When you find your people, your family of support, those who truly understand what you’re going through, it can make all the difference in the world. And when you share your journey with others, it can make a world of difference to them too.
In 2017, Eugene Gutierrez and his family experienced an unimaginable tragedy when Eugene’s father Eulogio “Bot” Gutierrez, a veteran mining survey technician, on the verge of retirement, died after being struck by a piece of mobile equipment in an underground mine.
You’d think the anniversaries would get easier with the passage of time. After all, I’ve had 10 years on my healing journey to learn to cope with David’s passing.
One of the inspiring aspects of each Steps for Life-Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy event is the volunteer committees which organize each local walk. These volunteers truly walk together, and work together too, to ensure the event comes off without a hitch. The committees are also great at helping one another – sharing their ideas, successes and what they learn from one year to another.
November 12th, 1983 was our small winter wedding reception in Toronto where my husband Tony and I first met. Following courses of Italian food and moving speeches we jived and danced for everything that night, to songs Tony mixed together from over five decades. He was an audiophile and I was just discovering the depth of his appreciation for all kinds of music.
Who else knows what you’re facing after a workplace injury, illness, or death, except those who’ve also been there?
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Threads of Life. That’s 20 years of continued support for families affected by a workplace tragedy. Over the years we have met with many families and will continue to grow and develop opportunities where families can find comfort and heal.
Mental health has never had more attention than in the years since the first wave of lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anxiety, isolation, pandemic fatigue, grief, insomnia, disconnection, Zoom fatigue, depression, trauma, and substance abuse are all experiences that have been widely shared and discussed — as it seemed everyone was struggling with some aspect of their mental health.
Steps for Life sponsors come in all shapes and sizes – and every one of them makes a difference to health and safety and the lives of people affected by workplace tragedy.
Young paramedic finds help to deal with PTSD By Michael Johnson If you had asked me what I wanted to do after graduation it was a quick answer. I wanted to be a paramedic. Little did I know this decision would change my life in ways I could never imagine, for better...
Why do we cry? Scientists have been trying to answer that question for centuries. Most researchers believe that emotional tears – triggered by strong feelings such as joy, grief, sadness – are unique to humans. Crying serves as an important indication to ourselves and others about the emotions we are experiencing.
The strongest partnerships are built on a foundation of shared values and goals. Threads of Life is lucky to have many such strong partnerships. We have been working with the Ontario Petroleum Contractors’
Association (OPCA) for a decade, and are honoured to continue to build and strengthen this relationship. OPCA’s executive director Michelle Rae shared a little bit about how the partnership began and what it means to OPCA.