Welcome to KORU Cremation | Burial | Ceremony

The Hummingbird Project is a collaboration of KORU and Simply Ceremony. As experienced funeral event planners, we appreciate the many hours of work and planning that goes into preparing for your unique ceremony. 

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Why Choose Us?

What would it be like if you felt supported, inspired and held by people who understood you? If you were guided by wise, caring women, who knew how to create a heart-warming Ceremony that reflected the person who has died? If this team took the stress from your shoulders and allowed you to focus on what was essential to begin a healthy grief path?

Like the aunties of old who would gather around, offer comfort, perhaps take over when necessary and provide things, you didn’t even know you needed. We help you imagine a ceremony that truly reflects the life and legacy of the person who has died. 

Whether you’re reading this because you are helping organize a loved one’s ceremony or if you are planning for your own, our team can work with you. 

We sit down with you, in your home, or KORU offices and imagine the perfect ceremony taking care of the nuts and bolts, the vision and the way forward. A carpenter and a dreamer,  A planner, and a facilitator.

The uniqueness of bringing together talent, lived experience, wisdom, creativity, compassion, empathy, fresh perspective, laughter, and deep caring. In the past, a memorial (or funeral) has been divided into the services (food, candles, flowers) and the stories (eulogy, speakers, music). We bring together our talent, experience, and compassion to create exceptional ceremony creations. 

Don’t be surprised to hear laughter, a wee bit of cursing and a deep understanding of your journey. 

We do {spiritual} ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.

– Elizabeth Gilbert

Meet Our Team

Lisa Hartley, Life-Cycle Celebrant.  Lisa listens deeply to people’s stories and brings them alive in a meaningful ceremony. With loving words and creative celebrations, she guides people through the significant moments of their lives. Lisa encourages and guides clients to remember and share their own stories. Through discussions, writing, ceremony design, and officiating the ceremony, Lisa helps her clients bring their stories to their friends, families, and communities. 

Ngaio Davis licensed Funeral Director and Ceremony Planner. With close to 20 years of experience, Ngaio is wholly present in each and every situation and listens to and through the words of the bereaved and respond appropriately. There is very little Ngaio hasn’t seen or dealt with around diverse, mourning rituals, family dynamics or unusual circumstances. Whatever ceremony you choose, Ngaio will be there to guide and assist you with her wisdom, dedication and gentle presence. 

Iris Paradela-Hunter, End of Life Educator and Ceremony Coordinator. The wide-ranging work experience of Iris in counselling, education, non-profit organization management, as well as her cultural and theatre background, gives her a fresh new perspective to creating ceremonies. She brings to the team her creativity, compassion, warmth and kick-ass skills in organizing, coordinating and problem-solving. 

What’s Next?

If you’re curious, want to find out if we are a good fit for you and your family and want to know more about how we can walk with you in your grieving process, please email us at [email protected] or [email protected] or call us at 604-324-8285 or 604-770-1471 (North Shore)

We offer a 30-minute FREE consultation. 

Home Vigil

If you are someone who has taken care of your family member in hers or his dying days, it is only natural to want to continue to provide that loving care after death. Read more about Family-led / DIY/ or Home Funerals

Learning Opportunities

We will also be offering workshops and information sessions on community death care, green and sustainable burial as well home funeral. Stay tuned for more details!