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Death is a highly personal experience, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. We believe that having a support system in place is the best way to ease the burden for everyone. A holistic plan encompasses the time prior to death, through the time of the funeral, and into the weeks beyond. It is important also to consider the needs and desires of the person dying, as well as those that will be caretaking and grieving.
Hunter Funerals would be honoured to walk you through making your own personal plan. To get you started, we have compiled this list of resources to explore.
Death doulas, or end-of-life doulas, support people throughout the dying process. Doula is a Greek word meaning servant or helper. The type of support provided to each client will be different based on their needs and desires, but the aim of a death doula is to educate people and empower them to make decisions that will bring comfort and dignity to the dying.
You can read more about death doulas on the End of Life Doula Association of Canada website.
We recommend Michelle Stokotelny of The Spirit Guided Path, who offers end-of-life doula services in the Winnipeg area.
CASKETS & URNS
The Village Casket Maker
I am just thrilled that Winnipeg has The Village Casket Maker as part of our community. Rick is such a friendly, passionate, and caring business owner. His products are environmentally conscious, beautiful, well-made and far more affordable than the typical options available at most funeral homes. Rick provides caskets as well as urns, all hand-made in his workshop at his home here in Winnipeg. We can do all the leg-work and provide one of Rick's pieces for you, or you can visit his workshop to view his work for yourself and make a selection. Check out his website to see all his products and read his story ~ this is a real local gem!
Palliative care is provided through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to individuals who have received a terminal diagnosis and are expected to live approximately 6 months or less. A doctor must refer the individual to Palliative Manitoba in order for the individual to be assessed and a care plan developed. Palliative care can be provided in your home, a personal care home, a hospice facility, or in the palliative care ward in a hospital. Here are some resources to explore if you or someone you love is facing this situation.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS GREEN BURIAL?
The concept of a green burial is to return the body to the earth with minimal environmental impact. The main guiding principles are to forego embalming, to use only burial containers made of biodegradable materials, and for the land to be managed as natural habitat. You can learn more by visiting the websites of The Green Burial Society of Canada or The Green Burial Council or by attending one of our events!
WHAT DO I DO WHEN A DEATH OCCURS?
In most cases, a death is not an emergency. Take your time. One of the first things to do is to select a funeral home if you haven't already done so. The deceased may have left instruction as to where they may have pre-purchased some funeral services and merchandise. If not, take the time to call some different funeral homes and select the one that best fits with your family's needs and values. Once you have selected a professional to help you, they will be able to guide you through the rest of the process.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EMBALMING?
Embalming is an invasive procedure which uses toxic chemicals to temporarily preserve a dead body, delaying decomposition until after burial. Embalming can restore a more youthful appearance to the skin and make the body appear closer to an alive version of themselves. Except in certain rare circumstances, embalming is not recommended by Hunter Funerals; however, we support individual choice and can easily arrange for the procedure as part of your funeral care.
Generally, yes, there are many locations where it is legal in Manitoba to scatter cremated remains. Scattering on private property is allowed with the owner's consent. Scattering on crown land is also acceptable, including in any of our provincial parks. If you choose to enlist Hunter Funerals to help with your funeral services, we can support you in preparing for and performing this significant ritual.