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Home Funeral & Green Burial Speakers’ Bureau

Listed by state, these speakers are available to work with your group to help educate about home funerals through presentations and informative talks. Give us a call! Listings are alphabetized by last name.


Joanne_CacciatoreDr. Joanne Cacciatore | Phoenix/Sedona
Center for Loss and Trauma
602-574-1000 |
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_RampleyMarilyn Rampley | Phoenix
Life Cycle Celebrations
602-938-2351 |
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.
Rebeca_CampalansRebeca Campalans | Little Rock
Arkansas Home Funerals
918-409-0163 |
My primary goal is educating the public about home funerals and offering guidance.
Olivia BarehamOlivia Rose Bareham  | Los Angeles
Sacred Crossings
310-968-2763 |
Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings The Institute for Conscious Dying and Family-directed Funerals 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.
Heidi_BoucherHeidi Boucher | Sacramento
In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye
916-601-9134 |
Heidi Boucher offers ‘Compassionate Support for After-Death Care at Home’ – Empowering families for over 30 years to care for their loved ones after death by offering educational services, practical guidance and compassionate support.
Robert S. Drake | Sausalito
Ocean Soul Renewal
415-599-5029 |
Robert Drake, MDiv, MS offers public speaking on the California “death with dignity” law, End of Life Options Act, Advance Directives, Home Funerals and Green or Eco-Burials and grieving and healing before and after the death of your loved one.  He is a regular speaker for Compassion & Choices and eco-theology/eco-spirituality.
Jane HillhouseJane Hillhouse | Half Moon Bay
Final Footprint
650-726-5255 |
Supplier of biodegradable caskets and home funeral consultant.
Birgitta_KastenbaumBirgitta Kastenbaum | Los Angeles
Bridging Transitions
310-699-7591 |
Birgitta is a passionate speaker and workshop facilitator who loves to speak and engage audiences on topics related to death, dying, aging and conscious living. She has a wonderful way of bringing sensitive topics out into the open and making people feel inspired, profoundly moved and uplifted. Birgitta started Community Tea Talks, an informal monthly gathering for sharing and learning about death and dying in community. She is an End of Life Transition Guide, Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide, Life Coach, Educator and Community Advocate for empowered aging, positive dementia care and inter-generational projects.
Jerrigrace_LyonsJerrigrace Lyons | Sebastopol
Final Passages
707-824-0268 |
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_PascoJulianne R. Pasco | San Jose
510-205-4371 |
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.
Suzette_ShermanSuzette Sherman | San Francisco
415-431-3717 |
CEO of, an online resource that empowers you with all your contemporary end-of-life options. Suzette’s ultimate goal is to change the way we think about death. Advisor to Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death, she’s a frequent guest speaker on how the Boomers are transforming end of life as a cultural paradigm shift is taking place. Through her presentation, Let’s Talk About Death: How Boomers Are Transforming The Last Taboo, Suzette will immerse you in a surprising variety of options in place: conscious dying, home funerals, witnessing cremation, natural burial, holistic medicine, to creative ways to heal.
Sally_ShannonSally Shannon | San Francisco
Threshold Coaching and Organizing
415-713-1477 |
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_WilsonJanet Marah Winslow | Mt Shasta
The Brave Heart Emporium
530-926-2338 |
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.
Anne Jungerman | Napa
707-738-6271 |
Anne completed Jerrigrace Lyon’s Final Passages Home Funeral Guide certification in 2011 and worked with Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, California to establish Cayetano Natural Burial Ground, a Green Burial Council certified hybrid cemetery in 2015. She hosts a monthly “Death Positive Event Series” offering a variety of film screenings, speakers, presentations, workshops and open discussion ala Death Café. Anne is available to speak locally about home funerals, green burial, threshold singing, end-of-life paperwork and home death care options.
Patricia_EaglePatricia Eagle | Alamosa
Horizons Ceremonies
303-946-5465 |
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.
Karen_VanvuurenKaren van Vuuren | Boulder
Natural Transitions 
303-443-3418 |
Karen van Vuuren is the founder and executive director of non-profit, Natural Transitions (since 2003). Based in Boulder, Colorado, Natural Transitions provides education and support for conscious, holistic and green approaches to end of life, including after-death care. Since 2003, we have supported hundreds of individuals to direct their own funerals, led deathcare workshops, organized green burial and home funeral conferences, and we currently publish a national biannual magazine, Natural Transitions. Karen van Vuuren is also a documentary filmmaker whose passion is end of life care. Her films, are Dying Wish ( about voluntary stopping of eating and drinking at end of life; and Go in Peace! ( about the role of caregivers in healing the soul wounds of veterans at end of life.
Anita LarsonAnita Larson | Denver
Think Outside the Coffin
303-489-5001 |
Anita Larson is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and Universal Life Church Ordained Minister. As a Funeral Celebrant she meets with families before, during or after death to provide guidance and capture stories. A Ceremony that reflects the family’s wishes and desires is crafted and suggestions for music, poems, readings, quotes, or rituals are offered. Anita is a Professional Speaker and passionate about educating audiences on topics related to end-of-life. Anita shares real-life stories of the most memorable Life Celebrations she has officiated. Uplifting, inspiring and humorous. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her creativity is off the charts. She has a beautiful way of bringing death topics out of the dark and into the light. Anita started and facilitates the Denver Death Cafe.
Erin_MerelliErin Merelli | Evergreen
Voyage of Soul
720-298-0648 |
Erin Merelli is a Priestess, Doula (birth and death), Home Funeral Guide and Facilitator of Ceremonies and Rituals that honor the cycles of life and death. She holds space and brings companionship to those facing the end of life, using basic mediums such as music, touch, and an open heart. She leads families in caring for their loved ones after death, including care of the body and home funeral planning. Having experienced the trenches of grief early on in life, Erin now carries a tremendous amount of compassion, an intuitive wisdom, and real life tools that she employs to help those who are transitioning from physical life to the afterlife.
Susan_CoffeySusan Coffey | Colorado Springs
Going – My Way Deathcare
719-232-4961 |
Susan is available to any group wanting to know more about end of life choices, home funerals and after death events.
Susan Mackey | Lafayette
Out of the Box End-of-Life Planning
720.884.6878 |
After many years of intimate involvement with Natural Transitions, Susan continues to offer trainings on Family-Led Funerals, whether simply informational, or a half-day hands-on experience. Her community presentation, “What’s Next For My Body (When I Don’t Need It Anymore)” goes deeply into the many possibilities for body disposition, including green and green’ish options and organ and body donation, and includes funeral consumer education and ways to glean some of the sacredness found in a home funeral when making other choices.
Adriana_Corral_2Adriana Corral | Miami
Planting Legacies
305-992-2807 |
Adriana Corral, a Memorial and Commemorative Services Director is a Certified Celebrant, Funeral Director, and Bereavement Consultant. She has a wealth of experience in memorial and commemorative service delivery in the funeral industry and for various nonprofits. Adriana is also a certified as a Raw Food Chef and has years of experience working with the Deaf community.
Carolyn Griffin | Jacksonville
The Sweetest Goodbye
904-510-3239 |
I would love to speak to your group about end-of-life options. It’s fascinating subject matter, and so important to talk about. I can tailor my program to fit your group’s questions and concerns. I promise nobody will fall asleep or “lose their lunch” during my talk. But they might come away with a refreshing and entirely new perspective on death and dying.
Freddie Johnson | Gainsville
Conservation Burial, Inc.
and Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
352-317-7307 Cemetery
352-870-5139 |
Executive Director and one of the founders of Conservation Burial, Inc. and Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery.  Member and one of the founders of Final Friends, a community based citizens group dedicated to helping families care for their own dead.  A Gainesville resident for 27 Yrs.
Nada Frazier | Jacksonville
The Sacred Servant
904-345-0784 |
Nada is the founder of The Sacred Servant. She accompanies, guides, and supports the ill and their family during extended illness and end of life.  Nada is a Certified End of Life Doula, Advanced Mentorship, through Quality of Life Care. As well, she is a Quality of Life Care Education Partner who trains other doulas.  Nada officiates interfaith Celebrations of Life, facilitates legacy letter writings, provides educational trainings, and since 1991, served as an inspirational speaker in various settings. She is a spiritual leader, reiki master teacher, trained mediator, published co-author, and hospice volunteer.
Bodhi BeBodhi Be | Maui
Doorway Into Light
808-573-8334 |
Susan OppieSusan Oppie | Honolulu
971-998-0168 |
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.
Maureen FlanneryMaureen Tolman Flannery | Chicago
Conscious Transitions
847-864-8146 |
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.
Angie_BuchananAngie Buchanan | Deerfield/Chicago
The Death Midwife
Angie is also a Rite of Passage Officiate, Earth Traditions Minister, Emeritus Board Member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Pagan Student Advisor at the University of Chicago, and member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, and the National Chaplains Association. Angie lives and works in the Chicago area of Illinois, and in Wisconsin. She is an experienced presenter and is available to teach or speak at churches, universities, clubs or conventions locally or internationally. She creates and facilities ceremonies for all of life’s passages, from birth through the grave. She is a founding member of Gaia’s Womb.
Sarah_CrewsSarah Crews | Salina
Heart Land Home Funerals
785-404-3214, 928-308-4292 |
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 Natural Cemetery.
Leslie_Cottrell_SimondsLeslie Cottrell Simonds | NE and South to Midcoast MA and Coastal NH
The Visionary Passage
207-350-5536 |
The power of ceremony and ritual creates a vessel to transform us, and support us through times of great sorrow and through times of great joy.  As a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant, specializing in funerals, memorials and pet memorials Leslie views herself as the conduit for creating opportunities to celebrate life and honor personal histories. Through carefully chosen questions, Leslie crafts ceremonies that are a rich tapestry drawn together from family stories and memories.  Leslie also offers space clearings and blessings, Mother blessings and baby naming ceremonies, end of life consultation services and death vigil support.
Peg_LorenzePeg Lorenz | Shirley
Peaceful Passage at Home
978-425-6602 |
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.
Merilynne Rush | Ann Arbor
After Death Home Care | Lifespan Doulas
734-395-9660 | |
Merilynne Rush, RN, BSN, former home birth midwife and hospice nurse, is an End-of-Life Doula Trainer, Respecting Choices® Facilitator and Instructor, home funeral guide, and green burial educator. She holds a graduate certificate in Hospice and Palliative Studies, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree. Rush owns two end-of-life related businesses, Lifespan Doula Association, and After Death Home Care, and founded and facilitates the Ann Arbor Death Café, the longest standing Death Café in the world, meeting monthly since 2012. She is a community activist, frequent speaker on natural death care, and past board member of the Green Burial Council and the National Home Funeral Alliance.
Anne MurphyAnne Murphy | Minneapolis/St. Paul
A Thousand Hands
651-964-9128 |
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.
Linda_BerghLinda Bergh | Minneapolis/St. Paul
Minnesota Threshold Network, Beholding the Threshold
612-927-0894 |
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.
Deana DarbyDeana 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 WebsterLee Webster | Plymouth NH, Upper Valley, Central and Northern Vermont
New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy
603-236-9495 | 
Lee is the Director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy, curren president of the NHFA, and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Green Burial Council. 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.
Terry_Donovan_Odell_1Rev. Terry Donovan Odell | Penacook
Anam Cara– Irish Soul Friend
603-856-6540 |
Rev. Terry Donovan Odell MA is a graduate of The New Seminary in NYC and an Ordained Interfaith Minister specializing in personally designed Celebrations of Life.  Terry is a seasoned teacher, spiritual care practitioner and Leader of Prayer.  Rev. Terry is available for Sacred Ceremonies and Worship of a traditional nature as well as non-traditional and will work to assist the design of both. Terry ministers in the “Church of the World from the Cathedral of her Home.” Her first book, Departing Church in Search of God was published in the Fall of 2010.
Amy CunninghamAmy Cunningham, Licensed Funeral Director | Brooklyn
Greenwood Heights Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.
718-288-0099 cell, 718-768-1212 funeral home | | 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 training, houses of worship, yoga centers and Death Cafes.
Lynn_BarnettLynn Barnett | Rochester
585-957-1779 |
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.
Rev. Lynda Elaine Carré | Woodstock, Hudson Valley Region
Wellspring Passages: Wisdom Arts for Holistic Dying
845-684-5941 |
Rev. Carré, is an Ordained Interfaith Chaplain, Certified Sacred Crossings Guide, Certified International Association of Yoga Therapist, Healing Touch Energy Therapist 4, and Teacher. Public speaking, workshop, and retreat topics include “Wisdom Arts for Holistic Dying,” “Death is a Heroic Journey,” “Perspectives on End-of-Life: Spiritual, Emotional, and Existential Care,” “Prepare to Die: Wisely, Creatively, Gratefully,” and “New Old Ways to Die: Home Funerals & Green Burials.” Founder of Wellspring Passages, she provides Spiritual Care and Healing Arts for Living Well through Dying.
Sara WilliamsSara Williams | Graham (Chapel Hill area)
Shrouding Sisters
919-623-0051 |
Sara speaks on many topics: home funerals, Veterans’ funerals, green burial, and more. She is a trained home funeral guide, a hospice volunteer, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Home Funeral Alliance and her local Funeral Consumer’s Alliance (FCA-Piedmont). Sara started and facilitates her local Death Café. She adores the word “psychopomp” and Mexican sugar skulls. Sara’s interest in and acceptance of death has been making people uncomfortable since she announced as a young girl that she loved to hang out in cemeteries. She continues to try and change people’s negative feelings toward death and dying, and is passionate about us reclaiming our sacred tradition of caring for our own dead. Sara is working on establishing her area’s first exclusively green cemetery. Memento mori!
Jenny BinghamJenny Bingham | Hillsborough
Sacred Passages
919-241-4304 |
Jenny is a home funeral guide who has an MSW and a training in gestalt therapy. She has worked for hospice and is currently a hospice volunteer. Working with death and dying has been a calling for Jenny for the past 15 years. Jenny has a deep interest in working with others with the transformational power of death and dying. She leads workshops, groups and works individually facilitating the completing of end of life planning. In her area she offers support and guidance for those who chose a home funeral and vigil
Caroline_YongueCaroline Yongue | Asheville
Center for End of Life Transitions
828-676-9806 |
photo of Holly PruettHolly Pruett | Portland
Holly Pruett Celebrant
503-348-0967 |
Holly helps people talk about, prepare for, and live with death. As a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and Home Funeral Guide, Holly works with individuals, families, and communities to create unique, personalized ceremonies including living funerals, vigils for the dying, home funerals, green burials, and remembrance rituals. Holly is co-founder and primary organizer of the the largest Death Café in the world; a facilitator with Oregon Humanities’ statewide conversation program, Talking About Dying; and the producer of “Death:OK, Let’s Talk About It,” a ten-hour day of inspiration, information, and connection attended by 500 people.
mary_ann_perryMary Ann Perry | Ashland
541-482-9024 |
Mary Ann is a Certified Home Funeral Guide through Final Passages with Jerrigrace Lyons. She is an active hospice volunteer and wants to support the southern Oregon community in reclaiming the gift and the right to care for our own after death. Mary Ann is available to speak about home funeral options with your friends, family, faith community, and special interest groups.
Zalene_CoreyZalene Corey | Kimberton
Gentle Passages, Inc.
610-933-2451 |
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.
David MorrisonDavid Morrison | Lancaster
717-898-6211 |
David is a conservative Quaker who has been active at the national level of the Funeral Consumers Alliance since 1973, and has handled burials and cremations from plain to 300+ funeral without any funeral director involvement since 1985. He has also been a guest lecturer at Penn State Law in funeral and burial law. National Funeral Consumers Alliance, NHFA, Pres. Elder Law Assoc. of PA
Terry_SkovronekTerry Skovronek | Doylestown
Rethinking the Inevitable
484-876-1670 |
Home Funeral Educator/Guide, Advocate and Speaker, Member NHFA & FCA
Becky CalcuttBecky Calcutt | Charleston
Palmetto Home Funerals
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.
John_PhiferJohn Christian Phifer | Nashville
Life By LifeLarkspur Conservation
615-504-6371 |
John Christian serves as a home funeral guide specializing in natural burial. He is also a Certified Celebrant as well as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. John Christian is the Director of Community Outreach for the nonprofit Larkspur Conservation which is establishing a Conservation Cemetery in Nashville, TN.
Donna BelkDonna Belk | Austin
Beyond Hospice
512-922-8043 | |
Donna is an educator, public speaker, hospice volunteer, celebrant, and home funeral advocate. She is a board member of the National Home Funeral Alliance and offers an online trianing course, Beyond Hospice, to train other home funeral guides and death midwives. She offers workshops and retreats on the topics of death and dying, and regularly holds public meetings providing the pubic information about home funerals and green burials.
Jim_BatesJim Bates | Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano
Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas
817-360-4727 |
Jim is available for speaking engagements and also training.
Philip R. Olson, Ph.D. | Blacksburg
Assistant Professor, Science & Technology in Society
540-231-1119 |
As a college professor and death studies scholar I have given several talks on several topics related to American death care cultures, including home funerals, green burials, and new funeral technologies like alkaline hydrolysis. I am a Beyond-Hospice-Certified home funeral guide, and the son, grandson, and great grandson of funeral directors. I regularly give talks to both academic and non-academic audiences.
Char BarrettChar Barrett | Everett & Seattle
A Sacred Moment
425-316-8290 Everett
206-529-3803 Seattle |
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.
Ashley Benem | Bellingham
A Sacred Passing
360-927-5040 |
Ashley Benem, Licensed Massage Therapist, Death Midwife and Minister, is the Executive Director of the non-profit; A Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service. She is the creator of the Art of Death Conference and an organizer for the Whatcom County Death Café. Ashley has been working with the sick and injured since 1991 as an EMT, Paramedic, Birth Doula. She has served on several action groups to support the shift towards a more human centered Palliative and End of Life Care practice. She is a vibrant speaker with presence, passion and knowledge and speaks often in the Pacific Northwest and is a sought after presenter and teacher.
danna_schmidtDanna Schmidt | Bellevue
Waypoint Ceremonies
425-577-0328 |
As a seasoned workshop facilitator, event speaker, lay worship leader, curriculum developer, Life-Cycle Celebrant®, end-of-life-transition guide, bereavement camp ritual leader and hospice volunteer, Danna brings a wealth of experience to her Death Becomes Us community talks. Individual topics can be tailor-made to suit audiences large and small throughout the Greater Seattle region and include: conscious dying, conversation starter sessions, end-of-life planning, community care options, living tribute and pre-need ceremonies, re-emerging death care practices, and memorable end-of-life ritual creation.
Kelli Barr-LylesKelli Barr-Lyles | Tacoma
Circle of Life Holistic Care
253-224-0509 |
I am available to speak on many different topics related to death and dying including (but not limited to) home funerals, death planning and preparation, cremation and burial options and all forms of grief.
Kateyanne_UnullisiKateyanne Unullisi | Puget Sound
The Emerge Foundation
425-753-5016 |
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.
Andrea_FitzgeraldAndrea Fitzgerald | Sedro-Woolley
Andrea is a trained Birth Doula, Death Doula, Hospice Volunteer and a Home Funeral Advocate. Andrea cared for her father in his final days and did not know there were many options available to her in caring for him after death.  She wants to provide information, training, and assistance to her community about the many options for them to choose from including building a loved one’s casket, having a home funeral, and personally transporting the body to the crematorium.
Fran_VandreFran Vandre | Jefferson
Personal Farewells
920-723-2122 |
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.
Lucy BaslerLucy Basler | Webster
Sacred Ceremonies Ltd.
715-866-7798 h, 715-566-2462 c |
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.
Sharon_StewartSharon Stewart | Brooklyn
608-574-2997 |
Sharon is a Death Midwife, a long-time Hospice volunteer, a trainer and certified volunteer for the NODA (No One Dies Alone) program, a Bereavement Volunteer, an End-of Life Educator, and a Green Burial educator.  Sharon teaches Death Midwife Classes and Family Directed Home Funeral classes at her home, Spirit Knoll, in Wisconsin.  It is her privilege to support and empower families to reclaim their legal rights to provide home based death care should they choose to do so.
Rayne_JohnsonRayne Johnson | Edmonton
780-267-5007 | 
Rayne Johnson is a Palliative Massage Therapist, holds a certificate in Contemplative End of Life Care, is a practicing Death Midwife and hosts Death Cafes and Death & Dying Film Series. She loves to do speaking engagements and facilitate workshops on Alternative Care for Dying and Death.
Kathleen MillerKathleen Miller | Edmonton
Edmonton Home Funerals
780-695-8685 |
Kathleen Miller is an ordained New Thought, inter-faith minister and is a skilled and experienced teacher, presenter, and workshop facilitator.  She completed Final Passages training and founded Edmonton Home Funerals.  As a Death and Dying Consultant, Kathleen encourages open conversation and engagement with all death and dying matters.  She actively educates about options for environmentally sound and culturally nurturing death practices and advocates for the reclaiming of dying and death as a human, family, and community affair.
Sarah_KerrSarah Kerr | Calgary
Soul Passages
403-289-2230 |
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.
Pashta_MaryMoonPashta MaryMoon | Victoria
Journeying Beyond
250-383-4065 |
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.
Cassandra_YonderCassandra Yonder | Baddeck
BEyonder Yonder Death Midwifery
Cassandra is available to speak to large and small groups about both home funerals and the death midwifery movement in general.  She is an experienced presenter and is knowledgeable and passionate about community deathcare.
Rochelle_MartinRochelle Martin | Hamilton
Funeral Alternatives
905-746-3074 |
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.
Barb_PhillipsBarb Phillips | Roseneath
Barb Phillips
Phillips Lifestyle Management Inc.
Barb is offering workshops on end of one’s living planning, ritual and ceremony that support after death care, vigil and disposition, and practical skills needed to complete a family-directed-home funeral.  She is available for speaking engagements and for participating in forums discussing alternative funeral choices.
Mike_GrenvilleMike Grenville | Forest Row, East Sussex, UK
Sacred Transitions
(+44) 07974 924289 |
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).
Lynda Hannah | Motueka, Tasman
Living Legacies
telephone 3 528 5220 |
I am available to speak at conferences, family groups, and other events.

Disclaimer: Please note that the “Get Assistance” lists are 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 individuals or organizations who are included. Listings are alphabetized by country > state > business name.