Community Articles
Go to Site Index See "Community Articles" main page
General News · 24th June 2020
Margaret Verschuur
This announcement has no relation to Covid-19; we have been working toward this goal long before the virus became a part of our lives.

We are honoured to offer free Community-Led Death Care to our community. Death is often challenging and sometimes traumatic, yet a normal and necessary part of human life. Taking responsibility for the care of our deceased loved ones can make the experience of death more real and meaningful, as well as open us up to the process of grief. Many people don’t know that tending to the body of a loved one in their own home is possible, or don’t have the knowledge and support needed to make this choice. Trained and knowledgeable volunteers in our community are now available to help.

The following brochure can be picked up from various places in the community, including the Cortes Health Centre and Whaletown and Manson’s Landing Post Offices.

Cortes Community-Led Death Care
“Islanders Helping Islanders”

We are a group of volunteers who are ready, on short notice, to provide practical and emotional support to those approaching or navigating death. In the past communities cared for their own at death, simply and naturally. Death was a part of life, and death care shared by friends and neighbours. We are your friends and neighbours, knowledgeable and able to lend helping hands.

Many people are not aware that in British Columbia it is legal to care for a body at home. Family and friends are allowed to sit with, wash, dress, and otherwise tend to the body. They can build a casket, make funeral arrangements, and transport the body to the graveyard or crematorium. Participating in these tasks and accompanying a body right to the end can be enriching. If this is a choice you would like to make for yourself or a loved one, it would be our honour to guide and support you.

For assistance, contact one of the coordinators. He or she will work with you to determine the type of help needed and make arrangements with the volunteers.

To request help email

or contact one of the Coordinators

Carina Verhoeve (250) 935-6793
Emma Tius (250) 208-4468
Samantha Sttaton (250) 935-0276
Ayton Novak (604) 910-6215

If you would like to learn more about this service, please be in touch. It is while people are healthy, competent and alive that the best decisions can be made.

"We are all just walking each other home"
Ram Dass