• Dying, Death

    and other matters of the living

    Talking about death won’t make it happen

    ... but it will make it easier.

  • Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

    Hosting: The Swan Song Festival

    Breathing Life into Death

    OCTOBER 26th


  • What we're all about.

    Dying, Death and Remembrance


    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network is based in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada. We are reaching out to connect with others who are interested in rekindling a culture that recognizes and responds to death and dying in natural and meaningful ways.


    Our focus is on increasing death literacy in the region and to help and encourage each other as we build a holistic community deathcaring network in the Cariboo, and throughout rural British Columbia.


    We are currently hosting Community Death Cafes, and we are participating in the national Swan Song Festival, October 26th, 2019.


    We provide access to information for individuals and families who want to be more proactive and hands-on with dying and death. We are reaching out to local resource people and organizations involved in offering deathcaring services.


    Both founding members of Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network are trained as End-of-Life Doulas.


    Angela Gutzer studied with the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Angela is transitioning from her 12-year career as a Veterinarian to her passion for holistic deathcaring of people and pets. Angela has a special interest in guiding families through the home funeral process.


    Nicola Finch took her End-of-Life Doula training through Douglas College. She brings her online expertise, and her decades of involvement with deathcaring; personally and professionally. Nicola has a special interest in natural burial and death literacy through education.


    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network is part of a much larger movement of reclaiming deathcare and bringing the conversations about dying, death and bereavement back home.

    Some of the things we’re addressing locally are home funerals, legal issues & practices around end of life in BC, end of life planning (Advance Directives), End-of-life Choices, MAiD, a local Natural Burial Cemetery for people and pets, cremations, Coffin Clubs, building a stone barrows for ashes, dying at home, death doulas and end of life guides.

    We invite you to join the conversation. Drop us a note if you would like to be on our mailing list for news and upcoming events. info@ccdcnetwork.com 

  • CCDC Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations on Dying, Death and Disposition

    September 11, 2019 · The Green Gazette
    Article written by Nicola Finch for the Fall issue of the Green Gazette Angela Gutzer and Nicola Finch are local end-of-life guides (also known as death doulas) who connected in the fall of 2017 thanks to a Green Gazette article written by Angela that alerted Nicola to their shared passion for ...
    March 30, 2019 · Funeral Services
    Thinking about and planning the details of our own funerals provides us some peace of mind and it's a gift to the people who love us. Letting our families know our preferences will save them questions and confusion in their time of grief. While price is rarely the deciding factor when it comes to...
    We're talking a lot about 'green or natural' burial lately as we prepare our request to the City. We are asking for the inclusion of green burial sites at our local Williams Lake Municipal Cemetery. To address some of the questions we're hearing, we offer Lee Webster's excellent 'cheat sheet for...
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    Breathing Life into Death

    We've created a Group on our CCDCNetwork Facebook page for the Creation phase of our local Swan Song Festival.

    Read Angela's Swan Song article in The Green Gazette magazine.

    Community Deathcare Canada is bringing together the first annual Swan Song Festival (OCTOBER 19th, 2019) as a national celebration of the re-engagement with death and dying in meaningful and community-based ways. Our full-day Swan Song festival will happen on October 26th. We will be hosting a pre-festival Death Cafe on the evening of the 19th, 6 to 8pm at the library.


    Our sincere thanks to the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society and the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake for financial support of our participation in the National Swan Song Festival.

  • Death Cafe

    First of the Fall

    Join us for Coffee and Conversation on Saturday OCT 19th at the Library Meeting Room in Williams Lake.

    6 pm to 8 pm

    Talk about Death and Dying and leave feeling a little more alive.

    We are inviting participants to bring something to add to the Wall of Remembrance that will be on display at the Festival (OCT 26th) A photograph of a loved one who has passed (please don't bring originals) a flower, a drawing, a poem ...

    We look forward to reconnecting with those who've attended other Death Cafes and we welcome anyone new to this enlivening event.

    Free Admission with Donations welcome.

    For more information email Nicola and Angela at info@ccdcnetwork.com

    Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram

    With the support of the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society

  • Swan Song Festival planning group

    Swan Song Festival ~ Breathing Life into Death

    This Fall, Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network, in partnership with Community Deathcare Canada, is hosting the Swan Song Festival.


    11 am to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm

    This inaugural annual festival is intended to mobilize communities across Canada to re-engage with dying and deathcare in more meaningful, holistic and environmentally sustainable ways.

    The Swan Song Festival focuses on Death. Yours and mine.

    The day's events include ritual, art, spoken word, an open mic, music, interactive activities, children’s activities, humour, mini Death Cafes, workshops and information on home funerals, experience a simple Cremation casket, design your own headstone and visit the outdoor labyrinth at St Andrew's.

    Visit our website at www.ccdcnetwork.com and look for regular updates on Facebook Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network.

    This is a free event for community members of all ages and from all walks of life. Donations will be gratefully accepted to further our deathcaring work in the community.

    Thanks to the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society and the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake for their support.

    Connect with our Facebook Planning group

  • OCTOBER News and Updates

    Keeping the conversation going.

    Natural Burial petition (Artwork: The Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin)

    The Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network and Natural Burial in BC are advocating for the inclusion of

    Green Burial in Williams Lake, British Columbia.

    We have identified that Green Burial options are a priority for many residents of Williams Lake and neighbouring communities. Currently, there are just two disposition options available at the Williams Lake Municipal Cemetery. The cemetery offers cremation or a traditional casket burial with a mandatory fiberglass vault.

    We would like to include natural burial as the third option.

    If this is important to you, please sign the petition.

    For more information on what our petition is all about, visit Green Burial BC.




    for the Cariboo Chilcotin.

    • A Woodland Burial Ground for people and pets
    • A building, a Gathering place
    • A Tumulus, a Stone Barrow for the safekeeping of Ashes in Urns
    • A Secular and Sacred place to come together in community and to remember our beloved dead.

    Organizing our local participation in the National


    Swan Song Festival in Williams Lake and

    across Canada, Oct 26th, 2019.


    Community Deathcare Canada is launching the first annual Swan Song Festival across Canada, Oct 19th, 2019. While our full day will happen the following weekend, October 26th, we will also be hosting a Death Cafe on the evening of the 19th.


    Join us in creating a local event: a death parade, a Death dinner, a Death poetry night, a cemetery walk, Death sidewalk graffiti cafes, a storytelling night of those dying and those grieving. Anything you can imagine.

    Interested in being involved? We'd love to hear from you!

    We've created a Group on our CCDCNetwork Facebook page for the Creation phase of our local Swan Song Festival.

    Email us 

    OCT 19th, 2019  Swan Song Festival

    Read our Swan Song article in the summer issue of the Green Gazette.

    by Angela Gutzer, with a Natural Burial PS by Nicola Finch. Festival of art, theatre, dance ... celebrating life through Death Link to Article

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network’s Angela Gutzer (left) and Nicola Finch (centre) organize a Death Café at the Williams Lake Library. At the one held in February, they were joined by about 18 people, including Eric Schlitt (left), David Finch, Lisa Bland, Bob and Peggy McIntosh. The next one takes place on Wednesday, March 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

    Death Cafe article in the Williams Lake Tribune?

    by Monica Lamb-Yorski

    Death café explores the topic with ease and openness.

    Angela Gutzer and Nicola Finch bring compassion to the conversation Link to Article

    First Death Cafe of the Fall coming up Oct 19th from 6 to 8 pm at the Library Meeting Room.

  • Let's keep talking

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

  • Link to Resources

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

    Death and Dying Resources for Williams Lake,

    the Cariboo-Chilcotin and BC Interior

    Death, Dying and Disposition. Resources for Williams Lake, the Cariboo and the BC Interior (Photo Soda Creek Cemetery)

    Photo: Soda Creek Cemetery

  • About Us

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

    Entrepreneur and Death Doula; Nicola Finch

    Veterinarian and Death Doula; Angela Gutzer

    Nicola Finch

    'list maker'

    Nicola brings her leadership skills and online expertise to the Network along with decades of involvement with deathcaring personally and professionally. She has a particular interest in death literacy through education. She took her Death Doula training through Douglas College.



    Angela Gutzer

    'dream keeper'

    Angela is transitioning from her 11-year career as a veterinarian to pursue her passion for holistic deathcaring of people and pets. She currently works as a locum at various locations throughout BC. Angela has a particular interest in guiding families through the home funeral process. She completed ITM’s extensive Contemplative End of Life Care Program.


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  • RESOURCES for Advance Care Planning

    Cariboo-Chilcotin, British Columbia

    Information and Links

    Because it's always too soon until it's too late.

    Advance Care Plan to fill in and download

    From Dying with Dignity Canada


    www.advancecareplanning.ca All sorts of great resources


    MY VOICE Advance Care Planning BC Workbook Online


    www.bestendings.org A US site that offers an Advance Directive to fill in online and they will email it to you once completed. It is NOT Canadian but is a nice format for addressing some of those difficult questions that are universal.


    Patient Pathways ~

    Excellent Resources http://patientpathways.ca/plan-ahead/in-case-of-emergency/

    The ICE form included tonight is one of the resources on their website.


    MOST Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (to be completed with and signed by your health care provider) Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) encompass six designations that provide direction on Resuscitation Status (code status); Critical Care Interventions; and, Medical Interventions. The orders are determined by the Most Responsible Physician (MRP).

    Another link for MOST information, from Island Health, BC.


    NO CPR form

    Capable patients may request that no cardiopulmonary resuscitation be started on their behalf. This should be done after discussions with their doctor or nurse practitioner. “No cardiopulmonary resuscitation” is defined as no cardiopulmonary resuscitation (no CPR) in the event of a respiratory and/or cardiac arrest.


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