Dear reader, If your 90-year-old Aunt Bettina died tomorrow, there’s a pretty predictable pattern for what would happen next and how she’d be taken care of—unless, that is, you understand the scope of choices available to you, including, caring for your own. There’s a good chance Aunt Betttina witnessed community deathcaring as a young girl,…
As WILLOW unfolds, Reena and I continue to learn and grow in all ways. We do our best to translate that learning into useful tools and thoughtful opportunities to inform and inspire you to make the most of your finite and precious life and to explore the mystery that is death.
One of my mentors along the way has been Ngaio Davis, the founder, owner and Managing Director of the Vancouver location of KORU Cremation | Burial | Ceremony, a locally-owned and operated, grass-roots funeral business. KORU is a leader, innovator and educator in what we see as a new age of death, dying and end-of-life care. It was an honour for me to complete my funeral director apprenticeship under Ngaio’s mentorship.
Responsive Funeral Services
While you may or may not have a KORU-like firm in your parts, you do have the power to get informed, plan ahead when possible, and to expect responsive, respectful funeral services that meet your needs – whatever they may be.
It’s my fervent hope that in your travels you find yourself being served by one of the many good souls who bring their knowledge, compassion and care to work everyday – regardless of the size and ownership of the funeral home.
One dimension of responsive funeral services is finding ways to support people to be better equipped to carry out their own end of life planning or to make arrangements for someone else. This intention is the foundation of our collaboration with KORU. Together we’re creating public education opportunities for people to explore the reality of their mortality and learn about options for deathcare that reflect their values and priorities.
How about you?
What does responsive funeral services look and feel like to you?