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Home Funeral & Green Burial Speakers Bureau

Speakers listed here educate the public to home funeral and green burial options through individually-designed presentations tailored to spiritual communities, civic groups, clubs, schools, agencies, medical groups, sustainability expos and events, adult education, neighborhood gatherings, senior centers, college classes, social workers, chaplains, environmental focused organizations, informal groups at people's homes, and to anyone who is interested in learning more about family-centered, eco-friendly and affordable funerals.

UNITED STATES

ARIZONA

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Phoenix/Sedona
Arizona State University
602-574-1000
Dr_Joanne@Me.com
centerforlossandtrauma.com

Dr. Cacciatore is a professor and researcher at Arizona State University where she is also the current director of the graduate Certificate of Trauma and Bereavement, the founder of the MISS Foundation, an international nonprofit organization with 75 chapters around the world aiding parents whose children have died or are dying, and founder of the Kindness Project as a way to help many grieving honor their beloved ones who have died. She is also a medical and legal consultant and trainer and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Marilyn Rampley
Phoenix
Phoenix West Threshold Choir
602-938-2351
rampleyaz@msn.com
life-cyclecelebrations.com


Marilyn has a Master of Arts in Values degree and has worked in schools, churches, theater and other non-profits. She is the Director of the newly-organized Phoenix West Threshold Choir. Marilyn also studied Life Transitions with Dr. Frederic Hudson of the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.

CALIFORNIA


Olivia Rose Bareham 
Los Angeles
Sacred Crossings
The Institute for Conscious Dying and Family-directed Funerals

310-968-2763
Olivia@sacredcrossings.com   www.sacredcrossings.com

Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings is a certified Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide currently servicing the greater Los Angeles area. Olivia teaches classes and workshops in 'The Art of Dying - How to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition' and 'Your Final Footprint - The legalities and logistics of Home Funerals & Green Burials'  Olivia also offers a certificate program in Death Midwifery.

Jerrigrace Lyons
Sebastopol
Final Passages
707-824-0268
finalpassages@softcom.net
www.finalpassages.org


Jerrigrace is a Minister, Reiki Master, author and founder of Final Passages, Institute of Conscious Dying, Home Funeral & Green Burial Education. She created a certificate program, provided expert guidance in home funeral education to hundreds of students, and participated in over 350 family-directed home funerals. Jerrigrace has been featured in numerous films, including a PBS documentary, publications, newspapers, magazines, professional journals and radio interviews as a pioneer in the field. She presents internationally to colleges, funeral societies, churches, healthcare agencies, medical groups and the public internationally.

Julianne R. Pasco
San Jose, California
510-205-4371
www.richpasco.org/julianne/




With over a decade of experience in the traditional death-care industry, Julianne Pasco now specializes in helping families make affordable, ecologically friendly funeral and disposition arrangements. With compassion, empathy and respect, she guides families in making sensible arrangements during a difficult time.

Sally Shannon
San Francisco
Threshold Coaching and Organizing
415-713-1477
sallyshannon@earthlink.net



Sally coaches individuals and families completing personal end of life planning, including "Cremation: Pros, Cons and Remembrance," "Choosing an Executor and a Health Durable Power of Attorney," "Digital End of Life: Accounts, Passwords and Plans," Ms. Shannon studied with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, completed a hospice internship, and completed all 3 levels of Final Passages Training "Family Directed Home Funerals" with Jerrigrace Lyons.

Janet Marah Winslow
Mt Shasta, CA
The Brave Heart Emporium
530-926-2338
brave@braveheartemporium.com


Marah’s experience in speaking comes from years teaching and giving talks in the high tech industry. She has also taught story telling and improv and looks forward to using those skills to engage the audience. Her interest is in opening doors to communications regarding our final passages.


COLORADO


Patricia Eagle
Alamosa
Life-Cycle Celebrant®
Horizons Ceremonies
303-946-5465
horizonsceremonies@gmail.com
www.horizonceremonies.com

Patricia is a Life-Cycle Celebrant® certified in funerals and memorials specializing in pre-planned end-of-life services and co-created ceremonies for the family to officiate themselves. Patricia has studied home funerals, natural-death-care and green burials with Jerrigrace Lyons of Final Passages, and Natural Transitions. She started and directs the San Luis Valley Threshold Choir in southern Colorado and hosts Death Cafes in her area.


HAWAII

Susan Oppie
Honolulu
971-998-0168
nursedeathmidwife@gmail.com

Susan has been actively involved in reconnecting our society with death since 2001. She has hosted workshops on the healing power of creating art in honor of deceased loved ones, and has been giving presentations on home funerals at hospices, churches and community centers since completing death midwifery training through Final Passages. She has supported families who have chosen home funerals and has seen first-hand the transformative nature of such acts of love. She is an RN with a specialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Care, and is currently on the Board of the NHFA.


ILLINOIS


Maureen Tolman Flannery
Chicago
Conscious Transitions
847-864-8146
mtflannery@earthlink.net



Maureen Tolman Flannery’s most recent volume of poems is Tunnel into Morning. Her other books include Destiny Whispers to the Beloved, A Fine Line, and the Pulitzer-Prize-nominated Ancestors in the Landscape. Although she grew up in a Wyoming sheep ranch family, Maureen and her actor husband Dan have raised their four children in Chicago.  She is a wood-carver, toy-maker, and home funeral guide.  Her poems have appeared in fifty anthologies and two hundred literary reviews, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Xavier Review, Calyx, Pedestal, Atlanta Review, Karamu, North American Review, Poetry East, and Santa Fe Literary Review.

KANSAS

Sarah Crews

Salina
Heart Land Home Funerals
785-404-3214 or 928-308-4292
crews.sarah.j@gmail.com
heartlandhomefunerals@gmail.com


Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aging and End of Life and a Master’s degree in Spiritual Care at End of Life. She has worked as a music caregiver and bereavement counselor for hospice. As a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, she counts herself among a growing international network of home funeral facilitators, providing guidance to and advocating for families who choose to care for their own loved ones at the time of their death. Sarah is currently working with a group of citizens in Salina, Kansas to establish the state’s first Conservation Cemetery.

MASSACHUSETTS

Peg Lorenz

Shirley
Peaceful Passage at Home
978-425-6602
peglor@comcast.net
www.peacefulpassageathome.com


Peg Lorenz is a home funeral guide and educator. She is the founder of Peaceful Passage at Home, is on the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance serving as chair of the Legislative Committee. With 20 years of experience with hospice care, a certificate in end-of-life care from the University of Southern Maine, and training with Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death, she is also a member of the Threshold Singers, a volunteer group that sings at the bedsides of people who are dying.

MICHIGAN

Merilynne Rush

Ann Arbor
After Death Home Care
734-395-9660
mrush@afterdeathhomecare.com
www.afterdeathhomecare.com


Merilynne Rush is a nurse and home birth midwife with 25 years professional experience who educates and consults about natural death care options, including home funeral and green burial. To her work she brings extensive experience being with and empowering families in transition. Merilynne served on the board of directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance from 2011 to 2013.

MINNESOTA

Linda Bergh

Minneapolis/St. Paul
Minnesota Threshold Network, Beholding the Threshold
612-927-0894
hellolindabergh@gmail.com
www.mnthresholdnetwork.wordpress.com/      www.beholdingthethreshold.org


Linda, a psychologist emeritus and adult educator, has faced the loss of her only daughter, and two husbands. She has been a Midwest leader in the Conscious Dying / Home Death Care movement for a decade as a speaker, conference leader, educator, and family guide. She was a founding member of the Minnesota Threshold Network, which helped pass death care legislation in MN. She has been a Biography Facilitator in the Waldorf Community for decades, training teachers and parents locally and internationally. She published her daughter’s poetry She Would Draw Flowers and helped create the movie The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman (produced by Nancy Poer). Her writings include local and national magazine articles and a selection in “Where the Tree Falls, the Forest Rises” edited by Charlene Elderkin.

Anne Murphy
Minneapolis/St. Paul
A Thousand Hands
651-964-9128
annievmurph@gmail.com
www.athousandhands.com/


Anne is a Reiki Master, death midwife, end of life planning educator, and funeral celebrant in training who specializes in presentations on how to plan and prepare family directed vigils, home funerals and green burials.

NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT

Deana Darby
Wilton NH
NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy
603-654-1119
Deana has worked in the healing arts since 1990. She has undergone advanced training and internship through The Mandorla Project in Spiritual Midwifery to the Dying. Deana has trained extensively in meditation, as well as energetic and intuitive healing arts. Founder of Bodhi Tree Holistic Health Center and Full Circle Center in Napa, CA, she now pursues her passion as a consultant for conscious living and dying in New Hampshire.


Lee Webster
Plymouth NH, Upper Valley, Central and Northern Vermont
New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy 
603-236-9495   
NHFREA@gmail.com   
www.nhfuneral.org


Lee is the Director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy and the current Vice President of the NHFA. She has 25+ years as a hospice volunteer and spiritual care coordinator, and has been an avid conservation and funeral activist while maintaining a career in development as a freelance writer, graphic designer, and editor. She presents tailored overviews of home funeral and green burial options, covering legal, spiritual, emotional and cultural concerns throughout VT and NH.

NEW YORK

Amy Cunningham
Licensed Funeral Director, Brooklyn       
Greenwood Heights Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.
718-288-0099 cell, 718-768-1212 funeral home
AmyCunninghamFD@gmail.com
NYCGreenFunerals.com
TheInspiredFuneral.com blog

Amy is a licensed funeral director who maintain a blog on greener, more meaningful end-of-life services. Her lecture experience includes the Park Slope Food Coop (which has 15,000 members), hospice trainings, houses of worship, yoga centers and Death Cafes.


Lynn Barnett
Rochester, NY
585-957-1779
ldbarn@rochester.rr.com



Lynn Barnett has lived in upstate New York all of her life, from growing up on a small dairy farm near Albany, to settling in Rochester to raise a family. She has three sons ages 13, 19 and 22 and her focus on her children has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles, as well as her job as a birth doula. Her interest in home funerals grew gradually from her interest in hospice care and the desire to be more informed about end of life options. She has attended trainings with Jerrigrace Lyons of Final Passages and is now the Treasurer and a Board member of the National Home Funeral Alliance. Her goal is to inform as many people as possible about the options on how to care for a loved one after death.

NORTH CAROLINA

Sara Williams
Mebane (Chapel Hill area)
NHFA; Funeral Consumers Alliance-Piedmont;
Crossings Care Group
919-623-0051
shank1094@gmail.com


Sara currently serves as the Enrollment Specialist for the Carolina Breast Cancer Study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of Project LEAD (“Leadership, Education, and Advocacy Development,” the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s innovative/intensive science program for breast cancer activists), and has served as a Stakeholder for the American Cancer Society, and as a peer reviewer for the California and Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Programs, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Avon Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Cochrane Collaboration’s Breast Cancer Group.

Zalene Corey
Kimberton   
Gentle Passages, Inc.
610-933-2451
zcc@gentlepassages.com
www.gentlepassages.com


Zalene is a home funeral guide, life coach and entrepreneur who is certified in Social Therapy, Youth Guidance and Spacial Dynamics©. Her work with children, young adults and adults with and without disabilities now includes consulting for families and individuals wanting a private home funeral experience.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Becky Calcutt
Charleston
Palmetto Home Funerals
843-766-1950
BeckyCalcutt@gmail.com



Becky is a retired RN, tour guide, college instructor, CERT trainer, and published history author. Her interest in home funerals began when she buried her father in 2008 without using the services of a funeral director. Since completing guide training, she has worked with and presented to families, church groups, seniors' groups, hospice, and the three green burial preserves in the state.


TENNESSEE

John Christian Phifer
John is currently certified as a funeral celebrant and has been licensed as a funeral director and embalmer within the state of Tennessee for the past 16 years. His focus is providing home-based funeral care, natural burial support and guidance and commemorative event design.

TEXAS

Donna Belk
Austin
Beyond Hospice, Crossing Care Circle, Home Funeral Directory
512-922-8043
dbelk@austin.rr.com
beyondhospice.com
Donna is an educator, public speaker, hospice volunteer, celebrant, and home funeral advocate. She trained as a home funeral guide with Final Passages and Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death. She is a recent past Secretary/Treasurer for the National Home Funeral Alliance. With Sandy Booth, she also administers Crossings Care Circle and the National Home Funeral Directory. She offers a course, Beyond Hospice, to train other home funeral guides and death midwives.

WASHINGTON STATE

Char Barrett
Everett & Seattle
A Sacred Moment
425-316-8290 Everett     206-529-3803 Seattle
char@asacredmoment.com
www.asacredmoment.com


Char Barrett was the first President of the National Home Funeral Alliance and owner of A Sacred Moment Funeral Services, one of the first funeral homes in the United States with a central vision to support home funerals and green burials.  As a bridge between home funeral educators and the funeral industry, she is a regular speaker nationally and internationally.  Char is a Licensed Funeral Director, Home Funeral Consultant, Celebrant and has been a hospice volunteer since the early 90s.

Kateyanne Unullisi
Puget Sound
The Emerge Foundation
425-753-5016
Kateyanne@TheEmergeFoundation.com
www.theemergefoundation.com


Kateyanne is a home funeral consultant, funeral celebrant, and end-of-life planning coach in the Puget Sound area. Serving all areas of Washington state, she speaks about how we can reclaim our dominion over what happens to our bodies and our spirits in the transition between living and dying. The Emerge Foundation donates a percentage of proceeds to help offset costs of home funerals for children. A talented communicator, trainer and facilitator, Kateyanne has been in the corporate communications field for over 20 years and now devotes her attention to helping others attain their vision of a good death.

WISCONSIN

Lucy Basler
Webster
Sacred Ceremonies Ltd.
715-866-7798 h, 715-566-2462 c
sacredceremoniesltd@gmail.com
www.sacredceremoniesltd.org


Lucy is an interfaith chaplain and home funeral guide, and is the director of Sacred Ceremonies, Ltd. and Sacred Grove. She has a wide knowledge of loss and grief experiences having been a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator for 11 years. She received a degree in education and later completed a personalized theological seminary studies program, and the Clinical Pastoral Education for Chaplaincy. Besides officiating at weddings, funerals, and blessings, she is a volunteer chaplain for the local county sheriff’s department. Lucy was co-founder and grief support facilitators’ instructor of the Loss and Grief Support Network. She also teaches and practices Therapeutic Touch.

Fran Vandre
Jefferson
Personal Farewells
920-723-2122
personalfarewells@charter.net



Fran is a caregiver by nature. For 34 years she has applied her skills in a classroom teaching children with disabilities. When that stage of her life concluded, she moved on to teaching and guiding those interested in caring for their loved one after death. Life is an incredible journey and honoring a loved one's life through a Home Funeral is a final step worth taking.


INTERNATIONAL

CANADA

ALBERTA


Sarah Kerr
Calgary
Soul Passages
403-289-2230
sarah@soulpassages.ca
www.soulpassages.ca


Sarah is an experienced public speaker and educator trained in home funeral guidance. She leads healing ceremonies, serves as a funeral celebrant, and brings a wide array of skills and expertise to her work in developing healthier and more natural ways of meeting illness, death, and the other inevitable endings of life. As a trained home funeral guide, certified Funeral Celebrant, and ceremonial healing facilitator, Sarah crafts presentations that meet the needs of a variety of groups, creating a safe and educational space in which to discuss these important issues.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Pashta MaryMoon
Victoria
Journeying Beyond
250-383-4065
contact@beyonds.ca
www.beyonds.ca/Journeying/home.html


Pashta is a licensed minister and Wiccan priestess with 30+ years’ experience working with the dying, and creating personalized funeral or memorial services. She is visiting clergy for Victoria hospitals and hospice; and co-founded the Bedside Singing program on the Hospice unit (the first in Canada): she has also worked on the hospital’s spiritual-care team. She is a trained mediator, and consultant on ‘aging and the law in BC’, as well as an ‘advance-care planning’ consultant. She has trained with Jerrigrace Lyons of Final Passages (Death Midwifery/Home Funerals), and is the co-founder/director of CINDEA (Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives), as well as a ‘CINDEA-recognized’ Death Midwife. She is also an ambassador, and client support team member, for Dying with Dignity Canada.

NOVA SCOTIA

Cassandra Yonder
Cape Breton
BEyond Yonder Death Midwifery
902-929-2578
yonderhomestead@hotmail.com
www.deathmidwifery.ca


Cassandra is a homesteader with a BA in Sociology and Gerontology, a Masters in Architecture, and a Certificate in Grief and Bereavement from The University of Western Ontario's Thanatology department. She is also certified as a hypnotherapist, animal assisted therapist and home funeral guide. Cassandra believes in reclaiming community practices such as producing food, birthing babies and caring for the dead at home. To this end, she is developing a practice as a rural Death Midwife who offers education, home funeral guidance and grief support. She enjoys volunteering and collaborating with others in the field and sits on the boards of the National Home Funeral Alliance, Grief Nova Scotia, and Victoria County Hospice Society, as well as founding a burgeoning Canadian organization for Death Midwifery.

ONTARIO

Rochelle Martin, BScN, RN, MDiv, CPMHN©
Rochelle is a Registered Nurse with specialty certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and is a graduate of the Beyond Hospice program. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto, having trained as a Roman Catholic priest, and has worked extensively in palliative care, geriatric psychiatry, emergency and acute psychiatry, sexual assault and domestic violence, and eating disorders, along with providing pastoral care in a variety of interfaith health and social service settings.

GREAT BRITAIN

Mike Grenville
Forest Row, East Sussex, UK
Sacred Transitions
(+44) 07974 924289
mike@sacredtransitions.org.uk
www.sacredtransitions.org.uk


Mike facilitates discussions about all aspects of death and dying and support for creating home funerals and end of life rituals. Trained as an End-of-Life Doula (Living Well Dying Well) and Funeral Celebrant (Greenfuse)



Disclaimer:
Please note that the list of speakers and presenters above is provided as a public service to those wishing to learn more about home funerals, and that inclusion on the list does not constitute endorsement by the NHFA, nor is the NHFA party to any agreements between speakers and individuals or organizations. To be included as a speaker on this list, please contact nhfa.paper@gmail.com.

 
 
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