2015 Summer CINDEA update
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HF Workshop
    Links to CINDEA

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Other DWENA News

CINDEA-related News

CINDEA has a "Training Options for Alternative Death Care" (and related training) PDF -- which includes 35 options that are either in Canada or online, and available to Canadians. 

The list of options in
cludes information on where or how the training/program is given, price, curriculum, etc.   The PDF is available on CINDEA's Resources-Post-Death and Recognition pages.


Collaboration with Beyond Hospice's training program  CINDEA  is collaborating with Beyond Hospice's online training for Death Midwives and Home Funeral Guides --  to provide provincial law/regulations information, and to help arrange practicums for Canadian taking the training program.   Current and prospective BH students are welcomed to contact CINDEA about preparing for the Canadian part of their training.


Social Media

CINDEA is now on Twitter as well.   You are invited to visit and 'follow' CINDEA for quick messages about articles and events.
Note: CINDEA could use help properly developing its use of Twitter.   If you are proficient in Tweeting, and would like to help, please contact us.
Please consider visiting and 'liking' the CINDEA Facebook page.



"Elsie's Home Funeral" and "Testimonials" -- produced by Roland Marion: two videos about a Canadian home funeral.
[This home funeral resulted from an original request to CINDEA.  One of Elsie's daughters, and the two Death and Dying Guides supporting her, trained for the home funeral at the September 2014 "By My Own Heart and Hand" workshop.]



Other DWENA news

(Deathcare -- Wholistic, Ecological
and/or Natural Alternatives)

Death Matters Live  -- a new bi-weekly radio show  on "all things re dying and death", hosted by Vancouver Coop Radio.   You can listen to the show live on every second Wednesday at 1 pm (PST) at 100.5 FM, or online.  You can also access earlier recordings of shows through VCR's 'search' box. [Note: Death Matters Lives shares a time-slot with 'Soap Box Radio', so you might find the show under that name.]   Death Matters Live has a Facebook page -- please visit and 'like' us; or tweet us on our Twitter page.   You also send us ideas for topics and guests at


Vancouver HUB Death and Dying Project The intention of this project is to network those interested in the field of alternative pan-death (before, during and after) deathcare; and evaluate the possibilities of developing a collective for sharing skills, support, and further growth.   The first meeting is on September 25, 2015 at Bridge & Enrich Lives Society, 718 East 20th Avenue (Fraser and 20th) Vancouver, B.C.   Contact Marie Naubert for more information.

First meeting: Who we are: We meet and find out what everyone is doing and offering.

Second meeting: What we want, envision: We brainstorm about what would best support us in our work, AND what we would like to see evolve in our communities.

Third meeting: What we can do: We brainstorm around possible collective and or collaborations


(Documentaries & Discussion
on Dying & Death)

Films from the Parlour --  once a month in Victoria, B.C., starting again in September 2015 -- contact us for film, date and location

Relaxing into Death and Dying Conversation -- once a month in Vancouver, BC, on-going --  contact Marie for film, date and location -- Facebook page

Soul Passages Film Presentation and Discussions -- periodically in Calgary, Alberta -- contact Sarah for film, date and location, or check website

Thanadoula Film Presentation and Discussion -- periodically in Warkworth or Cobourg, Ontario -- contact Barb for film, date and location, or check website

Canadian Death Cafes -- check out the Death Cafes website map.  You will need to zero in on particular provinces and municipalities, to find out if there is one in your area. 

Room 217 free Music Care Webinars -- Room 217 is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Music Care Webinar Series Topics.    Webinars are free, but be sure to register well in advance.  

You can sign up for Room217 eNews on any of the site's pages.  They also have a 3-level, in-person professional training program in three cities in Ontario.



The Canadian Caregivers Network offers free online workshops on a range of caregiver and 'end of life' topics.   Please register in advance.


The Urban Death Project (a non-profit society) "is a compost-based renewal system....  [It] is not simply a system for turning our bodies into soil-building material. It is also a space for the contemplation of our place in the natural world, and a ritual to help us say goodbye to our loved ones by connecting us with the cycles of nature."
Filming a Green Burial  Dennis White has a terminal brain illness, and is making plans to wear the Infinity Burial mushroom-spore infused burial shroud/suit when buried -- available through Coeio.   Award-winning director Grace Lee is making a documentary about Dennis' alternative pan-death process, and invites supporters to contribute to the funds to make the film via the Kickstarter program.   See trailer Being Dennis:Creating My Green Funeral for more information on how to contribute, or the TedTalk on the shroud itself.

Sacred Passage: talk and Doula training  November 20-22, 2015 in Vancouver, BC (venue to be announced)Conscious Dying Training information (Phase 1 only) and Facebook updates on venue/etc.


Third 'basics in home funerals' workshop
Vancouver, BC
September 11 and 12, 2015

CINDEA and Journeying Beyond are co-sponsoring a "By My Own Heart and Hand -- basics in home funerals" workshop in Vancouver, BC on September 11 and 12, 2015.   The event includes an evening showing of "A Family Undertaking" and discussion, and a full-day workshop the next day -- which includes hands-on practice in post-death care, and a review of both the required paperwork and the general timeline of 'what is done when'.

One of the Beyond Hospice students washing the back of another
(from September 2014 workshop)
This introductory workshop is primarily intended to help families in preparing for, and planning, a home funeral.  However, it was also an opportunity for other alternative death-care practitioners to better understand the basics of a home funeral, as it might relate to the experience of their future clients -- as well as being used as the practicum for Beyond Hospice students from the Beyond Hospice or other training programs.    Contact Pashta at or phone 250-383-4065 for further information.

Washing the hair
(from March 2015 workshop)


 Links to CINDEA on Other Sites

The Home Funeral Directory has been newly reformatted and become intentionally international now.   Listings for Canadian practitioners are on their Home Funeral Guides and Death Midwives or Death Doulas pages.  CINDEA is listed on their "training" page.  

Also, CINDEA’s article "Defining the Role of a Death Midwife" has been archived in the article section of the Home Funeral Directory site.


NHFA Annual Conference

Annual National Home Funeral Alliance conference at
Los Gatos, California in October 2-4, 2015
(click here  for more information)


2015 Canadian Hospice and
Palliative Care Conference

Ottawa, Ontario (Westin hotel)
from October 29 to November 1, 2015

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference is the foremost national conference in Canada focusing on hospice palliative care. This year's conference focuses on New Challenges -- New Horizons: Moving Forward.  The conference provides doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospice palliative care and other allied healthcare professionals; and caregivers, volunteers, spiritual advisers, and social workers with the opportunity to share their experience and expertise on a national platform.  This event continues to attract 600-800 hospice palliative care professionals each year and comprises many cutting-edge presentations and research outcomes.   Registration info


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