Each worker and family member who has been affected by a workplace tragedy is a thread in the quilt of life.
On any given workday in Canada, three people will die from a job-related fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Even one is too many.
These individuals leave behind families, friends and co-workers devastated by this tragic loss and woven together by a need for grief counseling, crisis intervention support, healthy coping skills, assistance with workplace investigations and inquiries, community building, and a common voice to help prevent other Canadian families from experiencing the same pain and suffering.
Bringing hope and healing
The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life, is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Our network of family members and corporate partners believes traumatic workplace injuries, occupational diseases and deaths are preventable.
Kristopher Tuff died working as a welder in 2013. His brother, Alex has never been the same.
This is the reality of workplace tragedy. Today, three Canadian workers will be killed on the job or die as a result of occupational disease. Hundreds will be seriously injured or made ill because of work. Thousands of families, communities, and workplaces will be affected.
Alex’s family struggled when Kristopher died. At his brother’s funeral everyone told Alex to be strong, but he was only 18. How could he be strong for anyone else when he had no strength left and he could barely breathe?
Kristopher’s death took a toll on him and Alex wanted the pain to stop. He wanted nieces or nephews; to drink a beer together; to see Kristopher in front of him. It took two years for Alex to be ready for the help Threads of Life could provide.
Asking for help did not come naturally to Alex. He was nervous and did not know what to expect. The kind voice on the phone gave him the confidence that Threads of Life could help him heal. Today Alex is a volunteer speaker, sharing his story to prevent further tragedies.
How your gift will be used
You can show people like Alex–and more than 3,200 other family members currently receiving support–how deeply you care about their loss and that you too believe that workplace fatalities, injuries, and occupational disease are not an acceptable cost of doing business.
Your gift provides families like Alex’s an opportunity to be part of a community of support and learn healthy coping skills. Family members have access to compassion and companionship through volunteers who can support them in their grief and through the many stages of the legal system. This is critical through the early years after such a tragedy — when most feel entirely overwhelmed, unequipped, and alone in experiencing this type of struggle. Support like this gives families hope.
As our families gain strength and move forward on their healing, they often look for new opportunities to help others. Your gift helps prevent future tragedies when that family member reaches out in their community to share their moving story. A young worker will hear that message and more confidently ask questions of their employer around workplace safety. Your donation will affect untold lives as families share their stories for years to come.