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           Victoria and the Gulf Islands
General Resources Hospice and Palliative Care

Advance Care Planning

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

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

Victoria and the Gulf Islands

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
Salish Sea Hospice Society (serving and offering a Companioning Conscious Dying online course)

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Other 'End of Life' Services

Victoria Hospice 'Life Stories' program — Victoria — Audio/Oral Histories (transferred to CDs), lead by Dan Curtis, professional Life Historian.

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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: or phone Pashta MaryMoon (250) 383-4065; phone or Skype consultation also available
Green Burial and supplies
  Royal Oak Burial Park Woodlands — Victoria, BC — the first fully Green Burial Ground in Canada  
about the Denman Island Memorial Society Green Burial Ground — Denman Island, BC — once completed, may be the first 'green burial only' cemetery in Canada for updates,
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)
Rawganique willow-hemp caskets — Denman Island, BC — handmade and completely eco-friendly, can be ordered in specific sizes and shipped world-wide
Little Spirit Garden Victoria, BC — 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 — Shawnigan Lake, BC — burial of ashes on land forever protected from development under The Land Conservancy of B.C.
Earth’s Option Cremation and Burial Services — Victoria, BC — caskets and shrouds for green burial
Art World Victoria, BC — Gouache paints (opaque) suitable for painting coffins for Green Burial or cremation (from M. Graham Co.)
Everygreen Cremation Centre Ltd — Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, BC — one of the few funeral homes that still offer plain cardboard caskets
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
The LGBT End-of-Life Conversations Website website — including a directory of LGBT-friendly 'end of life' services (blue square at the right, which is a downloadable PDF)
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)
Better at Home BC United Way program helping seniors remain at home as long as possible through various services, both professional and volunteer directory of organizations to contact in your area
Death Midwifery/Home Funerals support
  Carpenter Creek Last Wishes Society — A community resource for private burials for those in New Denver, BC and area.   Contact info.
Extra Supplies
Manta BC Hearse and Drivers — list of hearse companies that can be rented separately from a funeral home.
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