Resources To Inspire New Thoughts About End of Life and Death

Making a Will App – Legal Information Society Nova Scotia

“Click to check out LISNS new Wills App! It helps you collect the basic information your lawyer will need to do your will for you. You don’t need to create an account to use it.”

Hospice Halifax – Resources

“Hospice Halifax is dedicated to supporting people affected by life-limiting illness, death, grief or loss. (They) are a non-sectarian, registered not-for-profit organization committed to expanding awareness about the strengths of hospice care.”

Death Café – Halifax

Death Café in Halifax, Nova Scotia meets the first Thursday of every month from noon to 1:30 pm, upstairs at Just Us Café, 5896 Spring Garden Road.

Death Café – Dartmouth

Death Café in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia meets the second Thursday of every month at 12:15 pm, upstairs at Sobeys Community Room, 268 Baker Drive.

The Morgue – What happens to our bodies after death – Full Documentary

Excellent documentary showing the behind the scenes events of an industrialized funeral experience. Note that during the embalming section they do not mention that it is not a legal requirement to be embalmed, in fact they seem to purposely misinform the viewers that bodies are highly infections….its a marketing tactic. If there was an issue, the coroner would be involved.


Home Funeral Resources:

This is how people die – DVD Trailer

In non-medical terminology, Barbara addresses the normal dying process from the months before to the moment of death.

Planning a Home Funeral – Canadian Virtual Hospice

Information and support on palliative and end of life care, loss and grief.

Take Me Home -Home Funeral & Death Midwifery

Death Midwife Rev. Olivia Bareham ensures Dorothy’s final wishes for her after-death are carried out – these include a three-day vigil at home and dancing around her body at the funeral.

Death Midwifery, Death Doula, Home Funeral Resources
Take Me Home





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Home Funeral

Follow a family that takes charge of the after-death care of their loved one by having the funeral in a home setting.

Home Funeral, death midwife, death doula, do it yourself, end of life, family funeral director,
Family transporting their Loved one





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A Family Undertaking

“The home funeral movement challenges us to re-examine our attitudes toward death,” says director and producer Elizabeth Westrate. “We will all face death sooner or later; it’s one of life’s most defining moments, yet it’s the one we typically prepare for least. I wanted to explore this movement and its growing impact on our culture of denial.”

Home Funeral, Death, do it yourself,
A Family Undertaking





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Beyond Goodbye

“BEYOND GOODBYE” is a shorter version of our film “REMEMBERING JOSH” which records the life of our son Josh, as it was remembered at his funeral early in 2011.It is intended for a wider audience and will have value for all those who are recently bereaved as well as anyone interested in healing power of creating a funeral ritual without recourse to conventional undertakers

Fiddlehead Casket Company

Handcrafted, environmentally friendly option for your loved one. Locally made with New Brunswick pine.

Canadian Integrative Network For Death Education and Alternatives (CINDEA)

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.

Other Resources:

The Cohousing Directory

The data for the Cohousing Directory is maintained by the Fellowship of Intentional Communities as part of the Communities Directory at Coho/US makes no representations or warranties, nor do we confirm the accuracy of any listing; we primarily rely on self-reporting.

LoBe London Berlin

An artist’s community with a greater range of ages, like a village in a building, in process in Berlin.

Dying Wise in a Death Phobic SocietyStephen Jenkinson, Author of Die Wise

Listen to podcast

 A Good GoodbyeGail Ruben

death midwifery, TED talk, home funeral,
TEDx Good Goodbye





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Estate Planning

Halifax Estate Planning Council

The Halifax Estate Planning Council has compiled a list of past presentations that you can view.

Mary Mason of Your Estate Matters

Mary is being interviewed by Kristen on the radio show Legally Speaking with Kristen O’Keefe.
Mary Mason has over 20 years’ experience in the specialized field of estate and trust administration and planning.

Succession Planning

Find the right strategy for selling your business or handing it over to someone else, whether it be an employee, a family member, a friend or another entrepreneur.


Legal Information:

Personal Directives in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Consumer Protection: Know Your Rights

Estate Law Canada



Signposts of Dying – What You Need to Know, Dr. Martha Jo Atkins

The Other Side of Sadness, Dr. George A. Bonanno

Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Stephen Jenkinson

The Smell of Rain on Dust Martin Prechtel


Additional Resources: Links- Just for Fun


30 Unusual Wills

The Death Clock Calculator

Dead Man’s Flat’s, Alberta – 7 Day Weather Forecast

Deadman’s Island, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Graves Island, Nova Scotia

Tombstone, Arizona

Dead River, Maine

City of the Dead, Cairo, Egypt