Departure Directions

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A New Age of Funeral Services

I believe in the possibility of responsive, respectful funeral services. I believe in the power of useful tools and thoughtful opportunities to inform and inspire people to make the most of our finite and precious lives. I believe in the value and beauty of exploring the mystery that is death. One of my mentors along…
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The Essence of A Good Funeral

In honour of Donald Edward Grayston, 1939 – 2017. About the only thing worse than experiencing the death of someone you care about, is doing it without the the kind of good-bye rituals that truly reflect their essence. Fortunately, I knew this would not be the case when our dear friend Don Grayston died last month.

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Honour, Healing and a Bed of Cedar Boughs

When we know those we love well, we can honour their essence in life and in death. It’s my belief, that this honouring of another at the time of their death plays a key role in our own healing journey.

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What a Good Death is Not

When you think about that inevitable day when your life as you know it will come to an end, you probably hope you’ll have a good death, right? But what does that mean? In our workshops we often bring our awareness to the reality of our shared mortality by asking people to name their hopes…
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Are funerals dead?
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Are Funerals Dead?

When was the last time you heard or used the word funeral? Not, celebration of life, not memorial service but funeral? Ahhh, not so much these days in our increasingly secular world.   And when was the last time you said, “So and so is dead” or even more rare, “So and so is dying?”…
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Unpacking Green Burial

When I was on the path to becoming a licensed funeral director, I was on fire with a sense of possibility. I imagined that I would open a hip, eco-friendly funeral home appealing to people like me — someone who appreciates beauty, walks lightly on the earth and tries to make the world a better…
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I Will Not Get Rid of You

My first and last encounter with Mrs. X was in the cooler. Mrs. X was a widow who died in hospital with her devoted son and daughter-in-law at her side. From her hospital room she was taken to the hospital morgue. With her son’s permission, she was then transferred from the morgue to the refrigeration…
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