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           Victoria and Vancouver Island
General Resources Medical Services

Advance Care Planning

Hospice and Palliative Care
Advance Care Planning Family Caregiving Hospice & Palliative Care Family Caregiving
Home Support Services Family/ Elder Mediation Family Caregiving Right to Die
Elder Abuse Hospice and Palliative Care Elder Law, Mediation, and Elder Abuse Elder Law and Mediation
Death Midwifery/Home Funerals Funeral Celebrants Grief/Bereavement support Pan-death Movement and Resources
Green Burial and supplies Grief/ Bereavement Services    

Please see the CINDEA Pre- and Post- Death pages for further resources — Canadian-wide, and in B.C.


Victoria and Vancouver Island

General Resources
Seniors Serving Seniors, and Senior' Services Directory (updated directory of a wide range of services for seniors)
Seniors 101 website (information and activities for seniors)
Elder Friendly Community Network
Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria
Medical Services
  VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority) — a wide range of information including General Health Information, Advance Care Planning, Home and Community Care, Publicly Subsidized Services, and Finding Care (doctors, residential facilities, etc.)
Alzheimer Society of Vancouver Island, and Living with Dementia
 
Advance Care Planning
  My Voice Advance Care Planning Guide
Journeying Beyond — Victoria — 'end of life' consultation, Death Midwifery and related services Email: contact us or phone Pashta MaryMoon (250) 383-4065; phone or Skype consultation also available
Family Caregiving
  Family Caregivers’ Network Society support groups, telephone or in-person caregiver support, referrals, workshops/teleseminars
Yakimovich Wellness Centre — free workshops on Advance Care Planning, Elder Abuse, Living with Dementia, and various other issues
Adult Day Respite Care (subsidized)
Lotsa Helping Hands an online way to develop communities of support for individual caregiving (or volunteer support) within your own area (Canada, U.S.A. and elsewhere)
Home Support Services
  Seniors Serving Seniors directory of home help/care services in Victoria, as well as other services
Family, Elder & General Mediation
  South Island Dispute Resolution Centre
E~merging Beyond mediation services
Elder Abuse
  B.C. Association of Community Response Networks a diverse group of concerned community members who come together to create a coordinated community response to adult abuse, neglect and self-neglect see Island listings halfway down the page
Seniors Advocacy & Information Line (SAIL) safe place for older adults to speak to a trained professional about situations where they were abused or mistreated toll free 1-866-437-1940
Hospice and Palliative Care
  Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices (north and south island)
Victoria Hospice Society, including Home Care, Hospital Care (and hospice unit), When and How to Register, bereavement services, and education/courses
Sooke Hospice Society
Saanich Peninsula Palliative Care Program
Salt Spring Hospice
Cowichan Valley Hospice Society
Nanaimo Community Hospice

Oceanside Hospice Society (Qualicum Beach and Parksville)

Alberni Valley Hospice Society.
Pacific Rim Hospice Society (serving Ucluelet, Tofino and the neighbouring First Nations Communities)
Campbell River Hospice Society
Comox Valley Hospice Society
Death Midwifery/Home Funerals (pan-death care, at home post-death care, and funerals/memorials)
 
Journeying Beyond — Victoria — 'end of life' consultation, Death Midwifery and related services Email: contact us or phone Pashta MaryMoon (250) 383-4065; phone or Skype consultation also available (see also En~chanting Beyond and E~merging Beyond websites)
Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service (including doing it on your own see Making Your Own Funeral Arrangements)
Funeral Celebrants
  Journeying Beyond — Victoria — Death Midwifery and related services Email: contact@beyonds.ca or phone Pashta MaryMoon (250) 383-4065; phone or Skype consultation also available
Green Burial and supplies
  Royal Oak Burial Park Woodlands — the first fully Green Burial Ground in Canada.   
Little Spirit Garden a joint project between Royal Oak Burial Ground and Saanich Legacy Foundation is a dedicated public memorial space where parents and families can grieve loss of a pregnancy or the death of a baby at (or soon after) birth, even if the family doesn't know where their child's remains are, or if the death happened a long time ago ; and is accessible to everyone of any age, faith, culture, sexuality and regardless of the circumstances of the loss.   It is the first of its kind in Canada.
O.U.R. Ecovillage — burial of ashes on land forever protected from development under The Land Conservancy of B.C.
Earth’s Option Cremation and Burial Services — caskets and shrouds for green burial
Art World Gouache paints (opaque) suitable for painting coffins for Green Burial or cremation (from M. Graham Co.)
CINDEA 's Post-death Care page offers 6 designs for shrouds that can be used for green burials or cremation (includes graphic and written instructions in the patterns)
Grief and Bereavement Services (including the loss of a child before or after birth)
 

Support Following a Death (Victoria Hospice bereavement support) a wide variety of different kinds of grief/bereavement services and support groups for individuals, families and children

BC Bereavement Helpline free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Outside Greater Vancouver: 1-877-779-2223
Compassionate Friends (when a child dies) — see Victoria contacts on the B.C. chapter page — offers support in the grief and trauma which follows the death of a child, no matter the age or cause.   The local group meet monthly; and host the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting service, as well as other events.   For further information, contact Compassionate Friends-Victoria
Little Spirit Garden—A Community Remembers Facebook page support between families/friends in Victoria to acknowledge and grieve the loss of their child before or at birth
Empty Arms Facebook page a support group in Victoria, supporting families who have experienced a pregnancy or birth loss

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Major B.C. Resources

Advance-Care Planning
 

BC Goverment advice on advance-care planning (including Advance Directives)

BC Medical Association on Advance Directives, Incapacity Planning (includes downloadable forms for Representation Agreements and Enduring Power of Attorney)
NIDUS Representation Agreements for the Representative — as well as Power of Attorney, monitors, etc. and other advance-care planning information
Advance Directives with Developmentally Disabled — concerns and cautions (from BC Association for Community Living)
Ulysses Agreement for planned support for those with mental illnesses (from the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society)
Public Guardian and Trustee of B.C. on health, financies and personal care management — as well as legal guardian issues, and estate and personal trusts
CINDEA — has a comprehensive Advance Directive/Expressd Wishes (personal care) form and Representation Agreement template available to members (and clients of Journeying Beyond)contact CINDEA for information on membership and the document (see also the CINDEA Advance Care Planning page for further information on both documents)
Hospice and Palliative Care
  Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association — including Directory of Hospice Palliative Care Services [Note: there doesn't appear to be a listing of Hospice Societies just for B.C., but they are included within the list for all of Canada under Hospice Societies.]
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association — collective voice in BC and Yukon re advocacy with municipal, provincial and territorial elected officials — ensuring that all Canadian have the ability to die with dignity, free of pain, surrounded by loved ones, and in a setting of their choice.
Family Caregiving
  The Family Caregiver B.C. — as well as information by disease (lower right of site page) see also the Care-Ring Network (free caregiving teleseminars, newsletter, and other information)
Elder Law, Mediation, and Abuse issues
  Canadian Centre for Elder Law and information on Elder Abuse resources in provinces/territories
BC Law Institute search for the word 'elder' to view studies and changes in elder law in B.C.
BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support justice and abuse issues for seniors
B.C. Association of Community Response Networks a diverse group of concerned community members who come together to create a coordinated community response to adult abuse, neglect and self-neglect
B.C. Ombudsperson office for seniors' issues support in dealing with problems related to any kind of organization/institution serving seniors
Grief/Bereavement support
  BC Bereavement Helpline — free and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Outside Greater Vancouver: 1-877-779-2223
Compassionate Friends (when a child dies) B.C. chapter — offers support in the grief and trauma which follows the death of a child, no matter the age or cause

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Major Canadian Resources

Hospice and Palliative Care
  Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association — including Directory of Hospice Palliative Care Services — a list of national and provincial organizations; as well as excellent, comprehensive resources on end-of-life issues
Canadian Virtual Hospice — includes resources for B.C. Advance Care Planning (several pages of resources — look for those with your province/territory named), Advance Care Planning Workbook (downloadable PDF), and 'Ask a Professional' on-line services
Speak Up — Provincial /Territorial resources for Advance Care Planning
Family Caregiving
  The Family Caregiver information for all provinces/territories, as well as by disease (lower right of site page)
The Care-Ring Network — free teleseminars (presented by the Family Caregivers Network and other groups) for caregivers and volunteers, as well as information, articles and resources
Caregiving Matters — Education and support for family caregivers who are dealing with the declining health and death of a parent or family member.
Right to Die
  Dying with Dignity (of Canada) — A national organization dedicated to improving the quality of dying and expanding end-of-life choices in Canada includes related Canadian news and articles 55 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 802, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1G8, CANADA.    Tel: (416) 486-3998 or toll-free at 1-800-495-6156, Fax: (416) 486-5562, E-mail: info@dyingwithdignity.ca
Right to Die Society of Canada — 145 Macdonell Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6R 2A4 Tel: (416) 535-0690 Toll-free: 1-866-535-0690 Email: info@righttodie.ca
Elder Law and Mediation
  Canadian Centre for Elder Law and information on Elder Abuse resources in provinces/territories
Elder Mediation Canada — including roster of Elder Mediators in Canada
Pan-death Movement and Resources see the CINDEA pages on
  Pan-death Movement
Death Midwifery
Resources in Canada Pre-death
Resources in Canada Post-death
Further Post-death Care Information
 

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