• Talking about death won’t make it happen

    ... but it will make it easier.

    Dying, Death

    and other matters of the living

  • June 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.

    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 nicola@deathtalk.ca 


    It's always too soon, until it's too late.


    Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30 to 7:30

    at the Library in Williams Lake

    Nicola Finch nicola@deathtalk.ca

    Angela Gutzer angela@deathtalk.ca


    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.

    • 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

    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.

    Interested in being involved? We'd love to hear from you! Email Nicola or Angela and watch for notice of our first brainstorming get together.

    OCT 19th, 2019  Swan Song Festival

    Read our Swan Song article in the latest 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

    Have you read the 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

  • CCDC Blog

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

    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...
    October 30, 2018 · The Green Gazette
    By Nicola Finch Most of us are familiar with the role and function of a birth doula, but you may be hearing another term that is not so familiar. Death doulas are people who serve the dying and their families. It is a relatively new title, and some practitioners prefer to soften the description...
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  • Let's keep talking

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

  • Link to Resources

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

    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

  • Landis Blair drawing for Caitlin Doughty's book From Here to Eternity

    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

  • About Us

    Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network

    Entrepreneur 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

    '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.

    Email 250 267 4636

  • Advance Care Planning Workgroup

    Was held April 16th, at the Williams Lake Library

    April 4th Williams Lake Library, The HELLO Conversation Game
  • 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).


    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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