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Treading Above Water: Family Workshops

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Treading Above Water: Family Workshops

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This program is offered virtually and open to anyone who has been impacted by cancer. Membership is not required to participate.

Treading Above Water is an opportunity to learn how to process difficult information and plan the best options for you or your loved ones during a period of time when life’s waters are calm so that you will be able to keep your head above water when life becomes more turbulent and the water gets deep.

 

GCGT Workshop: When Families are Facing Cancer: Preparing a Toolbox for Challenging Times- March 10, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pm 

Join us for this unique interactive workshop, where we come together as a community and share what supports us when we are facing challenging times. Please note this session is open to families who are navigating an active cancer diagnosis.

 

When there is a cancer diagnosis in your family it can be a complex life-changing event, which many families are left to navigate together in a new profound way.  We often plan for the treatment of cancer and the impact on the family. We connect to families and friends to help us with every day; who is going to pick up the kids from school, bring meals or take me to treatment?  Do we ever plan for the potentially challenging aspects of cancer? What happens if hospitalization is required, a life-limiting diagnosis is received, or death due to the cancer diagnosis occurs?

 

We invite Parents, Guardians and adult family members who care for children under the age of 18 to join us for an open conversation and workshop on how you can build a Toolbox for these challenging times. Think about if you were creating an emergency kit for a natural disaster; you may never need to use it but perhaps one day it could be an important tool that will not just allow you to survive but thrive. We hope by discussing and planning, your family will have the ability to cope during these challenging times.

 

GCGT Workshop: When Families are Grieving: A conversation on navigating grief- March 18, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pm 

This session is specially designed to support families with young children and youth, who are grieving the loss of a loved one from cancerLosing one to cancer is a complex life-changing event, which many families are left to navigate together in a new profound way. Grief is not a linear event, nor are the coping styles and mechanisms of one individual familyThe loss of a loved one may create a shift in family dynamics, and what worked one day for families, may now have been adapted and changed within the family unit

 

We invite Parents, Guardians and adult family members who care for children under the age of 18, to connect and share with one another, what works best for their individual family as they navigate their world of grief and begin healing

 

We are a diverse and multicultural community; however, we share a common bond of experiencing a significant loss from cancer. Please join us for a conversation around diverse families, how they process their grief and share with others tools that are helpful for your family in navigating your grief as a family. 

Presenter Description: 

Tory Hagerman, BA, CCLS,  currently holds a permanent position with GCGT as the Family Coordinator and Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Tory has spent the last 12 years working with a diverse group of children and families in both clinical, community and home settings. Along with working with GCGT, Tory is the Communication Coordinator for the Children and Youth Grief Network. As a CCLS, Tory is passionate about providing family-centred care, while supporting the health equity and psychosocial needs of children and youth. Tory has extensive experience engaging children in play-based learning and emphasizes inclusion and accessibility in all her work.    

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