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Start discussing end of life planning with loved ones ahead of time to communicate your wishes and expectations. Not only will this relieve stress on your family, it will make the process a lot more seamless for all parties involved.
Partner Description
Life and Death Matters Information and online training in an evolving psychosocial and spiritual approach to death.
Death Cafe Gatherings for conversation on a variety of 'death' topics (see map for how the Death Cafes are spreading across the world, including Canada).
When You Die Canada based — provides information about all things death-related — from green burial options to the latest in the science of the afterlife and death resources. Their developing documentary. In the Realm of Death and Dreaming, explores whether consciousness survives death, and why it matters when choosing end of life care.
Willow EoL Planning & Education Provides tools (many are free) and courses — including online — that integrate pragmatic end-of-life planning with heart-centred self reflection. Curriculum areas include: Making Sense of Life & Death, Legacy, Love Letters & Heart Wills and Departure Directions (your choices for how you're cared for after you die).
The Order of the Good Death U.S. based — information and videos (including Ask a Mortican YouTube videos) on concepts of death, especially appropriate to younger people.
Dying into Love U.S. based — workshops and videos (some free) in evolving concepts of dying and death — related to Doorway into Light, recognizing death as a sacred and spiritual passage.
Sacred Dying Foundation U.S. based — online death-vigil training in facilitating a calm, gracious, and spiritual presence with those who are dying (training available to Canadians).
Natural Transitions Magazine U.S.— regular issues on conscious, holistic, and green approaches to the end of life.
Dying Matters U.K. — videos and information for raising awareness of changing approaches to dying, death and bereavement
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief U.K./Scotland— online resources for supporting each other through death, dying and bereavement.
Contemplative end of life program The Institute of Traditional Medicine incorporates the world's traditional medicines and wisdoms into conventional and modern healthcare. They offer courses, clinics, events, and online learning.
Mortal Course An online 9-week self guided course with lessons in the form of videos, exercises, guided meditations, and a weekly bonus death meditation.
Community Death Care Canada Community Deathcare Canada is an emerging non-profit group, coming together in response to the needs and interests of Canadians who seek to re-engage with dying and deathcare in more meaningful, holistic, and environmentally sustainable ways!
Toronto Death Cafe At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Awaken in Toronto Awaken in Toronto is a dedicated community of individuals committed to awakening in this lifetime. We work together to overcome the isolation of contemporary urban life, and create a space where we can safely explore the workings of our minds. We have a weekly meditation class, and host regular discussion groups on topics such as abundance, and death & dying.
The Death & Grief Rites Revival Project The Death & Grief Rites Revival Project is part of a non-profit organization focused on the entwined experience of death and grief. Through our Death Shālā we aim to reclaim the sacred act of village-based, hands-on deathcaring and through our Grief Shālā we offer various means of engagement in the undertaking of essential, communal griefwork and grief caring. We conduct both facets of this labour of love by way service, support, advocacy, and education.
One Washcloth Project One Washcloth hopes to facilitate healing in loss, by supporting individuals, communities, and institutions to engage family members in the care of a loved one directly after death, through the simple gift of a washcloth.Our larger vision includes hope for healing in our society as a whole, in these final acts of love and care, as we come to accept death as an important, honored part of life.
Home Funeral Alliance The mission of the NHFA is to educate and empower families and communities to care for their own dead.
Toronto Death Society Non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy & services for living and dying well
Dying Dialogues Dying. is an event series running in conjunction with DesignTO, with collaborators from the Health Design Studio at OCADU and Taboo Health. This keynote will open Dying.dialogues, a mini-symposium that invites participants to share and reflect on design practice as it relates to the process of end of life.