ARTICLES

Range of articles related to death and dying topics

photo credited to ‘Cathy Valentine, Salt Spring island Natural Cemetery’

Green Burials

May 3, 2024
We are grateful to Nicola Finch for her enlightening article on green burials. Photo credited to ‘Cathy Valentine, Salt Spring island Natural Cemetery’   It is not going to be everyone's choice, nor should it be. What happens to our bodies once we're dead is personal. Conventional burial and flame cremation have been the disposition of choice in BC for just a few generations. With almost 90% of our population currently choosing flame cremation, it’s important to note that it’s not the greenest alternative to conventional burial. It is however, still the most affordable option and it gives families the opportunity to memorialize their people (and their pets) in myriad ways and in their own time. Conventional burial with hardwood caskets, concrete or fibreglass grave liners, and embalmed bodies is becoming less common as the cost of a burial plot is out of reach for many and as we grow...
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Nidus: BC Resource for Personal Planning

February 1, 2024
We are pleased to profile Nidus with an article written by Audrey Jun, Nidus Executive Director. Nidus is a BC-based, non-profit charitable organization that provides education, support and assistance to British Columbians with personal planning for incapacity, end-of-life, and other support needs. Nidus enables seniors and other adults to plan for future incapacity, and also helps adults who need immediate help or support with decision-making due to questions about cognitive or mental capability. Nidus specializes in Representation Agreements, which are an accessible, cost-effective, and minimally intrusive legal alternative to adult guardianship – a loss of of rights and imposed authority. Nidus has built expertise around using Representation Agreements in practice. The Nidus Resource Centre provides: public legal education on personal planning and related matters, with information, resources, and videos; Representation Agreement forms; training for volunteers and groups; problem solving and coaching in support of best practices for attorneys, representatives, and...
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Nidus: BC Resource for Personal Planning

We are pleased to profile Nidus with an article written by Audrey Jun, Nidus Executive Director. Nidus is a BC-based, non-profit charitable organization that provides education, support and assistance to British Columbians with personal planning for incapacity, end-of-life, and other support needs. Nidus enables seniors and other adults to plan for future incapacity, and also…
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Selecting an Executor – Does it matter who you choose?

This article is reprinted with permission from the Cooperative Memorial Society in Alberta Selecting an Executor – Does it matter who you choose? By Yvonne Martin-Morrison Executor considerations may not be top of mind for most people when they are drafting their wills and estate plans. It is understandable when many are not aware of…
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Jewish End of Life Practices – by Rabbi Susan Shamash

We are delighted to kick off our series on diverse cultural beliefs and practices on death and dying with an article by Rabbi Susan Shamash. It is hoped this series of articles will help build understanding and inclusion of the many faith and cultural communities in BC. Jewish End of Life Practices – by Rabbi…
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Body & Organ Donation – is this for you?

Body & Organ Donation – is this for you? On your Arrangement Form with the Memorial Society, you may have noticed that there are check boxes for the donation of ‘ORGAN(s)’ and ‘BODY.’ Here is some information on these two options – to help you to make an informed decision about whether this is something…
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What You Need to Know about Death Certificates

What You Need to Know about Death Certificates At the Memorial Society, we often receive questions from members about the funeral sector. Who better to answer these questions than one of our funeral provider partners. In this article, we asked Ryan Crean of Kearney Funeral Services about death certificates.   What are Death Certificates and…
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Scattering Ashes & Honouring a Commitment

This past September my family gathered on the coast of Maine to scatter the ashes of my parents. It sounds straightforward, but you could say that this event was over fifty years in the making. I grew up in the Montreal area.  Like many Quebeckers, we went to Maine every summer for our vacations. My…
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