Creating an Ethical Will

(also available in French)

Workshop description:  This workshop describes an ethical will and how it can help transfer values and information from one generation to the next.  An ethical will is of great value to survivors and their families.  It is also an interesting activity for persons interested in creating a biographic and genealogical record.

Topics covered

  • Leaving a special and meaningful message to your survivors
  • Capturing information about your achievements
  • Identifying the challenges you have overcome
  • Which relationships have meant the most to you


Denis Marcoux is a funeral director with Voluntas Commemoration with over 40 years’ experience in various settings across Canada.  He has been involved in palliative care for 20 years as a volunteer and board member, serving as President of the West Island Palliative Care Residence for seven years.

During his career, Denis has studied how society memorializes its dead and how the living can assist their families and loved ones in creating a lasting heritage of memories and accomplishments. He has a special interest in bereavement, especially in helping men. Denis spent several months accompanying men in group sessions and has gained considerable insight through this experience.

Agenda and activities: (approximately 2.5 to 3 hours)

  • Presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Go over questions that assist in creating an ethical will
  • Getting it recorded and written
  • Final comments and review

 Materials provided:

  • Pen, paper and workbook
  • List of questions

Dealing with 100% Certainty

(also available in French)

Presentation description:  This workshop, “Dealing with 100% certainty,” provides useful information on dealing with funeral arrangements, organizing affairs prior to death and settling estates. Although the subject is serious and thought-provoking, the approach is a casual conversational style with lighter moments and a lot of very useful tips that will help save money and valuable time.  There are many stories and experiences to share.

Topics covered:

  • Pre-arrangement do’s and don’ts
  • Preparing for the inevitable – get organized
  • Green funerals
  • Estate settlement – helping the survivors
  • Bereavement support


Stéphanie Côté-Marcoux is the owner of Voluntas Commemoration and a licensed funeral director and embalmer with over 20 years’ experience in helping families deal with end-of-life planning and creating meaningful celebrations (funerals).

Stéphanie is a graduate of the Funeral Service program of Rosemont College and has also studied at Hautes Études Commerciales, McGill University and the Thomas More Institute.  She was also a bereavement facilitator with the West Island Palliative Care Residence and is actively involved in her community.

Agenda and activities: (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours)

  • Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Questions and answers
  • Discussion
  • Final comments and review