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C-TAC Member Spotlight: Grief Advocacy

It was shortly after a dear friend’s death from AIDS over 20 years ago that our Founder, Sarah Hines, began her journey into caring for those facing death and those living with deep grief.   For 10 years she sat bedside with families as they witnessed and grieved the loss of their person. This could only be magnified by her immersion into the death of children.  It was in the deep injustice of dying children that she came into a new understanding.

 “It was profoundly meaningful that in times we would consider the most unimaginable, that we are able to find glimmers of beauty, cracks of light and nourishment in our tears. It was also where I surrendered to the idea of just how fickle grief can be and just how important it is for grief to become part of us.”

This is the seed of our organization. 

If each of us experience grief in our own way and if organizations want employees to bring their whole selves to work, we need to teach leaders how to support their employees when they are grieving.  We need to reduce the significant feelings of isolation, guilt and shame that are often found at this intersection of work and grief.

Supporting organizations in creating grief inclusive cultures means we need to be scalable without losing the core idea of meeting each person where they are. So we have developed online programs that include 1:1 Coaching, we customize our workshops to our clients employee experiences and we support leaders in one one one engagements.  Some of our Program include:

  • Grief Awareness & Communication
  • Covid & Grief – a Story of Love and Loss
  • Organizational Grief Inclusivity Training
  • Grieving while Leading
  • Workplace Grief Support Groups

We are so excited to be part of the C-TAC Coalition because bringing consistent care at End of Life is what gives families the space to fully engage in these final moments with their loved one.  To give their grieve the room to be honoured by everyone.  We need to trust the policy makers and processes in order to fully be present.  It is an honour to stand in support of C-TAC and their mission.

Imagine sitting in those final days and living inside the magnitude of what you are part of.  That you, of all the people, are here to witness the final moments of a life.  Knowing that your life will never be the same again, because of it. Unfortunately, it is heartbreaking to see the operational side of death push aside this meaningful presence.”

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