The death of a loved one can be a one of life’s most difficult and painful experiences. Where the circumstances of a loss are complex, families may experience disenfranchised and traumatic grief. When a death occurs in custody, natural grief processes are often interrupted as families navigate multiple investigation processes, and the anticipation of a coroner’s inquest. Families may feel alone, and uncertain about where to turn for support or information. The Family Support Liaison program, part of the Ministry of the Solicitor General’s Correctional Services Human Rights Unit, began in March 2022. The program’s development was informed by the voices and experiences of family survivors. Shannon Palmer, Family Support Liaison, will speak about her experiences developing the Family Support Liaison program, and the work that it does to uphold the dignity and rights of grieving families.
Presented at the 2023 HSJCC Virtual Conference on November 15, 2023.
FAMILY SUPPORT LIAISON
Human Rights Unit, Corrections Division, Ministry of the Solicitor General