OUR GOODS are carefully chosen for their quality and their environmental standards.
Whenever possible, we feature goods made by local artists and crafters.
OUR SERVICES are offered to support and assist individuals, families and communities
in all aspects of end-of-life and after-death care,
and with the issues, decisions and emotions encountered.
WE OFFER Resources, Tools, Education, Assistance, Support and Counsel
in a supportive and open environment.
We have a lending library of books, CDs and DVDs;
a reference library; a book store, and home funeral supplies.
Our free hand-outs include advance health directives and durable power of attorney forms.
WHY 'THE DEATHSTORE'
To speak to the largest definition of “Sustainable Living”
we must identify the “death phobia” in our culture,
where aversion, denial and avoidance are the norm.
This shows up across all demographics.
That relationship to our approaching death can only lead to “life-phobia”,
the inability and unwillingness to be fully alive, because to be fully alive requires an honest
and living relationship to our approaching death. We will die and we don’t know when.
Everyone we know will die and we don’t know when.
Our death phobia, coupled with most of us having moved our residence a number of times, as well as having lost any real connection to our ancestors…. leaves us as orphans and homeless.
Add to this, our disconnect from the “holy”.
This causes a “hole” in our being-ness, leaving us desperately hungry and needy.
Without acknowledging this hole, we will continue to “consume the earth”, being hard on the people around us, and all other life, even when we’re all recycling and driving electric cars.
THE DEATHSTORE is a response to this death-phobia/ life-phobia.
As well, it is a step towards reclaiming what we, as a community, have given away.
By having given away the caring for our dying and dead to institutions and industry,
community work has become big business.
We have robbed ourselves of important soul work and community work, hindered our ability to grieve, and further separated ourselves from the natural world.
We have diminished death to something to be dealt with, a medical event,
rather than a sacred and powerful time.
THE DEATHSTORE seeks to re-invent and revolutionize the funeral home and the funeral industry, transforming the “business of dying” and returning it to “sacred service”, bringing forth options for end-of-life care and after-death care that are holistic, environmentally sustainable, community
and family based, and spiritually inclusive.
In bringing it forth as a “store”, prominent in the marketplace, that offers most services offered by a funeral home, and as a “resource center”, useful before someone dies,
we intend to stimulate and elevate the cultural conversation on aging, dying and death.
The hardware store, the shoe store, the clothing store, the grocery store, the death store.
Bringing dying and death into our everyday “commons”.
There is madness and imbalance afoot in the world and a revolution in consciousness is called for. THE DEATHSTORE is a response to this call.