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 [email protected]

Upcoming workshop sessions you don’t want to miss…

Do you have a grief season? with Karen - Jun 26

June 26, 2024 at 7pm Atlantic, 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific  (convert for my time zone)

Do you have a grief season? Nature is constantly shifting — for now the snow has melted & flowers are blooming. Our grief can change throughout the seasons too. As the calendar flips you may find certain times of the year more difficult. While others are looking forward to relaxing or socializing more over the summer, you may be struggling with the pressure of last-minute gatherings, taking vacation time, or attending a celebration of some kind. Each season holds its own ups and downs. You are not alone. Join us to explore ways to counteract your summer grief.

Karen has been part of Threads of Life for many years and is currently the organisation’s Family Support Manager working directly with families. Her passion to help others living with the outcome of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths is rooted in her own personal experience when her family was forever changed by a workplace fatality.


What do you do for your own self-care? with Donna - Jul 24

July 24, 2024 at 7pm Atlantic, 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific  (convert for my time zone)

What do you think of when you hear the words “self-care”? What words immediately pop into your mind? Do you hear and think any of these words: Self-care, selfless care, selfish care, self-sacrificing care, self-indulgent care. Or does your mind wonder, “What exactly is self-care?”

Join us in this interactive session as we discuss what “self-care” is, and the need for good self-care, and share our experiences of what works for us and how we practice taking good care of ourselves. For example, Self-care could be talking to ourselves like we would to someone we love. It’s understanding that self-care is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation.

We’ll learn from each other and build each other up during this self-care session.

Donna Van Bruggen lives in Central Alberta. She worked in the public health sector for many years. A keen interest in ethics provided Donna with opportunities for involvement in health ethics at local, regional and provincial levels. She is the mother of three adult children. Donna enjoys practicing yoga, going for long walks and long distance bicycle rides.

In 2012, a workplace tragedy permanently affected Donna and her family. The ripple effects of that tragedy continue to this day. Donna has since become a family member of Threads of Life, as well as a volunteer and member of the speakers bureau.


Summer Games Night with Kelley - Aug 28

August 28, 2024 at 7pm Atlantic, 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific  (convert for my time zone)

Come join us for a fun-filled summer night full of online laughter, games and friendship. We will play some fun games and share a laugh or two. Have your favourite drink and snack ready, and join in for some fun.

Kelley was born and raised in London, Ontario where she lives with her husband and two children and works as an Administrative Assistant at the Threads of Life London office. She is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you call! Kelley has a background in retail management and training and in her spare time actively volunteers with Girl Guides of Canada and the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program in London.