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…

Family Dynamics and its role in our healing journey - Oct 19

October 19, 2022 6-8 p.m. ET (convert for my time zone)

Grief is a very personal journey and we often feel disconnected from those around us. The link to friends, family and community is vital for a sense of well-being and connection. In our time together we will explore the nuances of family, their role in our healing and helpful suggestions for healthy relationships.

Karen Simmonds is a grief companion and educator whose personal journey and companioning the bereaved have taught her the importance of respecting and honouring the multifaceted needs of those who have experienced loss. Karen is now retired from clinical practice and feels privileged to continue sharing her teachings of the last two decades with others.


Tears are Welcome - Nov 16

November 16, 2022 6-8 p.m. ET (convert for my time zone)

At Threads of Life events, tissues will be available and you will hear that tears are ok. Crying provides an emotional release and tears can help to heal your loss. In this interactive session we will discuss the different types of tears, the health benefits and some ideas on how to comfort someone who is crying. Come prepared to share your ‘go-to movie’ when you need a good cry.

Marj worked for many years as an RPN both in hospital and in the community. She and her husband Brian had 4 children – David, Helen, John, and Laura. John died in a workplace tragedy in 2003. They have 3 grandsons who they take great pride in. In her spare time, Marj is an active volunteer in her community, an avid curler (until the pandemic hit!), and lover of dogs. She is also a volunteer with Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region and Threads of Life in many capacities including Volunteer Family Guide, Speaker, and Session Facilitator.


Music Expectations and Letting Go - Dec 7

December 7, 2022 6-8 p.m. EST (convert for my time zone)

Sometimes the letting-go process feels really empowering. And sometimes, we want to hold on (grip, cuddle, cling) to things. There are times to get amped up and “just let that stuff go.” But letting go usually involves other people, or hopes that we’ve carried a long time. Healthy letting go requires mindfulness. In this session, you will be guided through a process of releasing (accompanied by intentionally curated music) what you’ve been holding onto and exploring some expectations you have of yourself and other people.

Mackenzie Costron (she/her) is a Heart Centered Facilitator with Costron + Co, Certified Music Therapist and Registered Counselling Therapist practicing in the K’jipuktuk/ Halifax, NS area and online across Turtle Island/ Canada. She specializes in working with mental health, trauma, grief, loss, and bereavement, mindfulness and wellness.