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03 April, 2020
5:30 PM
Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3 NS

April 3 – April 5, 2020 Fri 5:30 PM – Sun 2:00 PM


In a different time and place, we knew how to care for our loved ones as they were dying.  It was something we did as a community and learned from our ancestors. Today, as we reclaim this knowledge and learn about practices and our options, we can create personal and meaningful vigils and funerals at home.

In this hands-on workshop, we learn about the importance of ceremony and the practice of rituals for the different stages, before and after death (To do at home or in the hospital). We see opportunities to claim final moments of intimacy in a sacred space during times that are often difficult. By being involved we become more present which can soothe the feeling of helplessness that death sometimes brings.

As a community of like-minded people, we now have an opportunity to regain the skills that we need to care for our own.

Note: This program is does not teach Indigenous ceremony. It teaches tools to create meaningful ritual for our loved ones and communities – regardless of religious/spiritual tradition.

With this workshop, we can rediscover the lost art of:

  • Moving, washing and dressing a live model’s body
  • The legalities regarding self-transportation and all logistical paperwork
  • Natural Burial and Funerals
  • Rituals and ceremonies and the importance of having them
  • Shrouding and casketing
  • Anointment ritual before/after death
  • Home Funerals/Vigils (For at home or the hospital)
  • Importance of planning ahead and sharing our wishes

We will also touch on topics such as:

  • Unexpected death – Holding space in the Emergency Room
  • Stillbirth/ Infant death – Bringing baby home
  • Self-care for caregivers – Preventing burnout
  • Transitions rituals

Please register at least as early as possible to secure your place in this program.

Program Cost: $557(tuition, meals & accommodation)

Local Price: $477 (without overnight)


Can’t afford it?

 Please register as normal and indicate “partial bursary” or “full bursary” in the payment options and fill out the online Bursary Application Form.

*photo Credit: Katie Aven

Leadership – Denise Leblanc

Born in Memramcook (New Brunswick), Denise is an intuitive facilitator with a deep love of nature.  Over the past 30 years, Denise has facilitated and coordinated many groups advocating an experiential approach through exploration and creativity. She brings this experience in her work as a Guide.

Her mission is to inform, equip, and empower people in their desire and responsibility of Living Well & Dying in peace. It’s an invitation to contemplate and engage in important conversations. Honor your life and your ancestors. Share your wishes and have your affairs in order. Recognize the transitions and importance of rituals. Live your life at its best.

Denise has a bachelor of Recreation from the University of Moncton, a certificate in Adult Education from Saint Francis Xavier University, and a certificate in Creative facilitation from the Tatamagouche Centre. More recently she studied Home Death Care & Rituals with Sarah Kerr (Death Doula) and Don Morris (Home funeral practicum). She is a licensed guide with Willow Inspired End of Life Planning and has recently received the Autopoetic Facilitator Certification program with Anne Bérubé, PhD, Hay House author of “Be Feel Think Do”.  She renewed her love of nature by completing the Nothing Missing Leadership program with Jim Drescher at Windhorse Farm.

She actively participates in informing the public on Natural Burial and Funerals in collaboration with Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDP).

Leadership – Jules Jones

Jules Jones resides in New Brunswick and has a background in banking and business administration. After being in the corporate world for many years, Jules realized that she needed something more fulfilling and meaningful.  She has always had a passion for helping people, so she decided to become involved with the Community Deathcare movement and studied with the Beyond Yonder Virtual School for Community Deathcaring Canada to become a Death Doula and Death Educator.

Jules is the founder and owner of A Mindful Death Doula Services.  She brings the tradition of caring for our dying and dead loved ones back to our communities and to modern times. She is very passionate about supporting families and their loved ones through their sacred transition into death by protecting and holding space for them.