An Uncropped Life

An Uncropped Life

A family friend sent me a photo taken in 1983 of myself, my dad, and my mom at her mother’s 70th birthday party. I spent quite a long time looking at it. So many details to ponder. Why did I look so grumpy? Perhaps because I was 14 and most likely would rather...
Winter’s wonderings

Winter’s wonderings

Our Canadian winters are predictably…. unpredictable! We have at least three solid months of cold temperatures, ice or snow to align ourselves with. For some it is exciting, for others maybe not so much. Myself, I am looking forward to milder days. I could literally...
Grieving through the seasons

Grieving through the seasons

Audrey Stringer is a long-time workshop facilitator and friend of Threads of Life. Family members will remember meeting her at various Family Forums, where she leads sessions on grief and healing. This poem reflects her own grief journey and her unique voice. In the...
Surviving the Season

Surviving the Season

Despite the happy holiday signs we see all around us at this time of year, we remember that this is often a sad time for so many people. Maybe expectations at home and work are piling up. There could be financial pressure to buy into the holidays. Maybe an unexpected...
5 Common Threads for Grieving Siblings

5 Common Threads for Grieving Siblings

As a sister grieving the death of my younger brother to injuries he sustained on the job, I’ve spent a significant amount of time reflecting on sibling relationships – in all of their complexities – while I continue to learn how to live through and carry my own loss....