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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 — contact us via 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.

CINDEA has a formal recognition process for Practitioners of Death Midwivery/Pan-death Guides.     These two interchangeable CINDEA-recognized roles are acknowledged by the symbol to the right.  


Table of Contents for Canadian Resources
(click on any of the headings or sub-headings below to jump to that section)

DWENA Directory

Death Midwifery and related services

CANADABritish Columbia         Ontario

Death Doulas/Thanadoulas
    Networks and Organizations
  Alberta   B.C.  Ontario  Manitoba

Advance Care Planning resources (Advance/Health Directives and Representation/Proxy Agreements)
by Province and Territory
Dementia Information
    General Information
Canadian Studies on Dementia within the population
Bedside Singing and Music Thanatology
British ColumbiaOntario
Hospice and Palliative Care Services
Family Caregiving Resources

by Province and Territory

Evolving Attitudes towards Dying/Death
 Right to Die
Organ and Tissue Donations (transplant or research)
by Provincial and Territory
Further EOL Advance Care Planning Resources
Other EOL Resources
    Canadian Will Kits or On-line
    Elder Law and Mediation Canada
    General Information for Seniors CANADA
      by Province and Territory
Ombudsperson and CARP resources for seniors
      by Province and Territory

(For post-death resources, click here)

DWENA Directory

Throughout the Pan-Death process

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


CINDEA — Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives — see the Death Midwifery page for a description of the interchangeable roles of practitioner of death midwifery and pan-death guide, and the other services focusing on one specific facet of the pan-death processs (Death Doula, Home Funeral Gude, Funeral Celebrants, etc.)   

British Columbia

Journeying Beyond — Victoria Death Midwifery (pan-death before, during and after death) and related services Email: or phone Pashta MaryMoon (250) 383-4065; phone or Skype or Zoom consultation also available


Deathcare Kingston — in Kingston — Offering practical, heart-centered planning and support for end-of-life, death, and family-directed funerals.    Contact Aileen Stewart Email: or (613)-539-3610.


Primarily pre/during death care

Death Doulas/Thanadoulas focusing on the emotional and spiritual elements of the pan-death process

End of life/death Doula Networks or Organizations in Canada

Death Doula Network International (DDNI) — A Death Positive Network Offering Death Education, Connection, and End of Life Planning for Death Doulas and Others Too (including membership-based and free webinars), as well as an evolving directory of BC practitioners
End of Life Doula Association of Canada To promote high quality End of Life Care by setting the standard for the doula profession through membership and training based on need and recommendations made by the Ministry of Health, health authorities and outside agencies, and evolving directory
Death Doula Death Doula Course through Douglas College (in person and online) — 6 weeks part-time. You may also choose to complete this course in any time from 4 to 12 weeks
Institute of Traditional Medicine — Toronto 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)
Home Hospice Association’s Death Doula Certificate Program based in Etobicoke, Ontario
Association of Professions Career College Death Doula course — Calgary-based — online program
Ten Thousand Doors/Canadian Centre for End of Life Education & Supportive Services — Edmonton-based — online program
University of Vermont, End-of-Life Doulas online from Burlington, VT
Sacred Deathcare series of short pre-recorded workshops/classes — Calgary-based — online program


Dying the Dream Calgary, AB End of Life Doula and Consultant compassionately supporting those approaching end of life from receipt of terminal diagnosis through to bereavement. Specializing in bedside vigils to the actively dying.   Contact Janet Pillay at Email or Call/Text 403-680-6441.

British Columbia

Journeying Beyond — Victoria Advance Care Planning consultant and services throughout the pan-death process (including home funerals).  Contact Pashta MaryMoon at Email: or phone (250) 383-4065; Skype or Zoom consultation also available

End of Life Matters White Rock/Surrey — End of Life doula services offering pan death education, emotional, spiritual and practical support to individuals and families in advance care plans, sitting vigil, legacies, home funerals and celebrations.   Contact Pamela Stadnyk at Email: or by phone 778-549-5260
Vancouver Death Doula — Vancouver, BC — End of life doula services, including end-of-life companioning, grief work, self-advocacy, vigiling, and support with legacy work, memorial, and burial. In addition to working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, I specialize in work with marginalized and oppressed groups.    Contact Mono Brown at Email or call or text 604-449-8512
Karen Hendrickson, Take the Journey Maple Ridge, Lower Mainland — End of Life Doula, Educator and Consultant, Grief Support Facilitator, providing holistic and practical support through education, resources, advocacy, and conversation through all stages of EOL.   Contact Karen Hendrickson at Email or by phone 604-614-6696
End of Life Alternatives Kelowna and Okanagan Valley — Death doula offering comfort, support and preparation for your end of life journey.   Contact Jo-Anne Haun at Email or phone (250)215-6817
Death Rituals Nanaimo, Vancouver Island End of Life Care with a focus on Advanced Care Planning, Personalized Ritual & Ceremony, and Environmentally Conscious Death Practices.   Public Speaking Engagements, Seminars, Workshops, and Death Doula Mentorship also available.  Contact Karly Morrison ~ Death Guide, Spiritual Alchemist, Professional Palliative Care Provider, and Certified Health Care Assistant. Email Phone: 250-800-4500. Virtual appointments also available Canada-wide.


Yours In Life and Death Ste. Anne, Manitoba/South Eastern Manitoba/Winnipeg offering End Of Life Doula Services including support and advocacy, advance care planning, legacy projects, sitting vigil, elder care and respite for the family of the dying.   Contact Elizebeth Kischook at Email or talk/text 204-270-0252.


Barb Phillips — Cobourg — Thanadoula, offering pan-death education and support to families for advance-care planning, home funerals, and funeral celebrant services
Jenn Chalifoux, Tree Rings Death Doula Home Support — Thunder Bay and district area— Death Doula, Personal Support Worker, and Home Funeral Guide.   End of life /or older age preparing and planning with options of pairing personal support work, caregiver respite and guided /or hands-on home funeral support.   Call / text Jenn, 807-626-9633 or Email

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Pre/during Death

Advance Care Planning Resources primarily Advance/Personal Directives and Representation/Proxy Agreements, otherwise referred to as a 'living will' [Note: these two elements of Advance Care Planning are sometimes dealt with in the same document.   Individual province/territory listings below use their specific terminology.]


Canadian Centre for Elder Law — information on Advance Directives (legislation, etc.) for all provinces/territories
Speak Up Provincial /Territorial resources for Advance Care Planning [Note: Speak Up is connected to the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association]
End-of-Life Law and Policy in Canada — information on the withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment, advance directives, palliative interventions (e.g., potentially life-shortening symptom relief and palliative sedation), assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
Quality End-of-life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC) a group of 35 national organizations dedicated to improving end-of-life care for all Canadians.
Virtual Hospice Health Care Directives
National Seniors Strategy including resources for each of the provinces/territories
Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association extensive written resources on Advance Care Planning
The Right to Make Choices concerns about use of Advance Care Planning for Developmentally Disabled (PDF) international, but quite useful
Canadian Nurses Protective Society on Consent for the Incapable Adult
CINDEA has a comprehensive Advance Directive/Expressd Wishes (personal care) form and Representation Agreement template available to death-care providers who are supporters of CINDEA contact us for information on the document (see also the CINDEA Advance Care Planning page for further information on both documents)

by Province and Territory [Note: although the legalistic language of the Public Trustee/Legal Guardian office can be somewhat confusing to the average person, they are included because they have a lot of information on Advance Care Planning issues although their focus is on situations where there is no Representative, Temporary Substitute Decision-maker and/or Power of Attorney available.   See certified Public Trustees across Canada.]


Understanding Personal Directives (PDF), Personal Directives Act,
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), Advance Care Planning,
Decision making and advance planning, Advance Care Planning: Preparing for Your Future Healthcare , home and community care

British Columbia Advance Care Planning BC government, Doctors of BC Advance Directives, Incapacity Planning BC (Representative and PoA forms), and NIDUS's ACP information and forms, Home and Community Care,
Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia
Manitoba Health Care Directive and Proxy, home and community care,
The Public Trustee of Manitoba Vulnerable Adults
Newfoundland/Labrador Newfoundland Health, “It's Your Decision: How to Make an Advance Health Care Directive”, Substitute Decision Makers, home and community care
New Brunswick Power of Attorney for Personal Care and Attorney for Personal Care
Public Trustee of New Brunswick, home and community care: social development: home first
North West Territories Personal Directives, NWT Personal Directive form, Personal Directives Act (including Health Agent), home and community care,
Office of the Public Guardian
Nova Scotia Personal Directives and Delegate and forms (both downloadable pdf), home and community care
Office of the Public Trustee
Nunavut No specific legislation yet general living will
see Rules of Court Probate and Administration Rules, Home and Community Care
Ontario ACE AdvocacyCentreElderly Library on Advance Directives and Power of Attorney for Personal Care, and Power of Attorney for Health care (downloadable pdf), home and community care
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT)
Prince Edward Island Personal Care Directive and Proxy information and forms (PDF), home and community care
Public Trustee and Public Guardian
Quebec Incapacity Planning in Quebec – Protection Mandates and Powers of Attorney mandates in Anticipation of Incapacity and Mandatary, In case of incapacity: the protection mandate (PDF), Protection Mandates: Naming Someone to Act for You, Advance Medical Directives, home and community care,
Curateur Public Quebec
Saskatchewan Completing Your Own Advance Care Plan Health Care Directives and Substitute Health Care Decision Makers Regulations, home and community care,
Public Guardian and Trustee
Yukon Find decision-making and legal tools for adults, or Last resort substitute consent by care providers – form 5, Statement by a close friend before chosen as substitute deiciosn maker
Representation Agreement
, Representation Agreement form,
applying for adult guardianship, home and community care, Public Guardian/trustee
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

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Dementia Information


General Information wide range of information on all dementia-related issues and services

Alzheimer Society of Canada, Provincial, Alzheimer Society offices (click on 'Change Your Society'), and Email for general information
Living the Dementia Journey
Dementia Guidelines
Different types of Dementia from Toronto Dementia Network or Alzheimer Society
Veterans Affairs Canada on Dementia and Alzheimer Disease

Canadian Studies on Dementia within the population

A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Achieve - 2021 Annual Report and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Canada from Stats Canada
Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia in Canada (PDF) by the Alzheimer Society January 2009

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Bedside Singing and Music Thanatology vocal or instrumental music, specifically suited to supporting the person (and their families/friends) through a serious illness or the dying process

Music Thanatology


CAMT — Canadian Association for Music Therapy (unclear if they support Music Thanatology — music used specifically to support the dying — although some music therapists do work in hospice situations)
MTAI — Music Thanatology Association International
Threshold choirs in Canada (see at bottom of screen) Bedside Singing

Bedside Singing Resources — using mostly a capella songs to support those who are seriously ill or dying (see Threshold choirs above as well)

British Columbia

En~chanting Beyond Victoria — supporting the two major life-passages of dying and giving birth.For more information or a Bedside Singing visit, contact Pashta MaryMoon at Tel: (250) 383-4065 or
Victoria Hospice Bedside Singers — Victoria — serving the Hospice Unit and Oncology Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C. (see bottom of page) Email:


Hospice Peterborough — Peterborough — developing a Bedside Singing group in Peterborough, Ontario Attention: Jan Sterling-Twist at Tel: (705) 742-4042 Email:
Encircle: Soulful Singing at the Bedside Kingston a developing group.    Contact Aileen Stewart at Email

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Hospice and Palliative Care Services medical 'comfort care' and other services, from terminal diagnosis through to active dying and death


Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association — including Directory of Hospice Palliative Care Services list of national and provincial organizations; as well as excellent, comprehensive resources on end-of-life issues, including Living Lessons.   
Canadian Virtual Hospice — includes Advance Care Planning/Decision-making for different provinces/territories (several pages of resources — look for those for your province/territory); Living Well; Planning Well (downloadable PDF); and 'Ask a Professional'.   Portail Palliatif (French version of Canadian Virtual Hospice)    There are also a wide variety of Discussion Forums (including in the French version of the site) a safe, supportive forum for patients and caregivers to share openly; and which are both managed by a community moderator, and supported by a clinical team of palliative care experts.
E-hospice (related to Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association) — palliative care news, views, and inspiration from around the world: you can register to have specific kinds of articles sent to you by email (see the 'categories' tab) as they are published
Quality 'end of life' care coalition of Canada The Way Forward initiative for all Canadians to realize the right to die with dignity, free of pain, and surrounded by their loved ones
International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care information and directory for 9 countries, including all Canadian provinces and territories
National Cancer Institute - making choices about care excellent review on choices and services available (generally) for advanced cancer

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Family Caregiving Resources

CANADA (French versions available)

The Family Caregiver (information for all provinces/territories) — as well as by disease (lower right of site page)
Canadian Caregivers Connect (sponsored by VON) — information by province/territory (Caregiver Resources) and condition
Victoria Order of Nurses (VON) — by province
Canadian Caregiver Coalition — general information and advocacy
Caregiver Resource Guide — federal and provincial/territorial services
Canadian Home Care Association — general information and advocacy
Care-ring Voice Network — information, teleseminars, support in English and French
A Caregiver's Guide: A Handbook about End-of-Life Care by Canadian Virtual Hospice
Lotsa Helping Hands — an online way to develop communities of support for individual caregiving (or volunteer support) within your own area (Canada, U.S.A., and elsewhere)


by Province and Territory

Alberta Compass for Caregivers, Seniors Council-Caregiving, and Family Caregivers Network Alberta (see lower left side of page for specifics on this province/territory)
British Columbia Family Caregivers Network B.C. Caring for Seniors B.C.
Manitoba Manitoba Gov't Caregiving and Resources for Caregivers
Newfoundland/Labrador Seniors Resource re Caregiving, Seniors NL Caregiving Resourses
New Brunswick

Home Support Association and NB Gov't Caregivers' Guide

Northwest Territories The NWT Caregivers Guide (PDF)
Nova Scotia Caregivers Nova Scotia, Caregiver Benefits, Caregiving Where to Begin, and Caregiver, Family NS Health
Nunavut Family Caregivers Network is re-developing -- options for Nunavut coming
Ontario Ontario Caregiver Org, Ontario Caregiver Coalition and Ontario Gov't Seniors: for family and other caregivers
Prince Edward Island Family Caregivers Network P.E.I. (see lower left side of page for specifics on this province/territory)
Quebec Family Caregivers Network Quebec (see lower left side of page for specifics on this province/territory)
Saskatchewan Caregiver Information and Support
Yukon  Yukon Gov't Find resources for caregivers and Care for the Caregivers

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Evolving Attitudes towards Dying/Death


Elsewhere There are few organiza

Life and Death Matters — information and online training in an evolving psychosocial and spiritual approach to death
TalkDeath — its mission is to encourage positive and constructive conversations around death and dying.   Although our awareness of the issues and needs surrounding death is growing, it is still not considered appropriate “dinner table talk.

tions that are fully devoted to modern evolving attitudes towards the process and support of dying/death.   Although not Canadian, we recommend the following:

The Order of the Good Death — U.S. based — information and videos (including "Ask a Mortican" YouTube videos) on concepts of death, especially appropriate to younger people
Dying into Love — U.S. based — workshops and videos (some free) in evolving concepts of dying and death — related to Doorway into Light, recognizing death as a sacred and spiritual passage
Sacred Dying Foundation — U.S. based — online death-vigil training in facilitating a calm, gracious, and spiritual presence with those who are dying (training available to Canadians)
Transitions Magazine — U.S.— regular issues on conscious, wholistic, and green approaches to the end of life
Dying Matters U.K. videos and information for raising awareness of changing approaches to dying, death and bereavement
GoodLife, GoodDeath, Good Grief U.K./Scotland online resources for supporting each other through death, dying and bereavement.

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Right to die organizations working towards securing or protecting the rights of individuals to self-determination at the end of their lives


World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies founded in 1980, consists of 38 right to die organizations from 23 countries
  Member organizations (including for Canada and elsewhere)

Dying with Dignity (of Canada) A national organization dedicated to improving the quality of dying and expanding end-of-life choices in Canada includes related Canadian news and articles — 55 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 802, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1G8, CANADA; Tel: (416) 486-3998 or toll-free at 1-800-495-6156, Fax: (416) 486-5562, E-mail: — contact them for information on local chapters of DWD.

Bridge-14 compassionate support for those planning a MAiD death or grieving one. Volunteer and contact form.
MAiD Family Support compassionate, lived-experience support and connection to people helping a loved one who is considering or planning for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) or those who are grieving a loss due to MAiD.  Volunteer or wanting 1 to 1 peer support
Right to Die Society of Canada 145 Macdonell Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6R 2A4 Tel: (416) 535-0690 Toll-free: 1-866-535-0690 Email:


Association Québécoise pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité (AQDMD)

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Organ and Tissue Donation (for transplant or research)


Canadian Living Organ donation: What you need to know (resources for all provinces/territories)
Canadian Association of Transplantation with a list of kinds of transplantable organs
Save Lives Tomorrow transplant preparation information
Estate Box Organ and full body donation information for all provinces
Be A Donor information on Ontario and other provinces
Canadian Institute for Health Information — FAQ on Organ Replacement use the search area to find information for your province
Canadian Funerals information on Body Donation (for research) in registered Medical Schools in Canada
AAMC Member Medical Schools in Canada

by Province and Territory

Alberta Organ Donation (HOPE program) , and Southern and Northern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program, Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry
British Columbia The BC Transplantation Support Network, and its Organ donation registry
Manitoba Manitoba Government on Organ Donation   and Transplant Manitoba
Newfoundland/Labrador Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) Atlantic Canada, COVID Information for People who have had an Organ Transplant
how do I indicate m intent to donate (PDF)
New Brunswick Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick Organ Donation Program
Northwest Territories Organ Donation from Canadian Living Resources, FAQ on organ donation, and Organ/Tissue Donation
Nova Scotia Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) Atlantic Canada, NS government links for organ donation issues/forms/etc.,
Nunavut Organ Donation from Canadian Living Resources and shares registry with Alberta
Ontario Ontario Government forms for organ donation, Trillium Gift of Life Network, and Be a Donor
Prince Edward Island Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) Atlantic Canada, more information, Tissue Donation Manual, and registering your intent to donate
Quebec Quebec Transplant (including pdf on information for 'living donors')
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan government Organ/Tissue Donation, Organ Donation Awareness Campaign, register intent to donate, and Organ and Tissue Transplants and Donations
Yukon Yukon government on Organ/Tissue Donation  

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Further EOL (end-of-life) Advance Care Planning Resources


Speak Up information on 'end of life' planning in Canada, in connection with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care association includes registry of services for each province/territory
    also Provincial /Territorial resources
Backgrounder: Government of Canada supports for seniors or French version — government website for a range of issues, including planning for end-of-life
Health Canada - Palliative Care or French version — including Palliative Care and end of life including provincial/territorial resourses
Long-Term Care Planning Network offering tools for both professionals and families on end-of-life planning through seminar series, web sites, newsletters, video series and print materials
Canadian Initiative for Elder Planning Studies Elder Planning Counsellors certified members' list for all provinces/territories
Certified Professional Consultant on Aging   find a CPCA near you (fill in all of the boxes offered)
Sacred Departure free guide to Creative Legacy Projects (life stories) thanks to Keri-Lynn Turney
Record Me Now — the not-for-profit legacy app lets you make a lasting video legacy for yourself, your family and loved ones.   It is also good for life review.

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Other EOL Resources

Will Kits (which do not require a lawyer) — free on-line approval of will
CanLaw — downloadable will and Power of Attorney kits
Canadian Legal Wills — on-line approval of will
The Canadian Personal Will Kit — mailed Will and Testament, versions for each province — on-line approval of will
JurisMedia — legal information for Quebec


Elder Law and Mediation CANADA

Canadian Centre for Elder Law
  And information on Elder Abuse resources in provinces/territories
The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse — including What is Elder Abuse (see menu) and Elder Abuse Provincial and Territorial Networks registry of Canadian Elder Law lawyers by city or province — finding a lawyer by issue or province/territory (use the two boxes) — including Estate and Elder law
Elder Mediation Canada — including roster of Elder Mediators in Canada


General Information for Seniors CANADA

Seniors' Care (Canadian Government) large range of articles

Provinces and Territories (governmental services and information)

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland & Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon


Ombudsperson on seniors' related issues or CARP (New Vision of Aging for Canada) and its provincial chapters (scroll down) support in dealing with problems related to any kind of organization/institution serving seniors [Note: not all provinces/territories have a specific division for seniors and/or people with disabilities: use 'search function' to find specific policy on seniors -- including provincial ombudspersons]

Provinces and Territories (ombudsperson or Carp services and information)

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland & Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia   Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

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