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Resources in Canada Post-Death Page

As pan-death alternatives are a very new development in Canada, we have only listed those which we are aware of.We hope to be able to eventually provide links to specific information for each of the provinces and territories.If you are aware of an alternative death-care service being offered in your area, please let us know at contact us.   Information on the actual pan-death process (what/when/where/how) is covered under the Post-death Care/Home Funerals page.

One of CINDEA's mandates is to bridge the gap between pre-death and post-death services services that are rarely directly connected.We recognize that we are enforcing that gap by offering pre-death and post-death resources on separate pages of this site.However, it was necessary to avoid the Resources in Canada pages from becoming too long.We hope that you will consider both the pre-death and post-death pages when looking for resources to plan your end-of-life affairs.Alternative death-care providers are listed in the brighter blue text.

CINDEA has a formal recognition process for Death Midwives, Death Doulas/Thanadoulas, and Home Funeral Guides.    CINDEA-recognized Death Midwives are acknowledged by the symbol to the right.  

Please contact us if you wish to be recognized in any of these roles on our CINDEA Recognition page.



Table of Contents for Canadian Resources

(click on any of the headings or sub-headings below to jump to that section)
(For pre-death resources, click here)

Throughout the pan-death process

Death Midwifery and related services
   

CANADABritish Columbia


Primarily during/post death care

At-home Post-death Care & Home Funeral Guides
    CANADA
British Columbia Nova ScotiaOntario
   
Legal Information and Regulations
  CANADA
by Province and Territory
   
Further Post-death Care Information
    Funeral Consumer InformationInstructional Videos/Films
Other Useful Information
   
Funeral Celebrants

CANADA
Alberta     British Columbia     Ontario       Quebec

 
Natural/Green Burials (including Green Cremation, ashes spreading, burial at sea, etc.)
  CANADA
AlbertaBritish ColumbiaOntario
Additional more Natural/Green-friendly options for Remains
   
Eco-friendly Coffins/Shroud/Urns
 
Funeral/Memorial Poems
 
On-line Memorial Services
   
Grief/Bereavement Counselling or Services (including infant and child deaths, and teenager bereavement support)
    CANADA
by province and territory

 



Throughout the Pan-Death process

Death Midwifery offering direct and integrated support to Death Journeyers and their families from terminal diagnosis, through dying process, and to funeral/memorial and bereavement

CANADA

CINDEA — Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives see the Death Midwifery page for for a description of the Death Midwife, and the other services focusing on one specific facet of the pan-death process (Death Doula, Home Funeral Guide, Funeral Celebrants) Email:contact@cindea.ca

Death Midwifery Canada — support egroup for those involved in some aspects of the development of Death Midwifery in Canada (contact us to subscribe)


British Columbia

Journeying Beyond — Victoria Death Midwifery and related services Email: contact@beyonds.ca or phone Pashta MaryMoon (250) 383-4065; phone or Skype consultation also available

 

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Post-Death


At-Home Post-Death Care and Home Funeral Guides — 'Home Funerals' may involve keeping the body at home after death, or returning it there from a hospital, hospice or long-term care facility (which is legal in most provinces); washing/dressing/etc. the body; and having viewings/wakes/vigils at home, as an option to using a funeral home

General

Home Funeral Directory — Canada and U.S.A. listings of Home Funeral Services by province/state


British Columbia

Journeying Beyond — Victoria Death Midwife services offering pan-death (before, during and after death) education and support to families, including Home Funeral and Funeral Celebrant services; as well as Advance-care Planning consultation, particularly comprehensive Advance Directives and Representation Agreements.     Pashta MaryMoon is available by phone, email or Skype for consultation   Phone: (250) 383-4065  Email: contact@beyonds.ca and Facebook page


Nova Scotia

Beyond Yonder — Cape Breton Home Funeral Guide services Cassandra Yonder is available by phone, email or Skype for consultation   Phone: (902) 929-2578Email:beyondyonder@deathmidwifery.ca


Ontario

Funeral Alternatives — Hamilton 'End of Life' and Home Funeral Guide services supporting families before, during, and after a death; and in saying good-bye, in whatever ways they find most meaningful.   Rochelle Martin is available by phone or email for consultation   Phone: (905) 746-3074Email: funeralalternatives@gmail.com and Facebook page

Barb Phillips — Cobourg — Thanadoula services offering pan-death education and support to families for Advance-care Planning, Home Funerals, and Funeral Celebrant services.   Barb Phillips is available by phone, email or Skype for consultation  Phone: (705) 924-3763  Email: whisperingpinesstudios@gmail.com

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Legal Information and Regulations

CANADA

Vital Statistics — Death Certificate
Funeral Boards — links and/or contact information for most provinces
Canadian Consumers Handbook — re funerals and links to each province/territory's branch
Directory of Chief Coroners in Canada — all provinces and territories
Deaths in the Community or Long Term Care Institutions — study on all provinces and territories

by Province and Territory      
[Note 1: we have included links for Consumer Protection Services and the office of the Coroner or Chief Medical Examiner, because they may be the best source of information for choosing to do post-death care yourself
including whether or not a permit is required to transport your deceased loved one.]  
[Note 2
: if you choose to deal with post-death care at home, including all documents/forms
given that our culture is used to having a funeral home formally deal with things, such as Registration of Death you will need to clarify to your Vital Statistics office that you are not using one and ask for the forms that the funeral home would usually address.   Ask for a supervisor at the Vital Statistics office, or someone who knows the law regarding not using the assistance of a funeral home.]

Alberta Government "Dealing with Death", Registration of Death
Death Certificate
, and
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
British Columbia Government pages on "Dealing with Death", Expected/Planned Home Deaths,
Notification of Expected Death in the Home, Registration of Death and Death Certificate,
Consumer Protection info re Funerals
(including information on burying on private property), Consumer Protection Information for families who do not plan to use a funeral home & Private Transfer Permit (of deceased) info (second last bullet), Consumer Protection contact info,
Funeral Service Association, and
Coroners Service
Manitoba Government "Dealing with Death", Registration of Death
Funeral Board
(including clarification that you don't need to use a commercial Funeral Home #5),
Death Certificate
and How to apply,
Consumer Protection contact info
, and
The Role of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office
Newfoundland/Labrador Death Certificate, and
Coroner's Service
New Brunswick Death Certificate, and
Coroner Services
North West Territories Government - Death Registration, Talking About End of Life Care Booklets (several pdfs, including Traditional options),
Death Certificate (direct pdf download), and
Coroner's Service
Nova Scotia What to Do When Someone Dies,
Death Certificate
, and
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Nunavut Death Certificate, and
email for Office of the Chief Coroner
Ontario What to do when someone dies (info),
Funeral Board PDF Brochures
(which include information re non-funeral home options) or Arranging and Pre-arranging a Funeral: What You Need to Know Booket (direct pdf download), Funeral Board FAQs (including clarification that you don't need to use a funeral home),
Death Registration — Statement of Death, Death Certificate and How to Apply, and
Coroner's Office
(Ask for or download 1. Warrant to Take Possession of the Body of a Deceased Person, and 2. Warrant to Bury the Body of a Deceased Person)
Prince Edward Island Death Certificate, and
Coroner
Quebec Government re general death information, What to do in the event of Death (including a pdf guide to death issues),
Death Certificate
, and
Office of the coroner
(we couldn't find the English version, but you can google the page and have it translated)
Saskatchewan Government "Dealing with Death", Further information on Death,
Registration of Death, Death Certificate,
Consumer Protection
, and
Office of the Chief Coroner
Yukon

Government Death-related services,
Death Certificate
, and
Coroner's Service

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Further Post-Death Care Information

Canadian Funeral Consumer Information

Funeral Consumer Alliance Canada — information on memorial societies and other organizations offering clarification of the funeral industry

Canadian Funerals OnLine Guide and Directory of providers information (by province and territory) on funeral homes and the funeral industry
Canadian Consumer Handbook Funerals general information re the funeral industry


Instructional Videos/Films

Home Funeral Videos Archive videos on various elements of Post-Death Care/Home Funerals
Natural Transitions video overview of Home Funerals. as well as other resources
Washing the body — YouTube video, thanks to Beyond Hospice [Note: Muslims also have several YouTube videos on washing and shrouding the body]
Moving the Body — YouTube video, thanks to Beyond Hospice
A family Undertaking film for education on Home Funerals
Shrouding the body — Thanks to Immarama
How to Wrap a Body in a Shroud Thanks to EHow


Other Useful Information

ComfortDying extensive information on end-of-life, death and dying (including a long list of books on the subject)
Institute of Traditional Medicine Toronto, Ontario Contemplative 'End of Life' care training (click on "Contemplative End of Life Care program' under 'Explore Our Programs in Detail Below', to get a pop-up page on basic details of the program)
Dying Consciously Program/Teachers directory of teachers in Canada, as well as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, U.S.A, and the U.K.
Dying into Love — website of free and paid videos focused on 'conscious dying', or 'personal healing while dying' (vidoes by Ram Dass, Joan Halifax, Dale Borglum, Bodhi Be, and others as well as articles, mediations, etc.)

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Funeral Celebrants — provide a funeral, memorial or celebration-of-life service that is highly personalized, to honour the personality, lifestyle and beliefs of the person who died   [Note: many Death Midwives and Home Funeral Guides also offer Funeral Celebrant services as part of their pan-death services.]

CANADA

Canadian Funerals On-line — general information on Funeral Celebrants, low-cost funerals, etc.
Finding A Celebrant — hosted by In-sight Books, Inc. — gives names, contact info and short bios for Funeral Celebrants in 5 countries (and by province or state).Many are Funeral Directors, but may have additional training in personalization of funeral/memorial services.
Best Celebrant — locator for Funeral Celebrants in various countries and provinces/states/regions
Celebrant Foundation and Institute locator — for Funeral (and other) Celebrants in Canada and U.S. See also the Funeral Celebrants page
Certified Celebrants Association of Canada — "Our Celebrants" on left menu for those available in Ontario


Alberta

Soul Passages — Calgary integrative, personalized ceremonies to navigate the natural endings and transitions of life both during 'end of life'/pre-death, and for funerals/memorials.  Contact Sarah Kerr via Email: sarah@soulpassages.ca  or  Phone: (403) 289-2230


British Columbia

Journeying Beyond — Victoria Death Midwifery and Advance-care Planning services, including personalized funeral/memorial services.    Contact Pashta MaryMoon via Email: contact@beyonds.ca or Phone (250) 383-4065; Skype consultation also available

Sandra Ollsin — Victoria and Vancouver Island offering Funeral Celebrant services and information.Contact Sandra Ollisin at Tel: (250) 592-7544 or Email: sandra@funeral-celebrant.com also see Sandra's "Between Worlds: Communication Perspectives of Female Funeral Celebrants in British Columbia An interactive, multimedia presentation"


Ontario

Remember Network — Toronto creative funeral/memorial services support to develop them where and how the family wishes.  Contact Kory McGrath via Email: info@RememberNetwork.ca or Phone (905) 441-2445.Kory also offers Home Funeral Guide and Elder Planning Counselling services.

Julie Keon Ottawa city and valley Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant specializing in funerals/ end-of-life celebrations/ memorials one-of-a-kind, personalized, memorable ceremonies.   Contact Julie Keon via Email: julie@juliekeon.com or Phone (613) 646-9912


Quebec

Voluntas Commemorations — Montreal creative alternative to traditional Funeral Services (related to Remember Network) Email: scote@voluntas.ca

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Natural/Green Burials — burials that don't include embalming the body, any non-biodegradable parts to the coffin, cement grave liners, etc.The body is allowed to return to the cycle of life, and the graves are usually maintained as a reclaimed indigenous eco-system. [Note: a full body burial at sea is also a 'green' burial, but logistically prohibitive and expensive in Canada. See 'Burial at Sea' below.]

CANADA

Natural Burial Cooperative — Toronto — Information on Natural/Green Burial grounds across Canada and elsewhere
Green Burial Council — developing eco-friendly end-of-life rituals; protecting the legitimate benefits of environmentally sustainable deathcare; and using burial as a means of acquiring, restoring, and stewarding natural areas; registry of certified Funeral Providers, Cemeteries, and Cremation Disposition Programs for the U.S. and Canada
  Finding a Provider (Green Burial Sites, Green Funeral Homes, and Approved Products) Please note: listings for provinces and states are by alphabetical order
The Natural End Map — connecting families with funeral directors, cemeteries and service providers offering simpler, more natural end-of-life options. Find a provider (by province/territory) through the left menu 'search' function
Natural Burial Association (of Canada) — association to further the development of Green Burial grounds in Canada
Novaterium.com — directory of Green Burial grounds across the world, including Canada
Canadian Provincial Laws Re: Green Burial Policy (by Forest of Memories)
Forest of Memories — government policy development on natural death/burial in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico
Funeral Consumers Alliance — list of memorial societies in Canada
Burial at Sea information on logistics for a full body burial at sea (rather than cremains) courtesy of Carnell's Funeral Home


Alberta

Hodych, Anastasia Disturbing Ground: A Socio-environmental Model for the Green Cemetery — in Manitoba, University of Manitoba, Department of Landscape Architecture, MLA 2004.Email: ahodych@scatliff.mb.ca


British Columbia

Royal Oak Burial Park, The Woodlands — Victoria — and Green Burial Victoria, offers Green Burials (as well as 'hybrid burials', which use a cement liner on top of the grave, but otherwise natural/biodegradable materials) — the first Green Burial ground in Canada
Memorial Society of B.C. — working on a range of green burial options, as described on its website.Contact: Ellen Le Fevre, Executive Director, Memorial Society of BC, 212-1847 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1Y6;Tel: (604) 733-7705; Email: elefevre@telus.net


Ontario

Cobourg Union Cemetery Eco Burials — Cobourg Union — offers Green Burials (the first in Ontario)
Meadowvale Cemetery, Natural Burial Section Brampton — offers Green Burials
Green Burials Yahoo group — focusing on the development of Green Burials sites in Ontario and elsewhere

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Additional Natural/Green-Friendly Options for the Remains (green embalming, outdoor funeral pyres, scattering/burial of ashes, etc.) — more to come as it becomes available

CANADA

Resomation or Aquafication (bio-cremation, by dissolving) — check Transition Science Inc. for more updates

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Eco-friendly Coffins/Shrouds/Urns

Doing It Yourself
6 Designs for Shrouds — written and graphic instructions (by CINDEA)
Last Things: Alternatives at the End of Life blueprints and instructions for making your own coffin
WikiHow How to Make a Coffin blueprints and instructions for making your own coffin [Note: it would need to be revised to be used in a Green Burial ground — no paint, metal,etc. — nothing that isn't biodegradable]
Shelves for Life blueprints available for a bookcase (usable during life) that reassembles into a coffin
How to Build Your Own Coffin — coffin blueprints (PDFs) or fits, variations for Green Burials
 
Products and Supplies
Casket Outlet — your rights re purchasing a casket in Canada
First Nations Casket Co — Manitoba — made with various woods, but no metals
Northern Casket — Ontario — made with wood or cloth without metal — urns also available
Natural Burial Products — U.S.A., and available in Canada — coffins catalogue shipped directly to clients in U.S.A. or Canada
Eco-pod — U.K., and available in Canada — distributor for North America is the Natural Burial Company, Oregon
Natural Funeral Company — Australia, and available in Canada — Eco-Weave casket (from bamboo) and other products — 71 Colin Shaw Lane, Ponsonby 1011, Auckland
Eco-coffins/caskets — Britain, and available in Canada — pine wood
Green Burial Council Finding a Provider (under 'Approved Products' at bottom — caskets, urns, shrouds, etc.) Please note: listings including products available in Canadian provinces, but are listed in alphabetical order by business name.

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Funeral/Memorial Poems

Elegant Memorials — poems for various family members
En~chanting Beyond — death poetry page
Eulogy Speech — grief poems and eulogy verses from various well-known poets
Famous Poets and Poems — for funerals/memorials
Funeral Etiquette — information/links on poems, liturgy, etc. for various kinds of religious (and other) funeral/memorials
Funeral Poems — see left-side menu
Funeral Poems — by relationships
Next Gen Memorials — poems for funerals/memorials
Verses 4 Cards — non-religious funeral/memorial poems

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On-line Memorial Services
Note that many newspapers now offer on-line memorial services if an obituary is placed in their paper, although you may need to specifically ask for it.Some Funeral Homes may also provide this service.

On-line Memorial Services make it possible for family members and friends
especially those who lived at a distance, and/or were otherwise unable to attend the funeral/memorial to share their memories, and celebrate the life, of the person who has died.Those listed below are only a sampling of those available free of charge.Others are easily Googled; and for a small charge, offer a more extensive website tribute, the ability for family and friends to add tributes, and/or maintenance the site for at least a year's time or more.

Buddhist Space Imorial Parting Wishes
Forever Missed Life Memory Respectance
Gone Too Soon Last Memories Valley of Life
I remember you Much Loved Virtual Memorials (free trials)

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Grief/Bereavement Counselling and Services (see also Canadian Hospice/Palliative Care and check if your local Hospice has grief counselling available)

CANADA

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association see Directory for Provinces and Territories choose youir province under 'Province' and 'grief counselling' under 'Counselling Approaches'
Canadian Centre for Bereavement Education and Grief Counselling 49 Gloucester Street, Toronto, Ont. Educates professionals who are working with the dying and the bereaved as well as providing counselling services and resources for those who grieve. Telephone: 416-926-0905
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (pastoral counselling) also resources/directory for provinces
The Centre for Grief Journey wide range of books, videos, meditations, discussion forums, and seminars for grieving people -- including a online support forum called Among Friends
Canadian Mental Health Association Branch locations — across the country — many branches offer grief/bereavement support
Theravive Therapist Directory — listings by Province and cities (check individual listings for grief/bereavement or end-of-life counselling)

Hospice International list of hospices in Canada (by province) most of which will have grief/bereavement support programs

   
  General Grief/Bereavement Resources
Canadian Virtual Hospice Gallery — under Grief and Loss — articles and videos, as well as discussion forums for the grieving
Room 217 Foundation Resources & Links — excellent list of resources for various end-of-life concerns, including grief/bereavement
   
  Specially for grieving teenagers
Bereaved Families of Ontario — Kingston branch — is sponsoring forums and online chat rooms specifically for teenagers dealing with grief, that are not limited to Kingston area residents.
   
  Specifically for the deaths prenatal, stillborn, infants or children
Baby Steps Infant Loss
The Compassionate Friends (when a child dies)province chapters — offers support in the grief and trauma which follows the death of a child, no matter the age or cause
CLIMB (the Center for Loss in Multiple Birth), Inc — International group, including Canadians — providing support for all who have experienced the death of one or more of their twins, or higher multiple birth children, at any time from conception through birth, infancy and early childhood.
Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime
Theravive — Overcoming Loss And Death, Grief Counseling plus directory of therapists for Canada by Province (includes U.S.A. by state as well)
A Heartbreaking Choice supports women who have made the "Heartbreaking Choice" to terminate a much wanted pregnancy — includes Canadian resources under 'Local Counselors and Support Groups' (do a 'find' for Canada — local groups in Mississauga, Ontario: Wednesday's Child; North York, Ontario: North York General Hospital; Vancouver, British Columbia: Empty Cradle)
   
  And other concerns
Canadian Centre for Pet Loss Bereavement (CCPLB)
 
Pet Loss Bereavement Yahoo egroup

by Province and Territory

Alberta Canadian Mential Health Association Alberta branches, and Calgary Region general therapy, grieving, or suicide bereavement
Alberta Health Services re Grief support and Grief Support Program,
Lethbridge Family Services,
Primary Care Network re grief services (see below for further resources throughout Alberta)
Red Deer Hospice ‘GOOD GRIEF’ – SUPPORT GROUP,
Alberta chapter of Compassionate Friends
British Columbia

Canadian Mential Health Association B.C. branches,
Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC information, counselling and referrals where necessary,
BC Bereavement Helpline,
Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society,
Mission Hospice Society Bereavement Support & Resources, Prince George Hospice Society Bereavement & Grief Support, and North Okanagan Hospice Society Grief and Bereavement Services,
BC chapter of Compassionate Friends

Manitoba

Canadian Mential Health Association Manitoba branches,
Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba Bereavement Support,
Manitoba chapter of Compassionate Friends

Newfoundland/Labrador Canadian Mential Health Association Newfoundland/Labrador branches, Newfoundland chapter of Compassionate Friends
New Brunswick Canadian Mential Health Association New Brunswick branches,
Hospice Greater Moncton Grief and Bereavement sessions
, New Brunswick chapter of Compassionate Friends
North West Territories Canadian Mential Health Association North West Territories branches
Nova Scotia

Canadian Mential Health Association Nova Scotia branches, and
GriefNS — society of grief/bereavement counsellors, for various areas in Nova Scotia

Nunavut (nothing that we could find)
Ontario Canadian Mential Health Association Ontario branches,
Bereavement Ontario Network — diverse group of organizations and individuals (both professionals and volunteers) addressing grief, bereavement, and mourning

Bereaved Families of Ontario — regional/local "affliliates" in peer and crisis support in grief
AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario — counselling (and training) for multiple loss, complex grief, and ongoing transition related to HIV/AIDS, Ontario chapter of Compassionate Friends, Bereaved Families Ontario Kingston online resources (forum and chat room) for teenagers
Prince Edward Island Canadian Mential Health Association Prince Edward Island branches,
Hospice Palliative Care Association of PEI (directory of services pdf under "Bereavement")
Quebec Canadian Mential Health Association Quebec branches, Quebec chapter of Compassionate Friends
Saskatchewan Canadian Mential Health Association Saskatchewan branches,
Regina Palliative Care Services Bereavement Care,
Sask. chapter of Compassionate Friends
Yukon Hospice Yukon Society Bereavement support

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