Family forum means the world to those grieving a workplace tragedy

Driving to the family forum I begin to reflect on the weekend ahead: who I will meet for the first time; who I will get to see again; my confidantes; the people I trust; the people that “get it”.

I can already feel the tension easing from my shoulders. My neck begins to relax, my breathing deeper, relaxation takes over. Around the bend I go, down the windy path. I’m home.

Home for a weekend with my Threads of life family.

We all have the same pain, the same ache in our hearts. It binds us to each other in a way no one else could ever understand. We are each others’ strength.

The weekend passes much too quickly. Hugs and tears, goodbyes til next year.

It is our weekend of hope. Our time for each other. To laugh, to cry, to reflect, to remember, to be angry, to be sad, to heal. It means the world to all of us. Til we meet again my friends…

The Atlantic Family Forum was held in June in Nova Scotia. Three regional family forums each year offer family members a chance to learn healthy coping skills and to spend time with others who “get it” – who have lived a similar experience through workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Family Forums will also be held in Ontario and Saskatchewan this fall.

The generous support of sponsors and donors means many families can attend their local family forum at minimal cost. For information on registration or to find out how you can support this one of a kind event, please contact us.


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