Here are seven key insights for building resilience in the face of loss, including how we can begin to practice them in our daily lives as we navigate our journeys through grief.
Pets are important to many people, including our staff! They have a significant impact on our lives. They can lift our spirits and make us feel better both physically and emotionally. We’d like you to meet some of the furry friends, past and present, who’ve been supporting our staff over the years.
by Tera Colville – In June of 2021, we all gathered to celebrate Father’s Day and our father’s birthday for the weekend at our parents’ home in the Haliburton Highlands. When Jamie left for his work week that Sunday, we hugged him and told him we loved him, not knowing we would never see him alive again.
Have you been thinking about attending a Threads of Life Family Forum for the first time, but can’t quite decide? We know, the idea can be a bit intimidating. But you can take comfort in the fact that we design the whole weekend to make you feel at home as much as possible.
Compassion can change lives. With registration open now for Steps for Life 2024, it’s compassion for Canadian families that is driving walkers, fundraisers, sponsors and donors to get involved. For all the reasons so many people participate in Steps for Life (fun, exercise, networking, prevention), compassion is at the core. We’d like you to meet one of the families you’ll be helping.
If you were looking for a clear sign of the relationship between Threads of Life and the Alberta Construction Safety Association, you’d find it on the back of every Steps for Life t-shirt in that province. But the relationship goes much deeper.
Community engagement – what does that mean? How does one step into a volunteer role of this nature? Anton Voronin is a Community Engagement Volunteer with Threads of Life, in addition to being one of the Steps for Life planning committee members in Winnipeg. Anton began volunteering with Threads of Life in 2022 and took on the dual roles of planning committee member and Community Engagement Volunteer when he learned more about the organization and the families served, through an invitation from a professional colleague and his own research.
“Larger than life”. That is how most of Colton’s friends andfamily have described him since he unexpectedly left this world. He lived his short life to the fullest and is remembered most for his kind andloyal heart, gentle and dedicated spirit, his fierce love of friends and family, and his larger-than-life attitude and presence.
I extend a warm invitation to a 90-minute workshop, Write Me A River which holds the promise of opening the door to gentle transformation. In this quiet space, we’ll explore the power of constraint, limiting our answers to easy ones. Using playful and curious prompts, we’ll allow currents of sensory writing to flow onto the page. Then we’ll use words as “seeds” for insight.
When you’re grieving, you’ll often hear “time heals.” But is it true?
by Threads of Life founders Shirley Hickman, Executive Director and Sharon Freeman, Coordinator
When Tim Hickman died in 1996 and Amanda Peat in 2000, there was no support system for our families. Sha-ron and Shirley were connected to each other through the common need to prevent other family members from having to live in similar situations. The seeds of Threads of Life were started while we worked with various government agencies and community organizations. Since then, we’ve come a long way. Where will we be 20 years from now?
At Threads of Life, volunteers are the heart of our organization. Volunteers touch everything we do. All our programs, services and events are only possible because of the commitment of over 350 volunteers. This International Volunteer Day, we’d like to say thanks to each of them.