• Dying, Death

    and other matters of the living

    "Reclaiming Death as an Honoured part of Life"

  • Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

    Based in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada

    and serving the Cariboo-Chilcotin

  • Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network: 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. "Reclaiming Death as an Honoured Part of Life."

     

    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 recently hosted a local Death Festival in partnership with the national Swan Song Festival on October 26th, 2019. Visit the Archive.

     

    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 and working with local resource people and organizations involved in offering deathcaring services.

     

    CCDC Network now has Non Profit status in BC under the official name of Cariboo Community Deathcaring Association. With that, our first membership drive is underway! Annual membership in the Association is $10

     

    Both founding members of the 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 the 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 Care Planning), End-of-life Choices, MAiD, a local Natural Burial Cemetery for people and pets, greener cremations, Coffin Clubs, building a stone barrow for ashes, dying at home, and home funerals.

     

    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 

  • About Us

    CoFounders of Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

    Small Business Owner and Death Doula; Nicola Finch

    Veterinarian and Death Doula; Angela Gutzer

    Nicola Finch

    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.

    Email 

    778-765-1552

    Angela Gutzer

    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.

    Email 

    250 267 4636

  • CCDC Blog

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

    by Nicola Finch I came to an understanding when I was quite young, that grief and loss were part of life. My mother grieved the death of her father. I knew into the depth of my being that her grief was a big part of who she was and that she had a magnificent capacity for love. My mom's dad;...
    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network is all about reaching out and making connections so that when we or someone we love is dying, we have an informed and compassionate community holding us. In today’s changing landscape of death and dying, everyone has an important role to play; individuals,...
    November 4, 2019
    Nov 4th, 2019 as Published in The Green Gazette By Angela Gutzer I wrote this story for the Swan Song festival, which was held October 26 at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre in Williams Lake, and I read it aloud at the event. It was inspired by “The Moth” podcast (themoth.org), a site that...
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  • 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 will continue to keep you up to date on the progress 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 the Central Cariboo. 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've had word from Cindy Walters, Municipal Services Coordinator at the City of Williams Lake that “...our current cemetery location does not have room for expansion for natural burials at this time.”

    The good news is ...
    "...in the next 5 to 10 years (the City of Williams Lake) will be acquiring new land and the city is already discussing the new options that they can provide including a natural forested area for green burials.”

     

    So... if you want a natural burial in the Williams Lake Municipal Cemetery please hold off on dying for 5 to 10 years. :)


    And in the meantime, we are continuing to work toward creating a stand-alone woodland Natural Burial Ground in the Cariboo which will hopefully come to fruition in fewer than 5 years.

    It will be good to have options when Natural Burial is finally implemented in our local Cemetery, and when we have our community woodland burial ground up and running.

     

    If you are interested in working with us or learning more please be in touch. Email nicola@greenburialbc.ca

     

     

    OUR VISION for a Natural Burial Ground in the Central Cariboo

    We're in the process of forming a separate nonprofit to fund-raise and organize the establishment of a natural burial ground in the Cariboo.

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

    FEATURED RESOURCE for November

    National Home Funeral Alliance

     

    The mission of the NHFA is to educate and empower families and communities to care for their own dead.

     

    The NHFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization that is the leading body of home after-death care support and education in the US. Created in 2010, our members come from all 50 states, five provinces, and seven countries. Many of us are home funeral guides who also identify as licensed funeral directors, ordained ministers, educators, bodyworkers, licensed social workers, registered nurses, therapists and counselors, directors of nonprofits, attorneys and physicians. Many simply want to support the movement from institutionalized care back to family care of our own dead.
     

    FEATURED RESOURCE for December

    KORU Cremation / Burial / Ceremony FAQ Page

     

    "You’ll find here the answers to some of the most common questions relating to the activities and value of all things ‘funeral/burial/cremation’."

    From KORU's home page: "Honouring the circle of life. Whatever your culture, circumstance or challenge, we’re here to help you care for, remember, mourn and celebrate your family members and friends. We can take care of everything, we can coach you in your version of a DIY funeral and we can custom-create a hybrid version where we work together in a way that fits your needs and desires. Start with where you find yourself today."

  • Let's keep talking

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

  • Link to Resources

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network Resources

    Death and Dying Resources for Williams Lake,

    the Central Cariboo 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

  • 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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