and other matters of the living
Talking about death won’t make it happen
... but it will make it easier.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
With the support of the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society
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.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 26th.
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.
OCTOBER News and Updates
Keeping the conversation going.
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.
Organizing our local participation in the National
SWAN SONG FESTIVAL
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.
Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network
Entrepreneur and Death Doula; Nicola Finch
Veterinarian and Death Doula; Angela Gutzer
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 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.
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.
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.