“It wasn’t even his fault.”

Health and Safety: Faces Behind the Statistics, Elizabeth & Terri-Lynn StewartWhen Terri-Lynn Stewart started her summer job as a road construction flagger, her employer assigned her to sites in Moncton. When the employer moved her to a construction site on the Trans-Canada highway, her mother Elizabeth felt the spot was too dangerous. “Don’t worry about that,” Terri-Lynn said. “Only the good die young. You and I have a long time yet.”

“The thing is,” says Elizabeth, “we didn’t.”

Terri was struck and killed by a stopped van that had been rear-ended by another driver. The van’s driver was a neighbour one street over from the Stewarts. “He’s never been the same,” says Elizabeth, “and it wasn’t even his fault.”

Inconsolable at first, Elizabeth eventually found solace and support through Threads of Life. We help families of workplace tragedy along their journey of healing by providing unique family support programs and services, such as one-on-one peer support, regional Family Forums, a Speakers Bureau, and Steps for Life community walks that take place across the country.

Read about Elizabeth and Terri-Lynn in Forget Me Not, a Threads of Life book of family stories available at www.threadsoflife.ca/forget-me-not.

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