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Let’s Demystify Death

There are so many wonderful resources out there that are helping us demystify death, dying and grief and the many emotions that can surround the end-of-life. Here are a few of our favorite videos that offer unique ways to think and talk about end-of-life topics, on your own, with your kids, or in your community.

Puddle Jumping: How children can seem to move in and out of their grief

Produced by Child Bereavement UK

This is one of our go-to videos when supporting grieving families with young children, but really this concept applies to all of us. We were working with a group of adults recently and so many people identified with the idea of jumping out of the grief puddle too quickly (when it becomes uncomfortable or not accepted socially) or staying in too long (which can lead to depression).

If you or someone you know is grieving, the idea of puddle jumping may resonate.

Dying for Beginners

Narrated by Dr Kathryn Mannix. Produced by Emily Downe

This video helps normalize the process of dying, giving us some language to draw from so we can approach the end-of-life with more awareness and attention. We hope this video brings you some comfort and solace as you consider your own mortality.

Dear Death ~ A Love Letter

Written by Megan Sheldon. Produced by Felicia Chang Photography

We co-created this video after we hosted an End of Life Doula Retreat on Bowen Island, BC. We gathered 25 end of life care providers to talk about death, dying and the end of life experience. Together, we wrote letters to death, sharing what we wished we had known and what we hope others will learn before they die. With the support of ritual and ceremony, we created a beautiful container to hold our wishes and our intentions for how we can approach deathcare moving forward.

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Christa Ovenell, a funeral director and end-of-life doula with Death's Apprentice, recently shared how important her relationship with ritual is, not only in her own life but in the lives of those she cares for.