Information from MSBC

Welcome to our blog where we post interesting and helpful information about death and dying.

Featured Article: The Role of a Death Doula within End-of-Life-Care

January 24, 2023
Featured Article: The Role of a Death Doula within End-of-Life-Care by Karen Hendrickson A death doula is a companion, advocate, and educator for an individual and their loved ones, supporting them through the journey and process of terminal illness and death. This support is holistic and compassionate and assists everyone to navigate both the practicalities and emotions of illness and dying. Death doulas do not provide legal advice or medical care, advice, or treatment. As companions, death doulas spend time with the individual and loved ones, helping them to navigate their feelings and emotions, identifying what matters most to them now. This might include assisting with documenting legacy stories, or lasting messages, as well as creating personalized funeral/life celebration plans. As advocates, death doulas help with navigating our health care system, advocating for the client at medical appointments, helping to get answers to questions, or clarity on what resources are available to support their care. This advocacy can also include assisting with complaints when committed care levels are not being provided. Often it can be difficult for family to discuss openly the impending death, along with their fears and wishes. Death doulas will help to advocate and mediate conversations with loved ones. Helping to support a common understanding and respect for the wishes of the client and determining what’s needed so everyone can find their place in the process. As death nears, a death doula may sit vigil or will have educated the family on how to be prepared, coordinating a loving team of those who will sit with the patient in the final days or hours. They will help the family to be prepared with knowledge of what can be expected in those final days or hours; and they can provide guidance on how to be present with their dying loved one. If death is occurring in the home, whether natural or by Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), a death doula can help make arrangements that are in line with the individual’s wishes. Maybe it’s the lighting, music, who is to be present, poems or words to be read; all things that help support how the individual wants to feel in those final moments and honouring what truly matters most to them. After the death, a death doula can assist with guiding loved ones. When they understand there is choice well beyond just burial or cremation in a traditional funeral home, there is a whole new level of love and healing that can occur for loved ones. There is opportunity to personalize the after-death care that honours their person in ways that truly means something to all of them. Whether a person is dying at home, in hospice or another medical facility, the death doula plays an integral role in supporting the emotional well-being of the person and their loved ones that is unique to them, based on their needs, wishes and desires. The death doula augments the medical care and hospice teams. Death doulas make a significant impact by turning a fearful and scary death experience into a sacred death experience that is remembered with love and peace, rather than regret and guilt. Karen Hendrickson is a Co-Founder of  Death Doula Network International. She is a Coach, Speaker, End of Life Consultant & Death Doula. You can find Karen at and  
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The 66th Annual General Meeting

December 6, 2022

The Memorial Society of British Columbia held its 66th Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 5th, 2022.

Thank you to the many members who joined us both in person and online through Zoom. A special note of thanks also to guest speaker Karen Hendrickson, Co-Founder of the Death Doula Network of BC, for her informative and powerful presentation.

A Special Resolution was passed at the AGM to hold meetings of members and voting by electronic means. Click here to review the amended bylaws of the Memorial Society of British Columbia.

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Update Re Memorial Societies Closures

October 27, 2022

The Memorial Society of British Columbia (MSBC) was established in 1956, helping members access simple, affordable and dignified funerals for over 65 years.

We learned recently of the closures of the People’s Memorial Society of BC and the Vancouver Island Memorial Society, effective November 1st, 2022. These two organizations are independent and separate from the MSBC.

While People’s and Vancouver Island Memorial Society memberships will be honoured by their contracted funeral providers, you can become a member of MSBC for access to our contracted funeral providers at the reduced membership rate we normally charge for the transfer from memorial societies in other provinces.

For more information, we invite you to contact us. Please call our office at 1-888-816-5902, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Peter Toppings
Executive Director

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2022 Annual General Meeting Notice

October 4, 2022

The Board and Staff of the Memorial Society of BC hope that you and your loved ones
are well and safe.

This year we will be holding our 66th Annual General Meeting

Saturday, November 5th, 2022
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Sanctuary, Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49 th Ave, Vancouver

With guest speaker Karen Hendrickson,
Co-Founder of the Death Doula Network of BC

Members will have the option to attend in person or online through zoom.

A Special Resolution will be introduced at the AGM
Click here to review the Resolution

Please note that only members who participate in person (i.e. considered to be present)
will be able to cast a vote regarding the Special Resolution. For this current year,
members attending online through zoom are not deemed to be present.

Please Register by Friday, October 28th
If you wish to attend the AGM, email with the subject
line “AGM Registration” and indicate whether you wish to attend in person or through

Once your membership is confirmed, we will email you a meeting information package
prior to November 5 th.

We hope you will join us!

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Have you made your will? If not, now is the perfect time

January 9, 2022

Here at the Memorial Society of BC, we are big fans of making plans. Your will is the plan for your loved ones after you die. If you don’t already have one, or need to update your existing will, see this CBC article about why it’s never been easier to do so in BC.

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Friday, January 7 contact information!

January 7, 2022

Please email if you are trying to get in touch during our regular office hours (10 am to 4 pm) for anything other than the death of a member. In the event of the death of a member, always call 604-733-7705 for immediate assistance.

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We’re hiring an Executive Director!

November 29, 2021

We are looking for the right person to come join us as our part-time Executive Director. The Executive Director is MSBC’s organizational leader, responsible for ensuring that our operations are conducted openly, honestly, and in the best interests of our valued membership. For more information or to apply, read more or click here.

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2021 Annual General Meeting Notice

October 16, 2021

The Board and Staff of the Memorial Society of BC hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

This year we will be holding our 65th Annual General Meeting virtually on Saturday, November 6th at 1:30 pm. Please note that at this AGM meeting we will only be addressing Society business on the agenda below. There will be no guest speakers or presentations. We truly hope to return to our in-person format with guest speaker for our 66th AGM in 2022!

If you wish to attend the AGM, you will need to register by emailing with the subject line “AGM Registration”. Once your membership is confirmed, we will email you a meeting package with instructions for joining the private Zoom meeting November 6.

The deadline to register for the AGM is Friday, October 29th.


Memorial Society of BC

65th Annual General Meeting

Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Via Zoom

Register to attend the AGM by Oct 29



  1. Welcome by Board Chair
  2. Call to Order
  3. Adoption of Agenda for Business Meeting
    1. Motion to adopt agenda
  4. Adoption of Minutes of 2020 AGM
    1. Motion to accept minutes of 2020 AGM
  5. President’s Verbal Report
  6. Executive Director’s Verbal Report
  7. Treasurer’s Oral Verbal Report
    1. Motion to accept financial statements for year ended August 31, 2021
  8. Nominations Committee Update
    1. Motion to nominate Board of Directors for two-year term commencing November 7, 2021
  9. Adjournment




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October news

October 5, 2021

Watch this space for upcoming information about our 65th Annual General Meeting on November 6! And a reminder that we will be closed on Monday, October 11 for Thanksgiving.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021

September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Memorial Society recognizes the importance of honouring the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

For more information:

The Truth and Reconciliation Report of Canada: Calls to Action

UBC’s “6 Ways to Deepen your understanding of Indian Residential School History”

The Memorial Society of BC respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we work is the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the traditional territories of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


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Featured Article: The Role of a Death Doula within End-of-Life-Care

Featured Article: The Role of a Death Doula within End-of-Life-Care by…


The 66th Annual General Meeting

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2022 Annual General Meeting Notice

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