Info & Guides

Way To Go – In the educational component of our monthly meetings, we learned about natural burial and community-led death care. Committees were formed, and these options are now offered on Quadra Island. 

Community-Led DeathCare – This is a group of volunteers who are ready, on short notice, to provide practical and emotional support to those approaching or navigating death. In the past, communities cared for their own at death, simply & naturally. Death was a part of life, and death care was shared by friends and neighbours. We are your friends and neighbours, knowledgeable, willing and able to lend helping hands. Link to Community-Led Deathcare for more information.

Natural Burial – there is a section on the south side of the Quadra island Cemetery on Heriot Bay Road designated for natural (green) burials. As simply and naturally as possible, the body is returned to the earth, and the earth returned to nature. The non-embalmed body is clothed or wrapped in biodegradable material and placed in a locally sourced biodegradable box. The area above the grave is marked with a biodegradable marker, and the surface covered with vegetative materials and small native plants. Those buried in this section, rather than having an individual tombstone, are commemorated in a communal memorialization structure (which has yet to be built). The Quadra Island Cemetery Society volunteers manage the burials. Call John Grimstead (250) 285-2859 or Alf Williamson (250) 285-5859 to arrange a burial or prepay for a plot.

Articles in Discovery Islander – Each issue of the Discovery Islander contains an article about death, dying, or grief written by a community member.

For a list of past articles, select the “Discovery Islander Articles” category in the list to the right.

Way To Go Guide – After meeting for four years, one of our members put together a duo-tang of the educational topics to date. A paper copy can be purchased at Inspirations on Quadra for $5 or the pdf version is free.