Parkview Cemetery's New Expansion Opening - June 16, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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

A Will for The Woods - April 19, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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 humor, 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.

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

Reep Green Solutions: Sustainable Living Series - February 10, 2018

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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 Waterloo Region?

• Where do we go from here?

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Reep Green Solutions
20 Mill Street
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 2Y3

Good Green Death Forum - October 28, 2017

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

Attendees will get a chance to view a couple of Ted Talks and participate in panel discussions afterward.

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 the Urban Death Project 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 Cafe 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's website: "...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.

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