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Feel free to come out and meet us in person while showing your support for the Good Green Death Project at one of our upcoming events!


Eco Market KW 2019

Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2R7

Waterloo Regional Council

150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2L9

Eco Market Pitch Competition

85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2H1

KW Awesome Foundation Pitch

The Working Centre, 58 Queen Street South. Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1V6

End of Life Planning Series

Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 5E2

Good Green Death Project – Brainstorming!

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0B4

Parkview Cemetery’s New Expansion Opening

Parkview Cemetery, 335 University Avenue East, Waterloo, Ontario N2K 3M7

A Will for The Woods

Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W8

Reep Green Solutions: Sustainable Living Series

Reep House for Sustainable Living, 20 Mill Street, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 2Y3

Good Green Death Forum

Williamsburg Cemetery, 1541 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener, Ontario N2R 1P6

Eco Market KW 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Waterloo Region Museum
10 Huron Road,
Kitchener, Ontario
N2P 2R7

Eco Market KW 2019 is returning for a full day of supporting, uplifting and showcasing Canadian green innovation, entrepreneurship, and community action. Our yearly big conference and the green event of the year! Featuring a highly curated marketplace, speakers all day, interactive activities for the full family and more, free to attend! For more details on our vendors, speakers and sponsors, click the links below!

Eco Market KW 2019 – Details & Information
Eco Market KW 2019 – Facebook Page
Eco Market KW 2019 – Twitter



Waterloo Regional Council

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Council Chamber at Regional Headquarters
150 Frederick Street, 2nd Floor
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 2L9

Susan will be attending a Waterloo Regional Council end of this month to ask for their support to create a composting facility. Though this meeting is not open to the general public, she can still use your support! If you live in Waterloo Region, or nearby and want to have composting as an alternative to cremation or burial, please send us a brief note on why you support this. Your notes will be given to council. Include your email and what area you live in.

Watch a video of Susan’s Delegation Here



The Eco Market Pitch Competition

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen Street North,
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 2H1

Join us on February 27th for The Eco Market Pitch Competition, in collaboration with Social Enterprise Southwest and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. Watch and support 8 green or social entrepreneurs as they pitch their business!

Most people aren’t aware that there has been a gap in the KW region for start up support to non-tech businesses founded by someone who isn’t a graduate from one of our local universities. As a result, many entrepreneurs, especially in the green and social space, have fallen through the cracks, which we think is a big disservice to our region because there’s so much value they bring.

Top 3 winners for the evening: 3) Communities for Conservation 2) All Things Preserved and 1) The Good Green Death Project.

First Prize – Awarded to Susan from The Good Green Death Project



KW Awesome Foundation Pitch

January 30, 2019
7:00 p.m.

The Working Centre
58 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 1V6

The KW Awesome Foundation is a local group of volunteer Trustees, who commit their time and money into funding great projects, ideas and causes in Waterloo Region. They award a $1,000 grant every two months through their Pitch Nights – where applicants come to speak in front of the group of Trustees, to convince them why their project is special. The winner takes home the grant money in cold, hard cash, with no strings attached. As always, the general public is welcome to check out these events.

KW Awesome Foundation
KW Awesome Foundation – Twitter



End of Life Planning Series

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.

Waterloo Public Library – Main Branch – Auditorium
35 Albert Street,
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 5E2

Green Alternatives to Death and Dying Practices

If you’re looking for more environmentally and family friendly alternatives to death and dying practices, join us for a discussion with Susan Koswan and Ellen Newman from the Good Green Death project. Topics will include:

  • Why our current death and dying practices are not sustainable.
  • What is a good green death?
  • What is currently available in the Waterloo Region?
  • Where do we go from here?


Good Green Death Project – Brainstorming!

Sunday, September 30, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
101 Father David Bauer Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 0B4

Changing our death and dying practices to create more environmentally and family friendly options is complex. Please join us to brainstorm how to move this issue forward – think outside of the casket! A big thanks to Councillor Mark Whaley and the City of Waterloo for the space and refreshments, and to Kate Pearce of Waterloo Global Science Initiative for facilitating the discussion.

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Parkview Cemetery’s New Expansion Opening

Saturday, June 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Parkview Cemetery
335 University Avenue East
Waterloo, Ontario
N2K 3M7

It’s not every day we have a party in the cemetery – but we are! Come check out the new cemetery expansion and stroll through a lovely park-like setting.

We’ll have a number of free events and activities planned for the whole family including guided tours of the adjacent woodland area where our staff experts will talk about wildlife and other interesting habitat of the woodlot. Take a tour of the crematorium or stop by one of our information booths to learn about our resident Osprey, talk to Waterloo’s master gardener and get tips on attracting bees and butterflies to your backyard.

There are free refreshments and a give-away of up to 300 perennial plants and wildflower seed packets to get your garden off to a great start.

Susan and Ellen will be there. Look also for our friend Jen Davis with her game, Exit Matters and the Green Burial Society of Canada.

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A Will for The Woods

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Princess Twin Cinemas
46 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 2W8

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.

With poignancy and unexpected humour, A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and one community’s role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement. As the film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy.

After the film join Good Green Death Project Instigators, Susan Koswan and Ellen Newman and other panellists to learn about their project, what green funeral and burial options are currently available in the region and get answers to all those questions you’ve been *dying* to ask.

Thank you to Hilton Landmarks, a division of GSP Group, for their sponsorship.

Watch the official trailer:

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Reep Green Solutions: Sustainable Living Series

Saturday, February 10, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Reep House for Sustainable Living
20 Mill Street
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 2Y3

The Sustainable Living Series is a monthly event series that focuses on helping you to live more sustainably in your day to day life.

We can’t escape the fact that we are mortal beings. If you’re dissatisfied, like we are, that the only options currently available in Ontario are environmentally harmful burial and cremation practices, then this workshop is for you. Welcome to the Good Green Death Project! Come to the Reep House to learn:

  • Why our current death and dying practices are not sustainable.
  • What is a Good Green Death?
  • What is currently available in the Waterloo Region?
  • Where do we go from here?

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The Good Green Death Forum

Saturday, October 28, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Williamsburg Cemetery
1541 Fischer-Hallman Road
Kitchener, Ontario
N2R 1P6

The Good Green Death Forum is taking place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Williamsburg Cemetery Dedication Centre from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Attendees will get a chance to view a couple of Ted Talks and participate in panel discussions afterwards. Attendance at this event my be used toward continuing education or professional development for BAO personal licensing renewal.

The first video will be A Burial Practice That Nourishes the Planet TED talk with Caitlin Doughty. Caitlin is the founder of the Order of the Good Death, owner of a funeral home in Los Angeles, and author of two books – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and From Here to Eternity, both exploring death attitudes and practices and promoting death positivity.

Panel participants for this portion are:

Trisha Bradshaw – Manager of Cemeteries, City of Kitchener
Bryce Crouse – Cemetery Manager, City of Waterloo
Marion Willms – Thanadoula and RN practicing in community nursing, owner of Departure Nurse
Ellen Newman – Licensed Funeral Director, Board member of the Green Burial Society of Canada and co-instigator of the Good Green Death project.

The second video will be Let’s Talk about Human Composting TED talk Katrina Spade Urban Death Project. Katrina Spade is the founder and executive director of Recompose and has a background in anthropology and architecture. She hit on the idea of human composting when designing a composting heating system for the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.

Panel participants for this portion are:

Susan Koswan – Instigator, Good Green Death Project
John Kloeze – Owner, Actium Composting

To finish off the afternoon, at around 2:40 pm, we invite participants to stay and take part in our Death Café. Death Café began in 2011 and was founded by John Underwood and Sue Barksy Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. Over 5,000 Death Cafe’s have taken place around the world since then. The first one in Canada took place in Vancouver in 2012. What is a Death Cafe? According to “…people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. (The) objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

The facilitators of the Death Café will be:

Jessica Purple Rodela – Minister, Grand River Unitarian Congregation
Michele Cadotte – Lay Chaplain, Grand River Unitarian Congregation

The event is free, but requires registration. As of writing, registration is full, but there is a waiting list. Send a note via the contact page indicating you wish to be put on the waiting list. We will let you know with as much advance notice as possible.