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General News · 25th November 2019
Margaret Verschuur
"The sacred task of caring for the dead should be a normal part of life." Caitlin Doughty

The Cortes DeathCaring Collective is exploring the idea that folks on Denman Island have achieved: an informal, all-volunteer group offering free local funeral services. If you are interested in helping to create, participate in, or learn more about this, please join us on Thursday, November 28th at 2:00 pm in the Sunshine Room at Linnaea Ed Centre. If you are interested and cannot attend the meeting, or simply want to be kept informed, please email.

After their natural burial cemetery opened on Denman Island in 2016, several community members recognized the need for another island group which would assist families wanting to arrange for a family member to die at home, or their body to be brought back to the island following a hospital death. In 2018 Denman’s “Friends and Neighbours” was formed. They are a group of volunteers who are able to provide emotional and spiritual support, assist with documentation, with caring for the body at home, as well as lifting and transporting. Two of the volunteers perform the role of coordinators – putting families and volunteers together. The two island doctors provide an information sheet to families who might want their help. As a result Denman now has both a formalized, non-profit society offering local burial services and an informal all-volunteer group offering local funeral services.