“He is always with me.”

Health and Safety: Faces Behind the Statistics, Geraldine & Greg WheelerSix days into his job as an ironworker at a Northwest Territories diamond mine, 27-year-old Greg Wheeler’s work platform collapsed and he fell to the ground. He died instantly.

Grieving may be a private process for some, but not for his mother Geraldine. Telling stories about Greg keeps him alive in her heart. “He is always with me,” says Geraldine. “I need to share my memories and my feelings. I need to talk and laugh and cry.”

Geraldine is now a member of the Threads of Life Speakers Bureau in Newfoundland. In addition to the Speakers Bureau, Geraldine has been a Threads of Life volunteer family guide and active supporter of the annual Corner Brook Steps for Life event.

“I will always be a bereaved mother who misses her son more than words can say, but I survive. I do my best to help others who are grieving and I also commit to being a voice in promoting workplace safety.”

Read more of Geraldine’s story on page 2 of the Winter 2007 newsletter and in Forget Me Not, a Threads of Life book of family stories available at www.threadsoflife.ca/forget-me-not.

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