Family Forums

What is a Family Forum?

Family Forums bring families affected by a workplace tragedy together to share, network and, ultimately, heal. At this special event, spouses, parents, siblings and close friends gather to learn coping skills for grief, active listening skills, tips on how the occupational health and safety system works, self-care, and so much more.

Upcoming Family Forums – 2021

Threads of Life hosts three regional Family Forums across Canada. For more information on the forums, including registration information, click on any of the following links. Please note that workshops and forum activities are only available in English at this time.

Atlantic Family Forum – for families in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador

Central Family Forum – for families in Ontario and Quebec.

Prairie & Western Family Forum – for families in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

2020 National Virtual Family Forum – With the COVID-19 pandemic, we weren’t able to gather in person in 2020, but we came together online! Thanks to all those who joined us online for our first-ever Virtual Family Forum, and thanks to our generous sponsors and donors who made it possible. We hope to be able to gather in person again in 2021. In the meantime, stay tuned for our plans for online workshops for those affected by workplace tragedy.


Group of people at Family Forum
“Making the decision to attend the family forum was a first step in acknowledging my need to grieve. I received a quick call back from Threads of Life and was linked to another family who experienced a similar loss and were a great listening team. They reassured me in my journey for support and to find something meaningful for my Dad.”
first-time participant, 2013

With our thanks …

The Family Forums have brought comfort and learnings for many families facing the outcome of a workplace tragedy. Thank you to our Family Forum sponsors for helping to make these events possible!

Thank you to our 2019 Regional Family Forum sponsors:

Want to know more about the Family Forums?

If you’ve been personally affected by a workplace tragedy and would like to learn more about the Family Forum, please contact Karen Lapierre Pitts, Manager – Family Support at, or phone 1-888-567-9490.