FamiliesConnect through Online Workshops

If you or a loved one are affected by a work-related tragedy, FamiliesConnect Online Workshops offer a chance to learn healthy coping skills, alongside others who’ve been through a similar experience. 

Each workshop session is led by a grief counsellor, Threads of Life staff member or skilled volunteer. There will be practical tips and information specifically tailored for those dealing with a life-altering workplace injury, occupational disease, or workplace fatality. Participants are free to share as much or as little of their own experience as they feel comfortable doing. 

Workshops are offered at no charge, thanks to the support of Threads of Life’s partners and funders. 

Registration is first-come, first-served. Seats at each workshop are limited, so if you register and find you cannot attend, please notify us. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please call 1-888-567-9490 or email contact@threadsoflife.ca

Upcoming workshop sessions you don’t want to miss…

How Does Your Garden Grow? with Michele Desjarden - June 21

June 21, 2023 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)

How Does Your Garden Grow? Let’s talk ‘dirt’! Whether you are an experienced gardener, just starting out or wanting to start, let’s talk ‘dirt’ on June 21, 2023 and celebrate the first day of summer at the same time. Some of the topics we will explore are…
…who gardens?
…what is gardening?
…where do you garden? Or want to?
…what kind of gardening?
…how to start and tips from other gardeners (you!)?
…when to garden?
…why garden? This is the biggie!
Please come ready to share major successes, epic fails, least favourite plant, most favourite, share garden wisdoms and your questions. Photos, websites, gardeners you follow and books would be most welcome.

Michele is a farm kid who never grew up. Her love of growing things started early with sticking an orange seed into a pot of dirt. It grew. Her lifetime passions for plants, animals and art now fill her retirement days; summers in the garden, winters in the art studio.


Journey to Self - Yoga and Wellness - July 19

July 19, 2023 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)

In this workshop we will work through a gentle healing yoga flow to release stagnant energy from the mind and body. As well as learn healing techniques that can help to remove emotional blockages. Learn tools that will assist you in the journey back to self.

Morgan Story is a certified yoga instructor who gained her 500h certification in 2015. She has furthered her yoga education by taking some additional certifications including Yoga For seniors, Reiki level 1 and 2, among many other workshops. She has recently opened up her own Yoga Studio in Guelph Ontario called Karma Yoga Studio. Morgan also helps certify yoga instructors, teaching the courses on Meditation, Ayurveda and Seniors Yoga. She has a strong passion for self care and teaching it to others.


Resilience... even when the very worst happened - August 16

August 16, 2023 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)

When a loved one dies suddenly or is injured and perhaps disabled as a result, we often get messages pretty early on about being strong, being grateful for the time you had, keep on living; that is what they would want you to do. What is said less is how the heck are you supposed to do that when your heart is broken, your family is in crisis, or your loved one is gone or changed forever. This talk will look at resilience and little mini steps toward how to get it if yours is depleted.

Eunice is a registered nurse and a PhD prepared social worker with a history of working in oncology, end-of-life care, and bereavement support. She is currently an Associate Professor in Thanatology and the Chair of the Department at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario. Her teaching and research focus on palliative care, traumatic grief, bereavement support, and extraordinary experiences in death, dying and bereavement. The most important things to know about Eunice are that she is the immensely proud mother of one, she is sat on with great frequency by Dany and Wall.e (cats) and she has experienced numerous losses ….as we all have….. and when she speaks about extraordinary experiences, she is also telling her story.