Conference 2017

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Advocating for Home Funerals: Stepping it up a Notch

Early bird registration open now!

Every other year we join together in person for a home funeral conference and it’s AMAZING. This is our 6th Biennial Conference – and this year, we’re Stepping it up a Notch. Thanks to years of sustained effort and education, Home Funerals are now better known and understood. Our community is strong and connected. And these conferences are a big reason why. Come be with us!

  • WHEN: September 22-24, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • WHERE: Reisterstown, Maryland (one hour north of Washington, DC)
  • VENUE: Pearlstone Center, an environmentally-friendly conference and retreat center nestled in 160-acres of pasture, woods and farmland in the Maryland countryside just outside of Baltimore.

Registration is a two-part process.

1. Register for the conference, using our online form.

2. Reserve your room online, through the Pearlstone Center.

What a great schedule!  Saturday is filled with rich, facilitated forums. Sunday is skills-based. There’s films, home funeral movie stars :), and lots of time to spend time with others. Here’s a sample of what you can explore:

  • The power of home funeral storytelling in words, oral traditions, online, altars, and around our crackling bonfire
  • Skills like body care basics & home funerals for pets
  • Building bridges with hospices and hospitals & working with funeral directors, vital statistics, medical examiner
  • Film showings: In the Parlor with filmmaker Heidi Boucher & Zen and the Art of Dying with Zenith Virago
  • Taking care of yourself while helping others
  • Legal issues that inform home funeral advocacy
  • Creating ceremonies for home vigils, funerals & memorials
Plan your trip! Book your room, get information on directions, what to bring, and more.


We have wonderful special events planned, too!
  • Our awesome line-up of vendors from far and wide.
  • The only Home Funeral Silent Auction in the world! Bring an item and leave some space in your luggage for your winnings.
  • The Altar Art Project, which is a visual and shared remembrance of those who have passed. Bring whatever you want to honor your loved ones.
  • A Before I Die chalkboard…what will you write on it?
  • Under the stars, around the bonfire, for open home funeral story sharing, music and lots of listening
  • …and more!