Let’s plan to have those important (but sometimes difficult) conversations

Not talking about important things is like trying to keep a secret – it takes energy! Speaking about it frees up that energy, leaving you room to find more joy in living your life. Whether it’s a major life change, a health concern, or ultimately how you’d like to leave this world, telling people your…

How to prepare for not having access to someone in quarantine or lockdown

Are you mentally prepared to have someone go into lockdown? Something on a lot of our minds these days is how to handle not having access to those we care about. Whether it’s because of self-isolation or quarantine, lockdown in a facility, or geographical distance that keeps us apart, this space between can lead to…

Preparing for Family Emergencies

At some point in your life you’ve likely had fire drills at school or work. You may use safety and emergency planning in your everyday life. You could have an evacuation plan in case of fire in your home. You might out on some protective gear before you take on a home improvement job. You…

Planning Important Conversations Around Mortality

Did you know? Not speaking about dying and death is like trying to keep a secret – it takes energy. Speaking about it frees up that energy, leaving you to get on with living. And we could all use more energy in our lives.   But before these conversations happen, we need to get comfortable…

Green Burial

GREEN BURIAL. WHAT IS IT? As life would have it, the jury is still out on what actually constitutes green burial. I personally like the Green Burial Society of Canada’s five principles, which I’ve paraphrased below: THE BODY is in a natural state. We can assume this means if you go out in a blaze…

Decision Making and Capacity Assessment

In keeping with our theme of caregiving, decision-making, and guardianship, at the latest Death Literacy YEG Meetup we discussed in more detail what the spectrum of capacity looks like, and how that may impact planning for and setting up the various levels of decision-making.   Capacity When we speak about someone’s capacity, we’re referring to…