Bower's team offers a wide variety of funeral, memorial and celebration of life services, as well as an aftercare program. They accommodate all faiths, and also offer celebrant services for those requesting a non-religious service.
Canadian-based organization, which respects the wisdom of ancient death traditions and encourages the renewal of older death practices that are appropriate to present day. In the past, communities cared for their own dying people. Through creative adaptation this is an option available to us. CINDEA's approach is one of a wide range of initiatives that are drawing our culture into a deeper relationship with nature and the cycles of life and death.
If you are grieving, want to support someone who is, or work with mourners in your role as bereavement caregiver this is an excellent website. Center for Loss director Dr. Alan Wolfelt is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing in grief. Dr. Wolfelt has written over 30 books for adult mourners, child and teen mourners, bereavement caregivers and creating meaningful funerals
Death Midwifery services include 'end of life' consultations (comprehensive Advance Directives and Representation Agreements, as well as basic information on Power of Attorney/etc. documents), support for the Death Journeyer and their families throughout the pan-death process, funeral plans, funeral and/or memorial celebrant services, and initial grief counseling. The term "pan-death" refers to the whole process, pre/during/post death — including education/information on post-death care at home and required documentation, which are often referred to as a "home funeral".
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Green burial is a statement of personal values for those who seek to minimize their impact on the local and global environment. Green burial is the practice where the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and over time, becomes part of the eco-system. Once the burial has been completed and the grave allowed to settle, the surface of the site is planted with indigenous flowers and grasses, ferns, small shrubs and trees. When the green burial section is fully utilized, the site becomes a restored forest, merging with the local eco-system. Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, B.C. is certified by the Natural Burial Association of Canada and Green Burial Council of North America. Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver is a hybrid green cemetery through the Green Burial Council. Burials do not require the use of embalming, or vaults and liners. Biodegradable urns and caskets are accepted.
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Through Veterans Affairs Canada, the Last Post fund provides funeral, burial and grave marking benefits for eligible Canadian and Allied Veterans. The Last Post fund operates from a National Service Centre open Monday - Friday from 0800 am to 4:00 pm. Callers can leave a message after working hours.