Fee Schedule

Barb Phillips - Thanadoula

Did you know that the average cost of a conventional funeral care in Canada (including casket and taxes; excluding burial or cremation costs) is approximately $8,500 while a home directed, alternative funeral costs from $1,000 - $1,500.

If you would like to discuss how my Thanadoula services can assist you, and your loved ones, through this process; please don't hesitate to contact me.

Your research allowed our family to absolutely grant my mother's wishes surrounding final arrangements. I know this clarity provided my Mother with great peace of mind. She knew about every step along the way and participated in every decision as well.

This advocacy and research performed by you helped save our family about $7,000 in fees we would have otherwise paid as a result of lack of knowledge & not knowing the most effective means to achieve what my Mother wanted for final arrangements.
Michael Crane

Initial Consultation


  • A no-obligation discussion with the dying and family to determine your needs and wishes. Bring your questions, and I will bring the answers.

Developing a Care Plan

$200 - Payment due following meeting.

    Completion of an Intake Form describing:
  • What your main concerns are at this time
  • Existing challenges/needs and those anticipated in the future
  • Medical conditions and symptoms
  • Treatments client is receiving
  • Care/support services you are receiving
  • Primary reasons for seeking support services
  • How you wish to live out the remainder of your life
  • Your wishes and ideas about the end of your life, being with family, who you want to see, what you wish to do now, what should happen nearer the time of death, and what should happen after death.

Advance Care Planning & Implementation

$50/person + mileage for subsequent meetings @ $0.55/km

  • Defining what an advance care plan is, and its importance.
  • Determining what treatments, and care decisions the client wants.
  • Resources offered to better understand the term "life sustaining treatments."
  • Determining, and documenting, what are acceptable and unacceptable conditions.

Estate Planning and Guide


  • Providing a document to complete one's personal vital information.

Companionship & Support Services for Client &/or Family

$30/hour + mileage

  • Providing physical, emotional and spiritual support for clients, and families, when medical professionals, and other support personnel, may be unavailable. (In hospital, nursing home or home )

Educational Services

$30/hour + mileage

  • Provide reassurance, and educate the dying person, and their family, about the process, and experience of dying.
  • Discuss Palliative Care/Hospice considerations.
  • Provide literature, to assist families in understanding what is required for caring a loved one at home, during their last stage of living.
  • Grief and bereavement.

Co-ordinate with Healthcare Professional/Agencies on your behalf


  • Correspond with professional/agencies by telephone, fax and email.
  • Liaise with health professionals/agencies.

Education & Consultation/Family-Directed Home Funerals

Please Inquire

  • Clarify and educate families on components of a family-directed home funeral. Please contact whisperingpinesstudios@gmail.com if interested in more information.

Life-Cycle Celebrant® Officiating Funerals & Memorials


  • Providing a personal, dignified end-of-life tribute to your loved one.
  • Write a ceremony, and eulogy, that accurately reflects the life and beliefs of the person who has died.
  • Suggest meaningful ways, to honour, and celebrate, your loved one’s life.

Life-Cycle Celebrant® Officiating Cremation/Graveside/Ceremonies


Follow-up Consultations