For families in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador

Open laptop sits on table. Screen reads ​We’re holding space for you! We know it’s important for families affected by a workplace tragedy to come together and make helpful connections with others who understand. It isn’t yet safe for us to gather in person, so this year, Threads of Life is hosting the Atlantic Family Forum online. The Atlantic Virtual Family Forum is designed to offer families support, hope and find ways to cope with a workplace tragedy. We are grateful to offer families a place to explore the impact of the workplace tragedy that has affected their own lives and that of their loved ones. 

We know there are many challenges that lie ahead for families who are living with a life-altering injury, occupational disease, or work-related death. Lives are forever changed. It is not an outcome or journey anyone would expect to be on — leaving many families feeling frustrated and very alone. By attending the Atlantic Virtual Family Forum, you may gain a greater understanding of your loss and its impact, some new strategies for coping and healing, and a whole network of others who have had similar experiences–people who “get it”. It may be helpful to find out how others cope when the worst has happened, or simply have time to breathe and focus on your own needs to figure out where to go from here.

We hope you can join us on May 28-30, 2021.  The weekend will begin Friday evening at 6 pm Atlantic time with our Reflections Ceremony. Community members and families will come together to honour lives forever changed. Over the next two days (May 29-30), families will attend workshops to explore a variety of topics including music therapy, taking a vacation from grief, noticing the negativity bias, and embracing spirituality.

We look forward to connecting with everyone this year; welcoming back those families who have attended past family forums and also warm greetings to the families who will be joining us for the first time. 

You can find more information on our website, including a full schedule of events and how to register. Families in all other provinces will be invited to join in the Central Virtual and Western Virtual Family Forums later this year. 

Karen Lapierre Pitts
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