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Resources Elsewhere

These resources are from the United States, Britain and elsewhere.   They are included so that our readers may explore the Pan-Death Movement, and alternatives to conventional practice, beyond Canada.

 

Table of Contents for Resources Elsewhere

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Throughout the pan-death process
  Death Midwifery and related services
    General (directories)
 
Pre-/during death
  Music Thanatology
    General
   
  Bedside Singing
    U.K.U.S.A.
   
  Hospice and Palliative Care
    World-Wide U.K.U.S.A.
 
Death Doulas/Thanadoulas/similar roles and training
  Australia     Scotland         U.K.          U.S.A.
 
General Pan-Death Care
  Resources on Natural Dying and Death processes
  World-wide     Australia       Scotland        South Africa         U.K.
U.S.A.
Post-Death Care Providers
  Home Funeral Guides (directories for U.S.A. and U.K.)
 
Training for Home Funeral Guides
  Australia      U.K.U.S.A.
 
Further information on Post-death
  Information on Post-Death Care
   
  Funeral Celebrants
    AustraliaU.K.U.S.A.
   
  Green Burial
    Green Burial General Information
Green Burial Cemeteries
AustraliaIrelandU.K.U.S.A.
   
  Other Green Options for Remains
    GeneralU.K.U.S.A.
   
  Bio-degradable coffins and shrouds (including making your own)
    ItalyNew ZealandU.K.U.S.A.

(For Canadian pre-death resources, click here: for Canadian post-death resources, click here)

 


Death Midwives, Death Doulas, Home Funeral Guides, and related services     Each site offers resource information on natural death processes, funeral/memorial services, green burials, etc.    Some services only include post-death care/support, so you will need to check out individual providers.

General

National Home Funeral Alliance new alliance of Home Funeral (and Death Midwifery) organizations providing advocacy on the value of home funerals, green burials, etc., including member directory

Death Midwifery Live Journal — articles, discussion, etc. for those interested in developing Death Midwifery options.
End of Life Practitioners Collective developing international network and directory of pan-death practitioners
Passing Through Our Hands A documentary style video showing how families can care for their own loved ones when they die at home, by Donna Belk (Texas)
Natural Death Care Centre — an Incorporated Association and a registered Charity located in the Byron Shire, Northern NSW, Australia — offering pan-death 'Death Walker' training (equal to a Death Midwife)

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General Pan-Death Care

Resources on Natural Dying and Death processes (including 'right to die' resources)

WORLD-WIDE

The International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement The IWG, a non-profit organization, supports leaders in the field of death, dying and bereavement in their efforts to stimulate and enhance innovative ideas, research, and practice.   Vision Statement: A world where dying, death, and bereavement are an open part of all cultures

World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies founded in 1980, consists of 38 right to die organisations from 23 countries (including for Canada and elsewhere)
Death Cafe gatherings for conversation on a variety of 'death' topics (see map for how the Death Cafes are spreading across the world, including Canada)

Australia

Sacred Hunger End of Life and After Death Education and Support Services (including Death Cafe)

Natural Death Care Centre — an Incorporated Association and a registered Charity located in the Byron Shire, Northern NSW, Australia — offering pan-death 'Death Walker' training (equal to a Death Midwife)

South Africa

Final Fling South Africa excellent website on all aspects of death (including pre- and post-death elements), and finding support for a personalized Death Journey and friends experience

Scotland

Final Fling: Alternative funerals, green and DIY (home) funerals page includes links to further information

U.K.

Natural Death Centre (U.K.) "lifting the lid on dying and funerals" one of the oldest organizations in the world addressing alternative death care and options.

  Links to similar resources in the UK, Canada and U.S.A (towards the bottom)
Natural Death Handbook (U.K.) to order the new 4th edition
'More to Death' online magazine on natural death issues (see left side for editions)

Dying Matters coalition — information, regular newsletter and events on the development of death care in the U.K.; as well as a list of member organizations.   See also the Find Me Help section finding local help and support for people in the last years of life.

GoodLife,GoodDeath, GoodGrief focused on making Scotland a place where people can be open about death, dying and bereavement, including resources in Scotland, and further ideas.
Final Fling excellent website on all aspects of death (including pre- and post-death elements), and finding support for a personalized Death Journey and friends experience

U.S.A.

National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA) articles, discussion, etc. for those interested in developing Death Midwifery and Home Funeral options.
Funeral Consumer Alliance Josh Slocum, Executive Director, info@funerals.org providing education and advocacy to consumers nationwide and are not affiliated with the funeral industry (Josh is co-author of the book "Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death").
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.)
End of Life University — website of interviews with practitioners across the pan-death (and seniors' issues) spectrum, including several Canadians
Vital Conversations: Dialogues on Living and Dying Well — regular monthly webinars with practitioners across the pan-death spectrum, including Canadians
ComfortDying list of books on home funerals, as well as information on the laws for each state on at-home after-death care, etc.

 

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Pre-/during death

Music Thanatology a particular kind of music (sung or instrumental) to aid in the process of a peaceful death

General

Music Thanatology Association International overview of Music Thanatology , and including a list of associates world-wide (use search box for Canadian associates)

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Bedside Singing a variatiant of Music Thanatology, that only uses voice, and usually done by Hospice/etc. volunteers (although may be used with birthing mothers as well as dying people).

U.K.

Threshold choir Sussex see Threhold Choir locations or Email

U.S.A.

Threshold choirs listing for choirs in various States in the U.S.A., plus one in Canada, and the U.K. Email

Eventide Florida songs of hope and healing for the dying (Hospice choir coming soon) Tel: 413-625-8191 or 413-625-2082 Email
Suncoast Hospice Florida serving the Hospice in Clearwater, Florida Tel: 727-586-4432 for Email contact, visit the contact page
Morning Star Singers — Minnesota — for those dying or dealing with serious illnesses, in the Twin cities, U.S.A. Tel: (612) 721-1914 (and leave a message in voicemail box#2) Email
Harbour Singers Maine sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist church in the Southern Maine region Tel: 207-286-7678 Email:harboursingers@maine.rr.com
Journey Songs Maryland sponsored by the Sponsored by First Unitarian Society of Newton, MA 02465 Boston Area Hospice Choir contact Cindy Mapes, Email choir director for more information or nurse-liaison, at to arrange a visit
Hollowell Vermont songs for Hospice and Healing in Southeastern Vermont area and serving Brattleboro Area Hospice Tel: Kathy Leo @ 802-463-4563 Email

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Hospice and Palliative Care Services

World-wide Directories and Organizations

Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance information and directory of present Hospice organizations throughout the world listings for Palliative Care Associations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, U.K. and U.S.A.

International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care promoting Hospice & Palliative Care Worldwide, including both educational and provider resources (click on any part of the map of the world for specific palliative organizations)

International Children's Palliative Care Network working towards the rights of children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families to receive the best quality of life and care regardless of which country they live in

U.K.

Help the Hospices information on Hospices in the U.K. and directories for services elsewhere in the world

Conversation Starter Kit Pediatric Starter Kit: Having the Conversation with Your Seriously Ill Child

U.S.A.

DMOZ directory of Hospices search function for individual States, as well as pediatric palliative care

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Death Doulas/Thanadoulas/similar roles and training [Note: both may offer full pan-death services, but many focus onthe pre-death stage.]

Australia

Natural Death Care Centre — an Incorporated Association and a registered Charity located in the Byron Shire, Northern NSW, Australia — offering pan-death 'Death Walker' training (equal to a Death Midwife)

 

Scotland

Living/Dying Well Death Doula training — three levels of training available; Courses take place near in Barcombe, near Lewes, East Sussex: contact about the training

U.K.

Soul Midwives Foundation including a registry of trained Soul Midwives and training courses Email

U.S.A.

A Gentle Guide Texas Death Doula services

Isabella Geriatric Center New York Death Doula training

Shira Ruskay Centre New York Death Doula training

Sacred Dying San Francisco, CA No one dies alone' vigil training

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Post-Death

Home Funeral Guides (providing post-death support and guidance, although possibly pan-death care)

Home Funeral Alliance with a directory of providers and of trainers (primarily U.S.A. and Canadian)
Funeral Consumers Alliance with a directory of Home (and/or Family-directed) Funeral Guides (including Canadians)
The Natural End Map connecting families with funeral directors, cemeteries and service providers offering simpler, more natural end-of-life options (including Canadians)
End of Life Practitioners Collective developing international network and directory of pan-death practitioners

Training for Home Funeral Guides and related care (Note: there is no standardization of training)

Australia

Natural Death Care Centre — an Incorporated Association and a registered Charity located in the Byron Shire, Northern NSW, Australia — offering pan-death 'Death Walker' training (equal to a Death Midwife)

 

U.K.

Soul Midwife Training information on their training program

LifeRites providing Funeral Celebrants, and guidance on Post-death Care at home
Dying Consciously Program/Teachers directory of teachers in the U.K


U.S.A.

Beyond Hospice Texas Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide training, a comprehensive online training course — CINDEA provides information and support for Canadians taking this program (re Canadian laws/regulations; and in some cases, practicum experience for 'hands-on' training)

Final Passages or Final Passages (beta) — Sebastopol, CA —Training in Home Funeral Guiding internationally, handbook available
   
A Sacred Passage — Bellingham, WA— Training in Home Funerals, presentations, etc. in Washington and Oregon
Center for End of Life Transitions Asheville, NC training in 'end of life' initiatives and Home Funerals
A Sacred Moment Seattle, WA three-hour introduction, one-day general overview, or three-day intensive home funeral and green burial training courses
Natural Transitions Boulder, CO training End-of-Life Transition Guidance (levels 1 to 3)
Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death Takoma Park, MD one-day workshops in various places in the country
Guided Home Funerals LLC — Kalispell, Montana — Creating sacred spaces that saves the Environment, is Economical and Emotionally Healing
Dying Consciously Program/Teachers directory of teachers in the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the U.K.

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Information on Post-Death Care

Natural Transition-How to have a Home Funeral YouTube video overview of Home Funeral

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
Shrouding the body Thanks to Immarama

How to Wrap a Body in a Shroud Thanks to EHow

ComfortDying website with extensive information on end-of-life, death and dying (including a long list of books on the subject)

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Funeral Celebrants

Australia

Funeral Celebrants Association Australia Incorporated directory of Celebrants

U.K.

Funeral Celebrants Directory list of Celebrants

LifeRites providing Funeral Celebrants, and guidance on Post-death Care at home

Dead Good Guides offer Funeral Celebrant (and other) services, including Rites of Passage training

The Good Funeral Guide independent, not-for-profit consumer advice and advocacy service, including information on Funeral Celebrants

Final Fling excellent website on all aspects of death (including pre- and post-death elements), and finding support for a personalized Death Journey and friends experience

U.S.A.

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.A.   See also their Funeral Celebrants site

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Green Burial

GENERAL INFORMATION

Natural burial Overview in Wikipedia

Funeral Consumers Alliance a nonprofit organization, dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral, with directories for Green Burials and Family-directed/Home Funerals
Novaterium — An international enterprise identifying the environmental problems affecting the funeral and cemetery industry and explore sustainable solutions worldwide — includes general information, and directories of ecological options throughout the world.

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Green/Natural Burial Cemeteries

Australia

Green Cemeteries Information on Green Cemeteries and products in Australia

The Green Burial information on Eco-Cemeteries

Ireland

Green Cemeteries information on new Green Burial Ground in Ireland

U.K.

Natural Death Centre extensive resources for U.K., Canada and U.S A

The Association of Natural Burial Grounds list of Natural Burial Grounds in the U.K. directory
Mythic Arts listings for Green Funerals, Eco Burials and Alternative End-of-Life Care Resources
The Association of Green Funeral Directors supporting the public to find greener options, and funeral homes to offer them — directory
Natural Way Burial Scotland ecologically-friendly, affordable, personalised funerals and Green Burial Grounds directory

U.S.A.

Green Burial Council developing eco-friendly end-of-life rituals, protecting the legitimate benefits of environmentally sustainable deathcare, and use burial as a means of acquiring, restoring, and stewarding natural areas registery of approved Funeral Providers, Cemeteries, and Cremation Disposition Programs for the U.S. and Canada

Home Funeral Directory available Home Funerals (and some Green Burial options) in the U.S.A. and Canada, listed by State/Province

Cemetery Group — information about Green Burials and listing for locations in the U.S.A., and including multiple home videos of Home Funerals

Forest of Memories ' Nature preserves providing cemetery functions, not cemeteries working hard to be greener', and Memorial Ecosystems 113 Retreat Street, Westminster, SC 29693, USA Tel: (864) 647 7798 Fax: 864 647 7796.
North American Woodland Burial Society society directed at furthering woodland burials in the US.and elsewhere
P.O.V. re "A Family Understaking film on Home Funerals, and various other natural burial issues discussion guide/etc. on film under 'Take Action' (left side menu)
Eco Coffins and Earth-Friendly Funerals general information

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Other Green Options for Remains [Note: The first facilities for Promession-based funerals, known as Promatoria, are due to be ready in 2011. They will be located in Sweden, Great Britain & South Korea.   We know of no Promession facilities planned for the U.S.A. at this time.   See U.S.A. section below for first Resomation options in U.S.A. and the only outdoor cremation pyre.]

GENERAL

EHOW information on Promession (freeze-drying) and Resomation (bio-degraded with alkali hydrolysis )

Your Funeral Guy YouTube video on Promession (how it works)
Resomation Ltd information on how Resomation works (U.K. company)
U.S. Funerals On-line information on Outdoor Cremation Pyres
Novaterium — An international enterprise identifying the environmental problems affecting the funeral and cemetery industry and explore sustainable solutions worldwide — includes general information, and directories of ecological options throughout the world.

U.K.

Resomation Ltd information on how Resomation works (U.K. company)

Promession information on how it works (Note: we have not yet found any Crematorium that uses it in the U.K. — please check the website regularly for further news)

U.S.A.

Green cremation via alkaline hydrolysis (Resomation) where available in the U.S.A. and further information, including on the reduced carbon-footprint of Resomation

Matthews Cremation Division U.S.A. distributor for Resomation machinery
Crestone End of Life Project includes the only U.S.A. Outdoor Cremation Pyre, as well as offering support for family-based Post-death Care
Golden Gate Burial Services — California — full-body burial at sea, FAQs

New England Burials At Sea — East coast U.S.A. — full-body burial at sea (including FAQs about full-body burial in the U.S.A.)

The Infinity Mushroom (Decompiculture) Society    on-going development of a special mushroom-embedded death shroud, within which the mushrooms consume all of the toxins (actually extensive) in the body, creating a more ecologically-responsible form of burial; and a membership society devoted to the promotion of death awareness and acceptance, and the practice of decompiculture (the cultivation of decomposing organisms) see video on home page.
The Urban Death Project (Seattle, WA) a new, developing project to collectively compost final remains which is possible to do within an urban environment (where it is not possible to create new burial grounds), and return the composted remains to family and community gardens, parks, etc.

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Bio-degradable coffins and shrouds

Italy

Capsula Mundi — information on egg-shaped containers, made from corn and potato starch — in which the body is put in a fetal position, put in a Green Burial grave and tree planted overtop; also working on legislation to be able to use them in Italy

New Zealand

Natural Funeral Company Eco-Weave casket (from bamboo) and other products 71 Colin Shaw Lane, Ponsonby 1011, Auckland

U.K.

Eco-pod moulded (mummy-like shape) by hand from recycled newspapers

Eco-coffins/caskets pine wood caskets, world-wide delivery
GreenWoodFutures handmade willow coffins and caskets
Greenfield Creations Ltd — painted designs on cardboard coffins
Go Green U.K. eco-coffins/pods with Celtic designs
Natural Legacy — woolen coffins and ashes caskets
Earth to Heaven — hand made willow, bamboo, seagrass coffins, baskets and urns.

U.S.A.

Last Things: Alternatives at the End of Life blueprints and instructions on-line for making your own coffin
The Natural Burial Products coffins catelogue, shipped directly to client in U.S.A. or Canada
A Good Funeral Store distributor of eco-pods (made in the U.K.), coffins, urns, etc. divison of The Natural Burial Company
The Natural Burial Company How to Buy information on ordering, shipping, etc. and The Natural End Map of Green-Friendly funeral homes
Eco Coffins and Earth-Friendly Funerals general information
Final Footprint Natural Coffins and Caskets (wide range of biodegradable materials)
KINKARACO Green Burial Products including shrouds
Vale Shrouds ecological hand-made shrouds for green burial or cremation, and for pets — can be customized
Woodland Caskets pine wood caskets, world-wide delivery U.S. distributors

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