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Reflecting back and looking forward together

Reflecting back and looking forward together

The past couple of years have provided us with several unique challenges. Join us for a discussion about what the future holds for you and for Threads of Life. The pandemic has challenged us in many ways, yet we know our own resilience. We are survivors and have learned how to live with the unexpected. The lessons we learned while dealing with a life-altering injury, occupational disease or the outcome of a traumatic death have changed us. We had to set new goals for the future.

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Who am I away from the grief?

Who am I away from the grief?

In January of 2020 I wrote about how the 10-year mark after my husband’s death was more than just an anniversary date. Fast forward to almost two years later and I am finally starting to piece together what moving forward and away from the grief looks like for me. This is just my own words and my own feelings as I try to walk this ever-changing and ever-moving road we call grief.

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FamiliesConnect: Join us from your own living room

FamiliesConnect: Join us from your own living room

The FamiliesConnect Workshop Series continues to grow as more families sign in each month. The flexibility of an online session is unparalleled — especially as a newcomer to Threads of Life. Choose to engage as little or much as you like, camera on or off, type in the chat. FamiliesConnect workshops offer you a chance to get to know the volunteers, families, and staff behind Threads of Life, from the comfort of your own home.

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Steps for Life – Committee Volunteers Needed

Steps for Life – Committee Volunteers Needed

Steps for Life walks take place in communities all across Canada – raising funds in support of programs and services and raising awareness of Threads of Life and the importance of workplace injury prevention. All our Steps for Life walks are planned and organized by volunteer committees. We are seeking volunteers to help plan Steps for Life in various communities across Canada.

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He Made People Happy: Perspective on a grief journey of 29 years

He Made People Happy: Perspective on a grief journey of 29 years

Twenty-nine years ago on July 17, 1992 at the age of 24, our son Donny (only mom and dad could call him “Donny” and to everyone else it was “Don”), was snatched from our lives in an instant. He was employed for five years in a wire rope facility and was operating a high speed winding machine, winding cable from a large spool onto a small one when the incident occurred.

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The gift of last words: Letting go of the questions and grabbing hold of love

The gift of last words: Letting go of the questions and grabbing hold of love

​I never cease to be wonderstruck when life events have a thread of miraculous woven through them. Two such events occurred at the birth of my two beautiful daughters. Then on a particular April 20, a third miracle occurred when I was blessed with a son. David came into the world with a mop of dark hair, big hands and big feet. Have you ever had a puppy with large paws and knew they would grow up to be a large dog? When I saw the size of David’s hands, I knew he would grow up to be a large man. And when I saw the size of David’s feet, I knew it was going to be hard to find shoes that fit him.

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What is a Volunteer Family Guide?

What is a Volunteer Family Guide?

I never imagined I would have my world turned upside down like this. How am I supposed to get through this? No one truly understands what is happening here. I need to talk with someone who actually gets it.

When your life has been turned upside down by a workplace injury, illness, or fatality, it can often feel like no one truly understands where you’re at or what you’re facing.

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What will be your legacy?

What will be your legacy?

Alex and Kristopher were tied at the hip as brothers. They had great birthday parties, attended fun wedding dances; they roughhoused and goofed around as brothers do when they are young. Alex wanted to do so much more with Kristopher when they got older. He wanted road trips, beers, nieces and nephews. But, Kristopher died in a workplace accident and that future Alex wanted was lost.

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