Resources & Links : After Death Care

Natural Transitions: A magazine and resource to green and holistic approaches to end of life.

National Home Funeral Alliance: Educates and empowers families who want to care for their own dead. Connects families with resources to "promote environmentally sound and culturally nurturing death practices". 

Death, Funerals, Cremation and Burial NZ:  This report provides a summary of public submissions in response to the Consultation Document released in November 2019. It includes findings for policy development for the Ministry of Health and highlights areas for future policy work.

 

Funeral Consumers Alliance, New Zealand:   The goal of Funeral Consumers Alliance is to ensure consumers are fully prepared and protected when planning a funeral for themselves or their loved ones. They do this by offering objective facts about funeral planning so families can plan a meaningful goodbye that fits their needs and their budget.

Natural Burials New Zealand:  They are the not-for-profit organisation that introduced certified natural burials to New Zealand and advises local councils on how to establish natural burial cemeteries across the country. They promote, certify and monitor cemeteries, coffin makers and funeral directors for adherence to our standards. We advise consumers of their rights.

 

Amy Cunningham's "The Inspired Funeral":    When death looms, we are all lost children. This is when we long for ritual and ceremony to help us honour our humanity and feel held by something larger. We've found some of our favourite readings to share with you, and ceremony templates to help you envision what might be possible. Use them to create what fits the dying or deceased person you are honouring, your family and friends.

Spirit Vessel:   Handcrafted Ceramic Urns and Personalised Celebration of Life Ceremonies.

Grief

What’s Your Grief?:     Grief is a complex topic. Grief is an emotional, logistical, and existential nightmare. It requires us to navigate life without someone important, deal with overwhelming thoughts and feelings, and find ways to function in a world turned on its head.  

Compassion Books:   We offer exceptional materials to people of all ages to help them grow through the losses they experience in life. We honour people of various beliefs and strive to be sensitive to the differences and similarities in their meaning-making process. 

The Dougy Center:  The mission of Dougy Center is to provide grief support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families can share their experiences before and after a death. 

The Handbook for Companioning the Mourner, by Alan Wolfelt:  Partly a counselling model and partly an explanation of true empathy, this handbook explores the ways companionship eases grief. For caretakers who work with grieving people or for friends and family just hoping to stay close, 11 tenets are outlined for mourner-led care. These simple rules call for understanding another person's pain, listening with the heart rather than the head, not filling up every minute with words, respecting confusion and disorder, and relying on curiosity rather than expertise.