two women hug with man looking onWhen confusion or loneliness strikes, sometimes all we need to hear is: I get it. I understand.

For Threads of Life family members, their Volunteer Family Guide is often the first chance they have to talk to someone who truly understands what they’re going through—especially at the holidays when treasured traditions are forever changed in the wake of a workplace tragedy.

After her son Luke died, Patti experienced that sense of connection and understanding when she talked with her Volunteer Family Guide. Patti told us “I jumped at the chance to talk to another mom. The first time I spoke to my VFG, I felt very comfortable. She listened to me. She knew the feelings. She was very compassionate and she was always honest with me. As each and every stage of the horrific ordeal came up, the honesty was definitely welcomed. She gave me strength and courage to get through. With those anticipated phone calls every week or two, I knew I wasn’t crazy with all the thoughts and fears I have.”

Our Volunteer Family Guides are individuals who have experienced their own workplace tragedy and later go on to receive highly specialized training to support other families in their healing. Since 2005, we have trained 65 Volunteer Family Guides who have offered peer support to families across Canada. Even though Threads of Life is a club no one wants to join, we want to make sure that each and every new family who reaches out to us gets the support they need. We’re training 12 new volunteer family guides in 2019—and we’re asking for you to join us in helping families find connection after a workplace tragedy.

Would you be willing to make a Giving Tuesday donation to support families on their journey to healing?

Emma Morris

Emma Morris

Emma Morris is the content specialist at Threads of Life. She is a digital storyteller, non-profit communicator, and self-care researcher.
Emma Morris

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