Community-centred deathcare is the practice of assisting individuals, families and communities in navigating their journeys through dying and deathcare. This may include:

  • Offering public and private education about dying and deathcare
  • Modeling death acceptance, and a mature understanding of death
  • Supporting and encouraging a person who is dying
  • Supporting and encouraging a dying person’s loved ones and community

Facilitating key decisions regarding deathcare

  • Helping the dying person and their loved ones discover resilience and connections with one another where possible
  • Helping loved ones consider what is required of them as caregivers, in each phase of the death process and how to take care of themselves
  • Being present – offering a deep listening stance throughout the dying process, and after, as stories are recalled and grief is expressed
  • Helping to mediate difficult conversations between loved ones and professionals when necessary, and when invited to do so

Helping to clarify care options (before, during and after death) and how to navigate the system

Assisting the person who is dying and loved ones to organize pertinent paper work and make necessary plans – advance care planning, obituary notice, funeral/memorial arrangements, disposition options, financial plans

  • Helping loved ones learn how to take care of the body at death and prepare the body for visits from family and friends
  • Helping loved ones identifying and access appropriate and meaningful disposition alternatives
  • Helping to discover and carry out meaningful ceremony before, during and after death
  • Offering bereavement support, encouraging access to supports for complicated grief