bigger, and in many ways more dangerous than waves of grief we might feel after natural death.

This section looks at how grief after suicide may feel. Please remember that there is no right or wrong way to experience these feelings.  How it is for you, is unique.


Anu Tahi|Feeling swamped by waves

“Anu tahi” – is a Tongan phrase that refers to being soaked in the deep ocean, to be overwhelmed. The following page is for you if you feel like you are also soaked, and overwhelmed with has happened in your life. This page provides practical advice and ideas that may be helpful, and talks about what other people have found helpful when they have felt like they are soaked in the deep ocean.


Suriving the Afa|Surviving in the Storm

When a storm comes, we must be prepared.

This page gathers knowledge, ideas and skills for surviving in a storm. It gives ideas for what you can do to ensure that you are strong in these times.


On the vaka|Kare koe e ma’u i runga te vaka ma’ata

You are on the vaka – a place of relative safety, but in danger of capsizing, with a torn sail or broken ropes perhaps. This section is for those adults who are concerned about the young people in their lives – perhaps they are your children, your nieces nephews, someone in your church or youth group, but as an adult you have stood by and watched them struggling in these waves and have no real idea how to help.

Kare koe e ma’u i runga te vaka ma’ata. You will not get wet on a large canoe.

You are leadership in your young peoples lives.



This work is derived from Mana Moana.  Mana Moana began as the postdoctoral research project of Dr Karlo Mila. After interviewing a vast range of the Pacific community, traditional knowledge holders, Pacific clinicians and Pacific peoples with lived experiences of being unwell and healing, Mana Moana was birthed….

For the beautiful original photography – Thank you Henare O’donnell.  © Copyright 2015. Henare O’Donnell.  All rights reserved.

For the amazing, inspiring Mana Moana imagery – Thank you Johnson Witihera.  © Copyright 2015.  Johnson Witihera.  All rights reserved.

The website content was developed by Evangelene Daniela, and this website created by 4 PI.