Big 2019 Wins for Family-Led Deathcare in Ontario – Part 2!

By Adriane Weller

Feb 8, 2020

Community Deathcare Canada’s Legislative Committee’s Ontario working group (CDC-ON) continued to achieve exciting things for Ontario Family-Led Deathcare (FLDC) and Green Burial (GB) in the second half of 2019!

  • CDC-ON continued to attend quarterly meetings with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) in September and November.
  • CDC-ON worked further with the BAO to include FLDC and GB in BAO resources for Ontarians:
  • BAO continued to speak to and clarify FLDC and GB for Ontario consumers and Death Service providers:
  • CDC-ON was invited to present a FLDC & GB Lunch and Learn to the BAO. This 90-minute presentation was given Nov 5th, was attended by 20 staff, and was very well-received. In-depth curated resources were provided.
  • CDC-ON successfully achieved updates to ServiceOntario Death Care webpages that now provide direct statements on FLDC and links for families to obtain Cremation Certificates from the Chief Coroner.
  • CDC-ON was approached by an Oregon FLDC advocate regarding their desire to use the page 8 chart in the new BAO Guide to Death Care in Ontario as a template to describe and share FLDC rights in Oregon. The BAO kindly provided permission and a similar chart is now on their Oregon FLDC website.
  • CDC-ON hosted a table on FLDC at the Modern Death Expo (Swan Song Event) in Elora on Oct 19th
  • CDC-ON continued an extensive and ongoing survey of crematories in Ontario, regarding their cooperation with FLDC. The final results of this survey will be presented to the BAO in early 2020.

Thanks to those on the CDC-ON committee: Laura Eisan, Ellen Newman, Rochelle Martin, and Adriane Weller for their great work on these projects!

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Big Wins for Family-Led Deathcare in Ontario!

By Adriane Weller

June 25, 2019

Community Deathcare Canada’s Legislative Committee’s Ontario working group (CDC-ON) has achieved some exciting things for Ontario Family-Led Deathcare (FLDC) and Green Burial (GB) in the first half of 2019!

  • CDC-ON established quarterly meetings with the Registrar of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO).  CDC-ON attended the first two 2019 meetings in February and June.
  • CDC-ON was granted, via a fellow Ontarian FLDC consumer and advocate, a meeting with Green Party MPP Mike Schreiner to discuss FLDC in Ontario and highlight some key questions and concerns regarding current legislation.
  • Mr. Schreiner’s Office then forwarded CDC-ON’s Concerns Document directly to the Legislative Library of Ontario for clarification.
  • CDC-ON thoroughly reviewed the BAO’s Guide to Death Care in Ontario and submitted a list of proposed updates that would better include and accurately represent FLDC and GB in ON.
  • The majority of these suggestions were approved and incorporated by the BAO.  This updated Guide to Death Care in Ontario is now available online and in print.  These changes are significant and progressive – especially the *chart on page 8* – a very positive step forward for the accurate recognition and understanding of Family-Led Deathcare and Green Burial in Ontario.
  • CDC-ON created and is undertaking an extensive and ongoing survey of crematories in Ontario, regarding their cooperation with FLDC.
  • CDC-ON was supported by the Chief Coroner of Ontario in connecting with ServiceOntario to request accurate updates to their Ontario Death Care webpages, and to announce and describe the pathway for families to obtain Cremation Certificates directly from the Coroner.
  • CDC-ON successfully contacted the ON government, and was invited to participate in a meeting with the Electronic Death Registration (EDR) project working group.  Our advocacy for clear and direct citizen access to Ontario’s future EDR system was well-received.  CDC-ON has been invited to continue to participate in these conversations, as the EDR system is developed.
  • CDC-ON, with FLDC consumer help, has compiled and presented to the BAO compelling examples of the challenges Ontario families are facing in our attempts to care for our own dead, and access GB services in Ontario.  The BAO has welcomed these examples as a valuable inroad to consumer perspectives.

Thanks to those on the CDC-ON committee: Barb Phillips, Laura Eisan, Ellen Newman, Rochelle Martin, and Adriane Weller for their great work on these projects!

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