Talking about death won’t make it happen
... but it will make it easier.
and other matters of the living
June 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.
Our most recent DEATH CAFE
Thanks to everyone who came out for our March 13th Death Cafe. Another great turnout (28 people) and such good and real conversations. I love these community gatherings. I always come away feeling more awake to life. They reaffirm for me how important and vital it is to talk about death. Thanks again for coming and sharing your stories, your questions, and your insights.
These events are done.
Stay tuned for our next Death Cafe in late June.
Date and time to be announced.
Think of it as a 'guided' Death Cafe
Thursday, April 4th 5:30 to 7:30
at the Library in Williams Lake
In light of national Advance Care Planning Day coming up on April 16th ~ On Thursday, April 4th, 5:30 to 7:30 at the Library, we are offering a more structured evening using the 'Hello Conversation Game'.
"It is a safe, easy and enjoyable way to start meaningful conversations around our personal wishes for living well until the end. These conversations help us have our healthcare wishes known and respected even when we cannot speak for ourselves."
Maximum 18 participants, please Sign up for this Free Event. Email email@example.com
It's always too soon, until it's too late.
ADVANCE CARE PLANNING Workgroup
Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30 to 7:30
An Advance Care Plan is about making a plan for your future health care while you’re still able to make health care decisions for yourself. The goal is to write down our wishes when we're healthy and active.
An official hard copy 'Planning Guide' will be given to participants. The online version is here: My Voice; Advance Care Planning Guide.
This is an opportunity to work through some of the rough patches in your ACP, ask questions, talk through what's stopping you from getting it done. Have you had 'the conversation' with your family? Join us on April 16th.
for the Cariboo Chilcotin.
Organizing our local participation in the National SWAN SONG FESTIVAL
Swan Song Festival across Canada, Oct 19th, 2019.
We are planning an event here in Williams Lake!
Community Deathcare Canada is launching the first annual Swan Song Festival across Canada, Oct 19th, 2019
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.
Coming to Williams Lake July 8th through 12th, 2019
The End-of-Life Doula Certificate (BREV 1100) provides a non-credited college certificate for people wishing to provide quality end-of-life care to people who are dying and for their families.
End-of-Life Doulas are advocates for their clients and complement the work of the medical community and hospice-palliative care workers and volunteers. End-of-Life Doulas assist clients in creating and carrying out their health-care treatment decisions, as well as providing support to clients and their family and friends.
This certificate program has been developed with oversight of an advisory committee that includes representatives from the BC Centre for Palliative Care, the Camp Kerry Society and experienced palliative-care social workers. Click here to see the detailed Course Outline
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
Information and Links shared with the workgroup on April 16th
Free WEBINAR on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12 p.m. Pacific
addressing Advance Care Planning Hosted by Dying With Dignity Canada
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/acp/
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).
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.