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What shapes our relationship with Illness, Dying, and Death | Treading Above Water

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What shapes our relationship with Illness, Dying, and Death | Treading Above Water

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

Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto invites you to join us for our new education series, Treading Above Water.  Each week throughout the month of April we will provide virtual educational opportunities to learn from subject matter experts about the difficult topic of dying and death.

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.

It is known that there is a series of systems and events throughout our lives which impact how we as individuals view and experience dying and death and our capacity to hold a relationship with mortality. 


  • Can you remember what your first experience with illness, dying and death was?
  • What/how did you learn about dying and death through this first experience?
  • How did your first experience of death begin to cultivate your understanding of death? 
  • How did your first experience of death begin to cultivate your sense of suffering?
This interactive and informative workshop will allow members to explore how our individual earliest experiences of illness, dying and death begin to shape our current relationship with them.


Presenter: Teri Henderson, MSW, RSW and Tory Hagerman, CCLS 


Teri is a master trained social worker whose expertise is in family and community health care. She has worked in oncology for decades including as Director of Community Programs at Hospice Toronto. Currently, Teri teaches Mindfulness Informed End of Life Care at the University of Toronto in the AMM-MIND program, is the Associate Director of Community Development at Gilda’s Club, and has a mindfulness-based, trauma-informed, private practice working with individuals living with life-limiting illness and their families and friends.


Tory currently holds a permanent position with Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto as the Family Coordinator and Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Within the past 13 years Tory has been working with a diverse group of children and families within clinical, community and home settings. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, Tory is passionate in providing family-centered care, while supporting the health equity and psychosocial needs of children, youth & families. Tory has extensive experience engaging children play-based learning and emphasizes inclusion and accessibility in her work.  Along with working with Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, Tory is the Communication Coordinator for the Children and Youth Grief Network. Here, as one member of the collective network, Tory is proud to have contributed to bringing accessible grief and bereavement resources to children, youth, families and professionals within the community. 
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. -Kofi Annan

Event Details

Date: April 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Gilda’s Toronto Virtual Programs
Organizer Name: Gilda’s Toronto
Phone: (416) 214-9898