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Introduction to CINDEA

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.

We are committed to the unfolding development of the wholistic Pan-death Movement, including Death Midwifery (which largely parallels Birth Midwifery) and related death-care roles/practices.   Clarifications of these roles, and what they are called, is in its infancy — therefore, we have offered definitions of several alternative death-care roles, and we support the networking of various kinds of end-of-life practitioners.   Our site also provides comprehensive dying and death resources — some conventional, though mostly focused on those that are less well-known.

Throughout the site, you will see the word "pan-death" frequently used: it is our way of simply saying "across the whole of the spectrum of dying and death care" (before, during and after death).

We invite you to read through this site and hope that you will find what you are looking for.   We welcome your questions, feedback and participation in refining and promoting this significant mission at contact us.

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General Membership in CINDEA

Changes to the Society Act now allows us to accept general members of CINDEA, and we welcome you to contact us about becoming a general member.   Membership is $20 per year.   We welcome those who are generally interested, as well as DWENA practitioners.

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Navigating this Site

Further clarification of the CINDEA site as a whole can be found at our site map, which includes full headings of each pages' sections.   A futher page on Greening Death is planned for the near future.

A quick summary of the CINDEA site is always available on the left menu or through the site map,
or you can search this site for any word or phrase.

CINDEA itself   Home      Organization of CINDEA      Site Map      Search this Site      Contact us
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Preparation for End-of-Life (EOL)   Advance Care Planning      Post-death Care and Home Funerals      Greening Death
Resource Information and Links (including required legal paperwork for each province/territory)  

Resources in Canada — Pre-death      Resources in Canada — Post-death     
Resources Elsewhere (U.S.A, U.K, etc.)
      Resources — Books, Movies, & Documentaries

To contact us or be added to our mailing list   Contact us

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Upcoming Events

for further information, see the CHPCA website

Upcoming DWENA Workshops


The "By My Own Heart and Hand" workshop is primarily for families/friends considering doing a home funeral for their loved one.    It also serves as a 'hands-on' practicum for those already, or considering, studying to be a Death Midwife or Home Funeral Guide: however, it is not a complete training for either of those roles.

You can find more information on this workshop (with photos of past ones) at "By My Own Heart and Hand"

This workshop will be followed by a Bedside Singing workshop, in Peachland as well, on Sunday May 29th morning.   More information on the theory and uses of Bedside Singing at En~chanting Beyond.


Ritual Healing For Living and Dying, practical skills workshop series by Soul Passages primarily in Calgary, Alberta April to November 2016 (series includes 4 workshops Preparing for Death: Healing Rituals for Individuals, Death Undoes Us: Rituals for Family and Close Friends, In Loving Hands: Rituals for Family-led Body Care, and Community Ceremonies: Officiating Funerals and Memorials)

Funeral Alternatives: Reclaiming After-Death Care
RSVP Free Public Lecture and Workshop (see
Facebook page )
Sunday April 17, 2016 2:00-4:00pm
Mills Hardware, 95 King Street East Hamilton, ON, L8N 1A9

Caring for a loved one after death can be environmentally sustainable, inexpensive, meaningful, and community-building! Learn how to care for a deceased love one at home, including laws and regulations in Ontario, after-death body care techniques, and natural burial options.

(Documentaries and Discussion on Dying and Death)

Films from the Parlour Documentaries and Discussion on Dying and Death — once a month in Victoria, B.C. — contact us for film, date and location

Soul Passages Film Presentation & Discussions periodically in Calgary, Alberta contact Sarah for film, date and location

Die-ologies Film Presentation & Discussions periodically in Warkworth or Cobourg, Ontario — contact Barb via her website for dates and locations for films and discussion nights

Recent Events

Canadian Press article goes viral

Death midwives and workshops on how to handle a corpse: DIY funerals bring back 'ancient' process
Proponents of the burgeoning home funeral industry say it's a cheaper, more intimate experience that can help loved ones with their grief.    Multiple titles and copies National post version

Third By My Own Heart and Hand —
basics in home funerals
” workshop

CINDEA and Journeying Beyond co-sponsored the second“By My Own Heart and Hand — basics in home funerals” workshop that took place in Powell River on January 29/30, 2016.   The event included an evening showing of “A Family Undertaking” and discussion, and a full-day workshop the next day — which included ‘hands on’ practice in post-death care, and a review of both the required paperwork and the general timeline of ‘what is done when’.

Washing the legs



Watching 'A Family Undertaking' on Friday night

This introductory workshop is primarily intended to help families in preparing for, and planning, a home funeral.   However, it is also an opportunity for alternative death-care practitioners to better understand the basics of a home funeral, as it might relate to the experience of their future clients — as well as being the practicum for Beyond Hospice and other students.

Further workshops are being planned for the west coast, but also available via Skype in other areas of Canada — please contact us if you are interested in arranging a workshop.

CINDEA 's "Post-death Care At Home" video series

CINDEA now has a series of 5 short separate"Post-death Care At Home" videos on our Post-Death Care and Home Funerals page — including Moving the body; Washing the hair, face and mouth; Washing the body; Dressing the body, and Closing the eyes and mouth; and Moving the body into casket, or Shrouding the body.    We also have an updated PDF on Post-death Physical Care (available for download just below the video thumbnails) — which includes detailed step-by-step instructions on 'how to', as well as a list of supplies required.

These videos and instructions — as well as the General Timeline PDF (including legal paperwork required) — are intended to support families/friends in caring for their own loved ones at home after death.

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Seven Ponds (embracing the end-of-life experience) interview with Pashta MaryMoon, by Juniper Quin — Why is Death Midwifery Important?
   Part I: What is a Death Midwife?   What services does a Death Midwife offer?   You’re the co-founder of CINDEA: the Canadian Integrative Network of Death Education and Alternatives.   What is the purpose of CINDEA?    What is the Slow Medicine movement?   Tell us about your personal journey to become a Death Midwife: your experiences, inspiration, teachers.   Why is Death Midwifery important?
   Part II: By My Own Heart and Hand — Basics in Home Funerals workshop.   What is a home funeral?   What topics and skills are covered in the workshop?   Is there any pre-requisite for attending?     How do you see the role of the Death Midwife in facilitating community cohesion?
   Part III: When you facilitate home funerals, do you find that the family members who could prepare a body after death are interested and willing to do so?   Do you encounter any squeamishness?   If so, how do you navigate through that?   Do you have any recommendations for people to communicate their desire to organize a home funeral to other members of the family who may be resistant to the concept?   Why do you think there is such a taboo around death in our culture?   What is the greatest challenge you face in your work?   How do you envision the practice of Death Midwifery evolving over the next 10, 20, 50 years in North America?

Vital Conversations: Dialogues on Living and Dying webinar replay Dialogue with Kim Adams and Pashta MaryMoon from CINDEA on National Healthcare Decisions Day in the US and National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada — on What is the Pan Death Continuum and Why is it Important?    This YouTube version (a second interview) also had technical difficulties, but not as many of the original; and Kim and Pashta were able to have a much more in-depth conversation.   You can request notices on upcoming webinars through Vital Conversations: Dialogues on Living and Dying Well.

Post-Death Care at Home as Extended Caregiving, written by the co-directors of CINDEA  for the Caregiving Matters website — see "Caregiver News", under the categories "Financial & Legal", "Funeral Planning", "Grief & Loss", or "Remembering".


"DIY Funeral Care: Family-directed Post-death Care and Funerals (often called ‘home funerals’)", written by the co-directors of CINDEA  for the Canadian Funerals Online website.

The field of alternative, wholistic death care is still very new in Canada, and its terminology is still evolving.  Here are two articles on the eHospice website which offer differing opinions:

"Defining the Role of the Death Midwife", written by the co-directors of CINDEA.

"What is Death Midwifery", written by Cassandra Yonder.

Death Midwifery in Canada is a podcast interview with Pashta MaryMoon, by Lynn Thompson, the radio host of "Living on Purpose" (web link).

Recent Canadian news

"Death Becomes Us" — three-part series by CBC Ideas radio show (2014-5) — new approaches to death, including home funerals, green burials, etc. Part 1 Part 2 and Part 3 (almost an hour each)

Urban Death Project: A case for composting your dead body: CBC News — Several weeks after bringing the body to be composted at an Urban Death Project facility, the mourners would return to collect some of the resulting soil 'to grow a memorial garden or plant a tree.' — May 04, 2015

Westwood’s funeral services given the OK: George Westwood is allowed to continue his volunteer funeral services to Haida Gwaii — permission from BDC Consumer Protection, after they threatened him with charges — May 19, 2015

How death midwives are changing end-of-life care: CBC1 radio Day 6 interview — April 25, 2015 — transcribed version

The rise of the death doula: Counselling, forgiveness rituals, at-home funerals — death midwives provide end-of-life spiritual care for the secular [Macleans magazine] — March 15, 2015

A Soft Goodbye [Alberta] How a death midwife helped the author and her family grieve the loss of a cherished relative — February 23, 2015

‘It Takes a Village to Die Well’  [Alberta] Death midwife seeks to reclaim death as relational, 'soul' experience — January 15, 2015

'Death doula' session and more at Surrey Skill Share Fair in Surray, BC — October 2014

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Mission Statement

CINDEA (Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives) has been created to:

  provide information and educational resources, focused on a broad spectrum of options throughout the pan-death process (before, during and after death),
  promote pan-death options that are more natural, personalized and/or ecologically-responsible,
  support the networking of those who offer related services in Canada, and
  encourage the acceptance of death as a natural part of the cycle of life,

in order to integrate all of the facets of the pan-death process.


Vision Statement

CINDEA's purpose is to:

  support the modern movement to re-integrate death into the 'cycle of life' in a healthy way within our culture
  inform the public of existing options for the pan-death process that they may not be aware of
  encourage the expansion of pan-death options which are less institutionalized and more personalized to the values of the Death Journeyer and their family
  support all the required elements of 'dying at home' (including at-home after-death care), as well as encourage care facilities to make more personalized options available within their facility
  encourage the integration of services available before, during and after death
  support the developing movement of Death Midwives, and establish a process to recognize Death Midwives who offer pan-death services in Canada — as well as other alternative service providers who offer more specialized services within the pan-death process
  encouraging the networking of pan-death service providers, and public accessibility to them
  support options for natural death, Green Burials, and other ecologically-conscious 'end of life' practices.

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Mailing List for CINDEA  Updates

If you wish to be put on our mailing list for occasional updates on CINDEA' s development, or notification of workshops and presentations, please contact us.   Updates go out once per season.

If you no longer wish to receive these updates, please let us know and we will remove you from the list.
Be assured that we will not share your contact information with anyone without your permission.

CINDEA is now on Facebook — with updates as they happen.

CINDEA is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance based in the U.S., but with international alternative death-care practitioner listings.    

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Last updated July 2015   © CINDEA  (To use more than a brief extract, please contact us for permission.)