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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 or supply being offered in your area, please let us know; contact us by email.   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 reinforcing 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.

  Symbol for CINDEA-recognized death midwives.   Please contact us if you wish to go through the recognition process — see our CINDEA Recognition page.

also has a 'training options' PDF
including programs (or singular courses) in Canada (usually 'in person'), and online (but not necessarily Canadian) that are accessible for Canadians interested in the alternative death-care field.   CINDEA can provide the Canadian component (ex. Canadian laws/regulations) and support for Canadians taking any non-Canadian online training program.

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)

Primarily during/post death care

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

Alberta     British Columbia     Ontario       Quebec    
Nova Scotia    Saskatchewan

Natural/Green Burials (including Green Cremation, ashes spreading, burial at sea, etc.)
AlbertaBritish ColumbiaOntario
Additional Natural/Green-friendly options for Remains
Saskatchewan       Quebec
Eco-friendly Coffins/Shroud/Urns
  Doing It YourselfCanadian-based Products/Supplies/Info
Products and Supplies from Elsewhere
Funeral/Memorial Poems
On-line Memorial Services
Grief/Bereavement Counselling or Services (including infant and child deaths, and teenager bereavement support)
by province and territory



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


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

CINDEA Post-death Resources — Canada — listings for Home Funeral Guides and Death Midwives, and Funeral Celebrants
Community Deathcare Canada — Canada — 'find a listing' (Death Doulas, Home Funeral Guides, Death Midwives, etc.) and present committees
Virtual School for Community Deathcaring Canada 10 module online program to pre/post death issues and support


Edmonton Home Funerals Edmonton licensed interfaith minister, dying and death guide, home funeral guide, and life-cycle celebrant (including funeral and memorial services).    Consulting, educating and advocating culturally nurturing death practices.    Kathleen Miller Email or Phone (780) 695-8685 and Facebook page

Roxanne Walsh — Calgary Certified Funeral Celebrant, End of Life Guide, Educator and Author of the books Planning for a Good Death, User’s Guide and Workbook.   Contact Roxanne Walsh by Email or Phone (902)-293-2423 Facebook
Soul Passages Calgary death and dying guide, home funeral guide, and funeral celebrant (for ceremonies both before and after death -- including grief)Free introductory video lessons and for-pay courses about pan-death issues.   Sarah Kerr Email or Phone 403-289-2230 and Facebook page

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     Email or Phone (250) 383-4065 and Facebook page

Healing Through Ceremony Gabriola Island — End of Life Funeral and Grieving ceremonies (and other rites of passage) healing-focused counselling, as well as a knowledge of the practicalities of a home funeral.   Contact Michele Fire-River Heart at online

Nova Scotia

Beyond Yonder — Cape Breton home funeral guide services and Community Deathcare education Cassandra Yonder is available by phone, email or Skype for consultation   Email or Phone (902) 929-2578

Death Matters Halifax home funeral guide and funeral ceremony services (including pre/post-death 'celebration of life') as well as spiritual and personal care directives and on-going support for 'exit planning', regular 'end of life'-related film night, Death Cafes and development of green burials Deborah Luscomb and Dawn Carson are available via email or Phone (902) 403-7590


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   Email or Phone: (905) 746-3074 and Facebook page

Barb Phillips — Cobourg — thanadoula and life-cycle celebrant 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   Email or Phone (705) 924-3763
Brigid's Balm — Smith Falls — thanadoula providing spiritual and emotional support for individuals and their families with regard to end of life care, via Advance Care Planning, thanadoula, legacy, home funerals, and funeral/other celebrant support (as well as local Death Cafes)   Debbie Seddon is available by email consultations Email, Facebook page and WordPress blog


Love's Last Breathe — Regina, Sask (and area) — holistic Death Doula and 'End of Life' journey support services (hospital or home), and Home Funeral Guide for home vigils/funerals.   Denise Séguin Horth is available by phone or email for consultation Phone: Cell: (306) 737-5568 or through Facebook


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Legal Information and Regulations


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 Sudden Death", Expected/Planned Home Deaths,
Notification of Expected Death in the Home, Registration of Death (available only directly through the Vital Statistics office), Death Certificate Application and Death Certificate,
Consumer Protection contact info, Consumer Protection generalities re cemeteries and crematoriums
Information on Private Transport Permits [Notice "However, sometimes we get requests from individuals who wish to take personal responsibility for the transfer of remains of a loved one to a funeral home, crematorium or cemetery." -- which implies that the body may not go to a funeral home before being transported for final disposition] Private Transport Permit,
Private Property Burial Permits, Heirarchy of those allowed to make post-death decisions,
Governement offices that will help with death registration (where no Vit Stats office),
Funeral Service Association, and
Coroners Service Contact Info
plus Community Deathcare's Provincial Home Funeral Documentation Pathways

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
plus Community Deathcare's Provincial Home Funeral Documentation Pathways
Newfoundland/Labrador Death Certificate, and Coroner's Service
New Brunswick Death Certificate, and
Coroner Services
plus Community Deathcare's Provincial Home Funeral Documentation Pathways
North West Territories Government - Death Registration, Talking About End of Life Care Booklets (several PDFs, including conventional options),
Death Certificate (direct PDF download), and
Coroner's Service
Nova Scotia What to Do When Someone Dies, Preparing for Death and Dying (at home) [note: excellent, but doesn't include home funeral info]
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), EDITH (Expected Death in The Home) form and information,
Consumer Information Guide to Funerals, Burials and Cremation services at Bereavement Authority of Ontario (see When Is It necessary to use a Provider? - or not) or Arrange a funeral, burial, cremation or scattering (see If you don't use a provider), Family Access to Cremation Permits,
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),
plus Community Deathcare's Provincial Home Funeral Documentation Pathways
Prince Edward Island Death Certificate, and

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)
Note: Quebec has more restrictions on home funerals that other provinces
see Sections 34 and 64 of Bill 66 and 'descriptions' of Embalming and viewing a body after death: rules and requirements : contact us for developing information

Saskatchewan Government "Dealing with Death", Further information on Death,
Registration of Death, Death Certificate,
Consumer Protection
, and
Office of the Chief Coroner
plus Community Deathcare's Provincial Home Funeral Documentation Pathways

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 — listings for Canadian memorial societies, and information on other organizations offering clarification of the funeral industry

Memorial Society of BC — listings for all of the Memorial Societies in Canada, as well as other BC and Canada-wide death-related resources
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
[Note: Muslims also have several YouTube videos on their traditional form of washing and shrouding the body]

CINDEA "Post-death Care at Home" Video Series 5 short videos, covering all the major aspects of post-death care (washing and dressing the body, moving it around, and shrouding) vidoes have a companion PDF with more detailed instructions, and a General Timeline PDF with 'what to do when and where (re paperwork)
Home Funeral Videos Archive videos on various elements of Post-Death Care/home funerals
Passing Through Our Hands: Home Funeral Care Guide video on post-death care by Donna Belk and Beyond Hospice sample short pieces of the video on YouTube
A Family Undertaking film for education on home funerals, in part chronicling a rancher family's home funeral
In the Parlour: the Final Goodbye documentary on several 'home deaths/funerals', and their effect on the family and friends — trailer available online: film expected to be release in the spring of 2015
Shrouding the body — Thanks to Immarama
How to Wrap a Body in a Shroud Thanks to EHow

Other Useful Information

Natural Transitions Magazine — regular editions with articles on conscious, holistic approaches to end of life and death (free e-version available to subscribers) including some Canadian articles
Institute of Traditional Medicine Toronto, Ontario Contemplative 'End of Life' care training (click on "Professional Programs", then "Contemplative End of Life Care program' and then its sub-menu for further information)

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

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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.]


Canadian Funerals On-line — general information on funeral celebrants, low-cost funerals, etc.
Celebrant Foundation and Institute locator — for listings of Funeral (and other) Celebrants in Canada and U.S.
Certified Celebrants Association of Canada — listings of funeral celebrants, primarily for those available in Ontario


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 Email or Phone (403) 289-2230
Threshold Ceremonies Canmore one-of-a-kind ceremonies for life’s significant occasions, including funerals, memorials, and celebrations of life.    Contact Barbara Parker Email or Phone H: (403) 678-5830 C: (403) 688-0039
Edmonton Home Funerals Edmonton Licensed Interfaith Minister, Dying and Death Guide, home funeral guide, and Life-cycle Celebrant (including funeral and memorial services).    Consulting, Educating and Advocating culturally nurturing death practices.   Kathleen Miller Email or Phone 780-695-8685 and Facebook page
Essential Ceremonies — Calgary and Southern Alberta — Life-Cycle Celebrant.   Meaningful, memorable and fitting ceremonies for funerals, memorials, or later survivors events.   Jill Graveland online contact
Roxanne Walsh — Calgary Certified Funeral Celebrant, End of Life Guide, Educator and Author of the books Planning for a Good Death, User’s Guide and Workbook.   Contact Roxanne Walsh by Email or Phone (902)-293-2423 Facebook

British Columbia

Journeying Beyond — Victoria death midwifery and Advance-care Planning services, including personalized funeral/memorial services.    Contact Pashta MaryMoon via Email or Phone (250) 383-4065; Skype consultation also available; Facebook page

Sandra Ollsin — Victoria and Vancouver Island offering funeral celebrant services and information.Contact Sandra Ollisin at Email or Phone (250) 592-7544 also see Sandra's "Between Worlds: Communication Perspectives of Female Funeral Celebrants in British Columbia An interactive, multimedia presentation"
Celebrant with Heart Summerland, Okanagon Life Cycle Celebrant offering a range of personalized cerermonies in the life cycle, including 'end of life'.    Contact Ingrid Tourigny at Email or phone (306) 216-7141 (Cell)
Healing Through Ceremony Gabriola Island — End of Life Funeral and Grieving ceremonies (and other rites of passage) healing-focused counselling, as well as a knowledge of the practicalities of a home funeral.   Contact Michele Fire-River Heart at online


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

Barb Phillips — Cobourg — Thanadoula and Life-cycle Celebrant services offering pan-death education and support to families for Advance-care Planning, home funerals, and funeral celebrant services.   Barb Phillips is available for consultation by Email or Phone (705) 924-3763
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  Email or Phone (905) 746-3074 and Facebook page
Divine Heart Centre — Aurora/York — Sacred Ceremony for End of Life Transition and Spiritual Last Rites, Celebration of Life, Memorials, Funerals, and Interment; as well as Pastoral and Spiritual Care for Bereavement.    Tracy Cox is available by phone or email for consultation Email or phone (289) 879-0177
Thresholds of Life — Carleton Place — Life Celebrant offering Healing and Memorial Ceremonies Including: Celebrations of Life, Funerals and Memorials, Loss of Baby in Utero, and Stillbirth and Early Infant Death, as well as other 'loss' ceremonies.    Patti Koeslag is available by phone or email for consultation Email or Phone (613) 699-2153 (h) or (613) 809-7115 (c)
Woven Threads – Handcrafted Ceremonies — Guelph — Life-Cycle Celebrant creating meaningful, custom, secular or spiritual funerals, memorials, and celebrations of life as well as pre-death ritual support.   Contact Christine Lafazanos by Email or Phone/text at 519-823-0038 and Facebook Page


Lorraine Cowan — South Shore of Montreal and surrounding areas — Life Cycle Celebrant offering custom and personal end of life ceremonies and rituals including: Celebrations of Life, Funerals and Memorials, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Early Infant Death, Ash Scattering, Interment as well as pet and other loss ceremonies.   Service includes accompanying bereaved to register the death with a Funeral Director as required by Quebec law.   Contact Lorraine Cowan by Email or by Phone (450) 659-2603.
Voluntas Commemorations — Montreal creative alternative to traditional Funeral Services (related to Remember Network) Email

Nova Scotia

Death Matters Halifax home funeral guide and funeral ceremony services (including pre/post-death 'celebration of life') as well as spiritual and personal care directives and on-going support for 'exit planning', regular 'end of life'-related film night, Death Cafes and development of green burials Deborah Luscomb and Dawn Carson are available via email or Phone (902) 403-7590


Karla Combres — Saskatoon and area — multilingual Life-Cycle Celebrant, creating and performing custom ceremonies for the milestones of life. Specialized in personalized, meaningful funerals, memorials, celebrations of life (pre- and post-death), home funerals, and other observances of loss.   Karla Combres is available by phone or email for consultation.   Email or Phone (306) 491-9176 and Facebook Page.


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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.]


Green Burial Society of Canada — promoting green burials, providers and products throughout Canada
Natural Burial Association (of Canada) — association to further the development of Green Burial grounds in Canada
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
Seven Ponds — excellent review of the ecological impacts of conventional death practices at Environmental Impact of Death page — 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


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

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: Memorial Society of BC, 205 - 640 West Broadway Vancouver BC V5Z 1G4;Tel: (604) 733-7705 or 1-888-816-5902 (24/7); Email:
Denman Island Natural Burial Cemetery — Denman Island, BC — the first contemporary cemetery in Canada that is exclusively green.   Please note that graves are only available to Denman Island residents and immediately family.   Excellent information available about the process of Denman Island Memorial (non-profit) society, as a model for other small communities.   Contact DINBC (online) or by mail at 6400 Denman Rd, Denman Island, BC V0R 1T0
Living Reef Memorial Gulf Islands/Georgia Strait locations Cremains are eternally preserved within a scientifically engineered artificial reef designed to be forever permanent and vital to the success of this marine habitat rehabilitation project.
Green Burial News BC — development of new green or hybrid graveyards


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 (Alkaline Hydrolysis, green embalming, outdoor funeral pyres, scattering/burial of ashes, etc.) — more to come as it becomes available


Ecoaftercare Consulting provides information on Alkaline Hydrolysis (also called Resomation, Aquafication, or Bio-cremation) in Canada.    This option to fire cremation operates by dissolving, rather than burning, the body; and is significantly more eco-friendly.


Funeral Complex LeSieur — Granby — and Funeral LeSieur — Waterloo — both offer Bio Cremation (Alkaline Hydrolysis) option to fire cremation.   
Residence Funeraire (in French only) Abitibi-Témiscamingue (western border with Ontario) offers Aquamation (another name for Alkaline Hydrolysis) to all residents of Quebec.
Voluntas — Kirkland — offers Bio Cremation (Alkaline Hydrolysis)



Gray's Funeral Chapel — Prince Albert — offers the Bio Cremation (Alkaline Hydrolysis) option to fire cremation.   

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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
Canadian-based Products and Supplies (or information)
Rawganique willow-hemp caskets — made on Denman Island, British Columbia — handmade and completely eco-friendly, can be ordered in specific sizes and shipped world-wide
First Nations Casket Co — Manitoba — made with various woods, but no metals
Imperial Evergreen — Port Coquitlam, BC offers a range of ecological urns and a few caskets.   Note: if you use the code "CINDEA" when checking out, you will get 10% off the item (not including shipping costs or taxes)
Fiddlehead Caskets — New Brunswick — "simple pine box" hand-made caskets — made from locally sourced pine, re-purposing the wood shavings from the milling process to fill an unbleached cotton mattress and pillow; available throughout the Maritime Provinces.   Contact Master Craftsman Jeremy Burrill via email for specifics on shipping the casket outside of the Maritimes.
Ecofuneral Ontario — especially for inexpensive cardboard caskets and more eco shrouds and more casket options
Casket Outlet — your rights re purchasing a casket in Canada
Products and Supplies from Elsewhere
Natural Burial Products — U.S.A., and available in Canada — coffins catalogue shipped directly to clients in U.S.A. or Canada
Passages International — U.S.A — specializes in eco-friendly funeral products, including caskets.    Note: this is a wholesale company, but you can order a casket via CINDEA and have it shipped directly to you (plain cardboard or the 6-point bamboo casket will be the least expensive to ship -- assembly required).
Coeio — U.S.A. — producer of the Infinity Mushroom Shroud (and other products), designed to remove toxins from the decaying body to make a green burial even greener
Eco-pod — U.K., and can be shipped to Canada — distributor for North America is the Natural Burial Company, Oregon   Note: Eco-pods may be produced in Oregon in the near future (see Eco-pod North America)
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
Funeral Helper — non-religious funeral/memorial poems
World Prayers Site (search 'death') — a wide and diverse list of death 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.

Wonderful Life Imorial Qeeper
Forever Missed Life Memory Ever Loved
Gone Too Soon Much Loved iLasting
NeverGone Parting Wishes Respectance

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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)


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 regional contacts (see left menu for list)
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, including children
Room 217 Foundation Resources & Links — excellent list of resources for various end-of-life concerns, including grief/bereavement
Specially for grieving children
Kids Grief supported by Canadian Virtual Hospice Gallery
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)
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


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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