Dying and Death Resources
for Williams Lake and the Cariboo-Chilcotin
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Who we are: We are working to increase death literacy in the region and to help and encourage each other as we build a holistic community deathcaring network in the Cariboo and throughout rural British Columbia.
We are an emerging group connecting with others who are interested in creating a culture that recognizes and responds to death and dying in natural and meaningful ways.
We welcome end-of-life practitioners, death doulas, counselors, home funeral guides, funeral directors, hospice-palliative care workers and volunteers, nurses, doctors, artists, students and others who are exploring holistic death care ~ to join the conversation!
Everyone is welcome.
We are empowering our local communities to bring conversations about death and dying back into our everyday gatherings.
Because Talking About Death Won't make it Happen.
End of Life / Death and Dying
Businesses, Services, and Resources
Local, Provincial and Canadian
The following businesses, services, and resources are listed as a public service. Information under each listing was taken from their own websites as of April 24th, 2018.
Cariboo-Chilcotin Funeral Service
250.392.2311 / Email (Cindy)
Overview of Local Health Services from the
(Hospice palliative care is a philosophy of care and services which help relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness. Hospice palliative care does not hasten or delay death. Hospice palliative care is about access to the best possible quality of life at the end of life.)
Consumer Protection BC / Cremation & Funeral Services
Family Caregivers of BC
A Will For the Woods Interested in Natural Burial?
Co-op Radio (Vancouver)
At a Death Cafe people talk about death over tea and cake. Death Cafes happen in 40+ counties. Find your nearest here: http://deathcafe.com/deathcafes/.
Our objective is "To increase the awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." Part of this is holding regular pop-up Death Cafes, where strangers meet to discuss death and eat delicious food.
Over 5,300 pop up Death Cafes have taken place in 52+ countries.
Our local Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network holds monthly Death Cafes. You'll find us on Facebook @CCDCNetwork
The organizations and websites listed here offer a wide range of Green Burial and End of Life resources.
Green Burial / Natural Burial Resources
Green Burial Society of Canada "This society, through education, advocacy, and a certification program, was established to help all Canadians understand and recognize the environmental benefits of green burial."
Green Burial Council: "The Green Burial Council is the environmental certification organization setting the standard for green burial in North America. We offer environmental certificates for funeral homes, cemeteries, and product manufacturers."
Natural Burial Association A Canadian non-profit organization promoting natural burial, so Canadian families will have a green alternative to costly and polluting conventional burial practices. Our goals are to raise awareness through education and help open natural burial grounds to protect natural spaces.
Kudos to the folks on Denman Island who have established the first all-natural burial ground in Canada. The process from idea to opening took almost 7 years. This natural burial cemetery is limited in it's use to individuals and their families who live on the island.
The Woodlands at Royal Oak Burial Park (in Victoria BC) opened in October 2008 and was Canada’s first urban green burial site.
A Will For the Woods full-length documentary film. One man’s passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death.
End of Life Resources
A Death in Your Family from People's Law School is for people in British Columbia who want to know what to do when a loved one dies. It covers preparing for the death of a loved one, what to do immediately after the death, making the funeral arrangements, and where to find support.
CINDEA is a Canadian-based organization, which respects the wisdom of ancient death traditions and encourages the renewal of older death practices that are appropriate to our modern-day life. In the past, communities cared for their own dying folk; and creatively adapted, that approach to death is still an option available to us. CINDEA 's perspective is one of a wide range of initiatives that are drawing our culture into a deeper relationship with nature and the cycles of life and death — the modern version of "a good death" for all involved in it.
WILLOW supports you to approach your end of life planning as a robust and meaningful expression of who you are. Co-founders Reena Lazar and Michelle Pante offer coaching, workshops and in time, self-study tools. On Facebook @willoweol (In Vancouver)
KORU is a grass-roots funeral business, serving you from Vancouver and the North Shore. Ms. Ngaio Davis, the founder of KORU and Wendy Rée (on the North Shore) "provide simple and tailored cremation, burial and ceremony services that help you care for, remember, mourn and celebrate your dead. KORU is a leader, innovator, and educator in what we see as a new age of death, dying and end-of-life care. Ngaio and Wendy have a keen interest in raising awareness about local sustainably sourced and community-minded products and practices." There is a wealth of information on their website.
The Memorial Society of British Columbia is the only member-based, volunteer-driven memorial society in British Columbia. Here is the link to their page specific to Green Burials. The Memorial Society provides an excellent list of resources specific to British Columbia.
The regulating body for funeral services and cemeteries in British Columbia is Consumer Protection BC. Under a post called Grandpa's Wishes, it states that "As long as you have the permission of the landowner or local government, there are no limitations as to where ashes can be spread."
Co-op Radio (Vancouver) Death Matters Live (this links to the archive of programs) brings matters of death and dying into authentic, honouring, humourous, relevant and sometimes irreverent conversation. @deathmatterslive
Green Burial Radio Program "Helping make burial practices better serve people and the planet. Hosted by Joe Sehee, founder of the Green Burial Council."
Cassandra Yonder The BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Community Deathcaring in Canada envision a future wherein community centered deathcare is reclaimed.
Soul Passages / Sarah Kerr, Death Doula. Nature-based spiritual support for illness, death or loss.
Final Fling based in Scotland has a global reach. Final Fling is for people who like to be in control of life and death decisions. Know your options. Make choices. Leave instructions. Stay in charge. Right till the end. And meantime, live life to the full.
We're all going to Die.
If nothing else, we have that in common.
There are many practical questions to consider; there are the 'what if's' of a protracted illness, accident or a sudden death, there are legal requirements, deathbed wishes, family dynamics, decisions about ceremonies and rituals. Don't panic. There's help to figure it all out, and there is no time like the present.
Here are BC specific links to four basic documents we should all have in place.
Writing your Will
Advance Care Directive
Join us for our Advance Care Planning Workgroup
Tuesday, April 16th 5:30 to 7:30
at the library in Williams Lake
Let's keep it going.
Please let us know if you see any errors or omissions and if
there are other resources that could be included.