Introduction to 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 is still
an option available to us. CINDEA
's approach 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.
are committed to the unfolding development of
the 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, both conventional and less well-known.
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).
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
clarification of the CINDEA site as a whole
can be found at our site
map, which includes full headings of each
pages' sections. Pages on Post-death
Care/Home Funerals and Greening Death are planned
for the near future.
quick summary of the CINDEA site
is always available on the left
menu or through the
or you can search
this site for any word or phrase.
second By My Own Heart and Hand
basics in home funerals workshop
Island, January 23/24, 2014
us for further information or to register
the workshop will be limited to 13 participants
My Own Heart and Hand
basics in home funerals workshop
and Journeying Beyond co-sponsored
My Own Heart and Hand basics in home
that took place in Vancouver and Surrey
BC on September 13-14, 2014. 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.
to Move the Body using only a Bedsheet
introductory workshop is primarily intended
to help families in preparing for, and planning,
a home funeral. However,
it was also an opportunity for other 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 two BC Beyond
Hospice students. Many
thanks to the evolving BC lower-mainland
community for helping to organize this workshop.
Further workshops are being
's "Post-death Care At Home"
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.
videos and instructions as well as the
Timeline PDF (including legal
paperwork required) are intended
to support families/friends in caring for their
own loved ones at home after death.
is now listed on the Canadian
Virtual Hospice website under "Books,
Links, and More", then "Death and Dying",
then "Online Resources", with this text:
Integrative Network for Death Education
and Alternatives (CINDEA)
Description: CINDEA provides
education and resources throughout the 'Pan-death'
process (before, during,
after death). Information
about death midwifery, advance care planning,
greening death, post death care and funeral
homes is provided.
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".
Funeral Care: Family-directed Post-death Care
and Funerals (often called home funerals)",
written by the co-directors of CINDEA
the Canadian Funerals Online
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:
the Role of the Death Midwife", written
by the co-directors of CINDEA.
is Death Midwifery", written by Cassandra
Midwifery in Canada is a podcast interview
with Pashta MaryMoon, by Lynn Thompson, the radio
host of "Living on
(Canadian Integrative Network for
Death Education and Alternatives) has been
information and educational resources, focused
on a broad
spectrum of options throughout the pan-death
process (before, during and
pan-death options that are more natural, personalized
the networking of those who offer related
services in Canada, and
the acceptance of death as a natural part
of the cycle of life,
order to integrate all of the facets of the pan-death
purpose is to:
the modern movement to re-integrate death
into the 'cycle of life' in a healthy way
the public of existing options for the pan-death
process that they may not be aware of
the expansion of pan-death options which are
less institutionalized and more personalized
to the values of the Death Journeyer and their
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
the integration of services available before,
during and after death
the developing movement of Death Midwives,
and establish a process to recognize Death
Midwives who offering pan-death services in
Canada as well as other alternated
service providers who offer more specialized
services within the pan-death process
the networking of pan-death service providers,
and public accessibility to them
options for natural death, Green Burials,
and other ecologically-conscious 'end of life'
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