I awoke in such a fright! I rose straight upright in bed that morning and jumped up to look out the window. Was I too late? Too late for what? I wasn’t certain what it was I was fearing? But I watched my mom pull out of the driveway with my brother Greg next to her. I thought to myself – he was going to work again today, despite the torrential rains that had been falling for two days now.
Alex Tuff is a regular 25-year old; he loves his dog and being outdoors. However, seven years ago he had a life-changing experience. His brother, Kristopher, was killed in a workplace tragedy and it changed Alex’s future.
Threads of Life’s Volunteer Family Guides provide peer support to others who are coping with the effects of workplace tragedy. Every guide goes through intensive training for their volunteer role. They learn how to draw on their own life story to help another along their journey of healing. And they learn the importance of self-care – both for themselves as volunteers, and for the families they’re supporting. Here, our VFGs offer a grab bag of self-care ideas from their own tool kits:
Self-care is a bit of a buzz word these days. Unfortunately, lots of people are ready to dismiss it, at the very time we all need it most. If you’ve been affected by a work-related tragedy and are coping with illness, injury or grief; if you face challenges to your mental health; or if you’re simply trying to keep things balanced while you navigate the pandemic and all of life’s other currents, you need a plan for your own self-care.
These are very challenging times we are living in right now. The last three months have been difficult, to say the least, with everyone on lockdown due to COVID-19 … the invisible enemy.
While grief styles may shift for both men and women, exploring our own style of grieving can provide insight into how we as individuals need to work through the messy part and feel supported. How we care for ourselves as grievers can also give focus and attention to what we need to do for self-care.
Have you ever asked yourself ‘what does good self-care really look like?’ I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most people don’t exactly know what self-care is to them. To be honest though, it doesn’t really matter if you haven’t figured it all out yet!...
When was the last time you were stressed out? Maybe when you were paying bills, watching the news, attempting to make sense of COVID-19 or processing paperwork as a result of the loss of your loved one. Your heart starts racing, your palms get sweaty, your stomach jumps into your throat. We experience these feelings so often we don’t even recognize that we are stressed, and that our physical and mental health is compromised.
…And the envelope please! The winners in our annual Steps for Life Team Challenge have been declared. The Steps for Life Team Challenge is a fun and friendly competition for those who want to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety. This year’s winners...
Workplace tragedy turns all aspects of life upside-down. But four individuals will receive a hand in healing and taking their next steps, thanks to scholarships from Threads of Life and the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). The scholarships are being awarded to four individuals affected by workplace tragedy, who will be attending post-secondary institutions this fall.
Hope has an important role to play in health and healing. Threads of Life families demonstrate this truth.
Together making a difference…