- Death Literacy and Education, Advocacy, Natural Burial, and Death Doula Services
- Working to bring Natural Burial and Stone Barrows for Ashes to the BC Interior.
- Founding member of Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network
The following businesses, services, and resources are listed as a public service. Information under each listing was taken from their own websites as of April 24th, 2018.
Cariboo-Chilcotin Funeral Service
- Cariboo-Chilcotin Funeral Service serves Bella Coola, Williams Lake, Quesnel, and all communities in between.
- Location 180 Comer Street, Williams Lake, BC V2G-1T6
- Licensed Funeral Directors; David Wilson and Shane Gunn
- Telephone 1-844-392-3234
Five Rivers Crematorium
- David Wilson, The Crematorium Operations Manager and a licensed funeral director, has been the main cremation operator at Five Rivers since it opened in 2002. "We will endeavor to honor the persons whose final disposition we are entrusted to oversee with integrity, dignity, and respect, without prejudice."
- Location: 455 2nd. Ave North, Williams Lake B.C. V2G-1N3
Williams Lake Cemetery
250.392.2311 / Email (Cindy)
- The City of Williams Lake currently has one public Cemetery located at 455 Second Avenue North. There is also one grave designated as cemetery land located at 850 Mackenzie Avenue, which is the William Pinchbeck Grave.
- Current interment options include traditional burials for both full casket and cremated remains. Arrangements for interment into the cemetery can be made through a funeral director or directly through the Planning Clerk at City Hall. The City of Williams Lake allows people to pre-purchase plots as per our Williams Lake Cemetery Bylaw, through the Planning Clerk.
- Plot information, cemetery fees or bylaw regulations are available from the Planning Clerk during the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays)
Overview of Local Health Services from the
Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Website
- "Williams Lake is the health care center for the South Cariboo and Chilcotin region serving a regional population of over 53,000 people. At the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, there are 31 beds and there are 26 active physicians. This is a Level 2 hospital, offering outpatient hemodialysis and chemotherapy. Permanent and visiting specialists provide services on internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, and dermatology. All physicians have access to a pool of locums, who are available to provide vacation relief. In addition, Cariboo Memorial Hospital provides the following services: medical, surgical, obstetrical & gynecological, pediatric, internal medicine and mammography diagnostic services. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency room coverage. Williams Lake offers Community Health Services, which include nutrition counseling, speech and hearing services, and a travel clinic. Palliative Care and Home Support services are available here too.
(Hospice palliative care is a philosophy of care and services which help relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness. Hospice palliative care does not hasten or delay death. Hospice palliative care is about access to the best possible quality of life at the end of life.)
- For seniors, Williams Lake has a Seniors Activity Centre and three residences. Sunset Manor, which also accommodates people with disabilities, has 50 independent living apartment units and Glen Arbor is a 34 unit independent living complex. Retirement Concepts runs Williams Lake Seniors Village and Williams Lake Seniors Assisted Living Village and provides two types of living accommodation for seniors. There are independent assisted living suites for residents who wish to maintain their independence while knowing assistance is available when they need it. The suites are ideal for couples as well as singles. Williams Lake Seniors Assisted Living Village has 21 publicly subsidized assisted living units. In total, there are 113 residential care rooms, 101 assisted living suites and 17 independent living suites here."
Williams Lake Hospice Society Website
- A community based non-profit volunteer society that provides quality compassionate care for the dying and support for their families and friends.
- Office location: 530 – 4th Avenue North, Williams Lake
- Telephone: (250) 392-5430
Grief Counsellor: Candace Collier
- Candace provides loss and grief support.
Interior BC and Provincial
- Resources for End of Life / Death and Dying (Interior Health Area)
Canadian Virtual Hospice
- Information and Support on Advanced Illness, Palliative, and End of Life Care, loss and grief.
Green Burial Society of Canada
Website / Facebook
- "This society, through education, advocacy, and a certification program, was established to help all Canadians understand and recognize the environmental benefits of green burial."
National Home Funeral Alliance
- A US Non-Profit that provides excellent information supporting home funeral education. Their mission is to empower friends and families to care for their loved ones after death. Check out this page of resources For Families and Friends, knowing that rules and regulations in BC can be different, though it is a legal option here in BC to care for a loved one at home after death.
A Will For the Woods Interested in Natural Burial?
- Excellent full-length documentary film. One man’s passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death.
A Death in Your Family
- from People's Law School is for people in British Columbia who want to know what to do when a loved one dies. It covers preparing for the death of a loved one, what to do immediately after the death, making the funeral arrangements, and where to find support.
Website / Facebook
- is a Canadian-based organization, which respects the wisdom of ancient death traditions and encourages the renewal of older death practices that are appropriate to our modern-day life. In the past, communities cared for their own dying folk; and creatively adapted, that approach to death is still an option available to us. CINDEA 's perspective is one of a wide range of initiatives that are drawing our culture into a deeper relationship with nature and the cycles of life and death — the modern version of "a good death" for all involved in it.
Website / Facebook
- supports you to approach your end of life planning as a robust and meaningful expression of who you are. Co-founders Reena Lazar and Michelle Pante offer coaching, workshops and in time, self-study tools. Reena and Michelle are based out of Vancouver. They are super approachable and kind, and offer excellent programs and resources; in-person and online.
Website / Facebook
- A grass-roots funeral business, serving you from Vancouver and the North Shore. Ms. Ngaio Davis, the founder of KORU "provides simple and tailored cremation, burial and ceremony services that help you care for, remember, mourn and celebrate your dead. KORU is a leader, innovator, and educator in what we see as a new age of death, dying and end-of-life care. Ngaio and her team have a keen interest in raising awareness about local sustainably sourced and community-minded products and practices." There is a wealth of information on their website.
- KORU Cremation FAQ page is an excellent BC specific resource that addresses "some of the most common questions relating to the activities and value of all things ‘funeral/burial/cremation’." Questions such as "Do I need to use a funeral home?" and "What if a death occurs at home and is expected?"
LGBT End of Life Conversations
Email / Website / Facebook
- Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Center
The Memorial Society of British Columbia
Co-op Radio (Vancouver)
- Death Matters Live (this links to the archive of programs) brings matters of death and dying into authentic, honouring humorous, relevant and sometimes irreverent conversation.
BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Community Deathcaring in Canada
- The mission of the BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Community Deathcaring in Canada is to acknowledge and accept our North American alienation from death and to encourage cultural re-engagement with community-centered dying, deathcare, and grief.
Community Deathcaring Canada
- A Canadian Community of Practice, building a participatory organization to support and promote community deathcare in Canada.
- Providing personalized End of Life Care, advocacy, training, community awareness, and support.
At a Death Cafe people talk about death over tea and cake. Death Cafes happen in 40+ counties. Find your nearest here: http://deathcafe.com/deathcafes/.
Our objective is "To increase the awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." Part of this is holding regular pop-up Death Cafes, where strangers meet to discuss death and eat delicious food.
Over 5,300 pop up Death Cafes have taken place in 52+ countries.
Our local Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network holds monthly Death Cafes. You'll find us on Facebook @CCDCNetwork
- Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live and die well.