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Rituals for Body Care

September 16th, 2016

With guest presenter Tiffany Hansen, Licensed Funeral Director

Caring for the bodies of our dead can be a profoundly healing act

For the few days between death and burial or cremation, families have the option to care for their deceased loved one’s body themselves. This tender act can aid in grieving, bring a sense of fulfillment, and help families, including children, to meet death as something normal and natural.

Some families have the energy and support they need to care for their loved one’s body at home. Others are better served by working with a funeral home that allows them to participate in parts of the process. What’s important is that families know their options, and are assisted at each step to make the choices that are right for them.

Topics covered include:

  • Family-led body care
  • Hands-on skills including universal precautions, washing, dressing, and transportation
  • Detailed outline of Alberta-specific legal rights and responsibilities (similar, but not identical, to other jurisdictions)
  • Ceremony and ritual
  • Skills for holding sacred space, and bringing meaning to body-care practices
  • Rituals for body transfer, washing, viewing, cremation and interment
  • Collaboration and options
  • Overview of ecological disposition options, including caskets, shrouds, green burial and cremation practices
  • Opportunities for families, practitioners, and funeral directors to cooperate on flexible and innovative services for healing

This workshop is designed for family and community members, end-of-life practitioners, and funeral professionals. It will focus on ways that these groups can work together, for the benefit of bereaved families.


September 16th, 2016
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