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Directory of Home Funeral Teachers

Listed by state, these home funeral teachers offer courses in how to provide after-death care for a body. Please note: some courses offer a certificate of completion. Since there is no national certifying board for home funeral guides (death midwives, death doulas, and other terms used), it is incorrect to say you are a certified home funeral guide. However, if you complete a course of study then you can say as such, or say you received a certificate of completion from a course that offers one.

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UNITED STATES | CANADA | NEW ZEALAND

CALIFORNIA
Jerrigrace_LyonsJerrigrace Lyons | Sebastopol
Final Passages
707-824-0268 | finalpassages@softcom.net
Honoring Life’s Final Passage: Death Midwifery and Home Funeral Guidance Training. Levels I (pre-planning for our own and others’ death, conscious dying, necessary paperwork) and II (natural death care of the body, legalities/ navigating the system, and green funeral options) are each two days and one night, offered back to back. All meals and Home Funeral guidebook are included. Level III includes home funeral role-play, ceremony, grief, and creating a death midwife program in your area. CEUs available for Nursing and Behavioral Science Professionals. We are available for custom workshops and guest presentations..
Olivia BarehamOlivia Bareham | Los Angeles
Sacred Crossings
310-968-2763 | sacredcrossings@gmail.com
Death Midwifery/Home Funeral Guide Training, a 3-part course offered nationally. Part I ‘Conscious Dying’ teaches individuals & their families how to plan for a peaceful dying experience. Part II ‘After-Death Care’ empowers families to care for their own after death at home. Part III ‘Funerals & Disposition’ reviews funeral practices, ceremony & disposition options.  Presentations and day-workshops can be tailored to any group.
Nancy Jewel PoerNancy Jewel Poer | Placerville
Threshold Workshop
nancyjewelpoer.com
A threshold retreat covering spiritual and practical aspects of working with dying, home death, and our connections to loved ones across the threshold.
Heidi_BoucherHeidi Boucher | Sacramento
In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye
916-601-9134 | heidibouch@comcast.net
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.
COLORADO
naturaltransition_logoKaren van Vurren | Boulder
Natural Transitions
303-443-3418 | info@naturaltransitions.org
Natural Transitions is a non-profit 501(c)3 resource center providing education on conscious, holistic, and green approaches to end of life, including family-directed home-based after-death care. The two aspects of our educational work are:(1) Presentations, consultations and trainings Family-Led Green After-Death Care: Community education and supporting families in green after-death care and home funerals. (2) Our non-profit Natural Transitions Magazine.
For more information please visit our website.
Lauren_CarrollLauren Carroll | Colorado Springs
Returning Home
719-375-5868 | returninghomecs@gmail.com
Lauren was a funeral director for 5 years before leaving the industry to pursue education on the sacred act of caring for our dead at home. She founded the non-profit Returning Home in 2014. She offers the following workshops: Introduction to Home Funerals and a screening of the film “A Family Undertaking”; Half day workshops on home funeral care and green burials; Public speaking on grief, the funeral industry in America, and the importance of planning and communication around death and dying.
Susan_CoffeySusan Coffey | Colorado Springs
Going – My Way Deathcare
719-232-4961 | goingmywaydeathcare@gmail.com
Susan teaches the home funeral process to families who choose a home funeral including for sudden deaths that involve trauma.
Susan Mackey | Lafayette
Out of the Box End-of-Life Planning
720.884.6878 | outoftheboxendoflifeplanning@gmail.com
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.
FLORIDA
Adriana_Corral_1Adriana Corral | South Florida
Memory Trees Organization
305-992-2807 | adriana@memorytrees.co
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.
ILLINOIS
Angie_BuchananAngie Buchanan | Deerfield/Chicago
The Death Midwife
224-501-5443| info@deathmidwife.org
Offering 30 hour extended weekend intensives that provide training for the following and more: learn tools and techniques for midwifing the dying and for creating sacred space for transition before and after death, consider family dynamics that occur as someone dies, learn about the legal paperwork required in order to have your end-of-life choices honored, learn how to research state laws and build bridges with others presently working in the medical profession and the funeral industry, learn many new and different methods of body disposition so as to be able to inform friends and family of their end-of-life options.
MAINE
Sylvia_PearlmanSylvia Sienikehä Elysiana | Maine (and Hornby Island, BC, Canada)
Soulmilk Healing Arts Studio
250-650-1168 | sienikeha@gmail.com
Sylvia Sienikehä Elysiana is the owner/founder of Soulmilk Healing Arts Studio, a private holistic therapy and deathcare practice.  An advocate for eco-conscious alternatives and family-led deathcare, she provides home funeral education and support with an emphasis on gently encouraging and empowering families to care for their own dead.
MARYLAND
Beth_KnoxElizabeth Knox | Tacoma Park
Crossings: Caring for Our Own after Death
301-523-3033 | crossings@crossings.net
One-day seminars and workshops taught nationwide provide in-depth education on all issues pertaining to home funerals and green burials that let families know that they are the decision-makers in after-death care and can exercise choices that will bring about greater healing. Workshops are hands-on, teaching the principles, practices, and procedures of caring for our own at death to family members and community caregivers.
MASSACHUSETTS
Peg_LorenzePeg Lorenz | Shirley
Peaceful Passage at Home
978-425-6602 | peglor@comcast.net
Peg offers presentations and workshops throughout the country tailored to meet the needs of any group, from one hour educational presentations to half or full day hands-on trainings. She uses stories from her experiences as a home funeral guide, gentle humor and a common sense approach to empower people to reclaim this old and loving tradition.
MICHIGAN
Merilynne Rush | Ann Arbor
After Death Home Care | Lifespan Doulas
734-395-9660 | mrush@afterdeathhomecare.com | mrush@lifespandoulas.com
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.
Jodi Wilcome | Grand Rapids
The Violet Hour
616-446-5491 | jodiwilcome@icloud.com
Providing education on End-of-Life care, home funeral, and natural burial practices in West Michigan.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NHFREA-LogoLee Webster, Deana Darby, Elicia Dowd, Julie Lanoie, Susan Curtin | New Hampshire and Vermont
NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy 
Educational presentations, seminars, and workshops tailored to the needs of individuals and groups seeking to learn about compassionate, affordable, and sustainable after-death care through home funerals and green burials in the New England area.
NEW YORK
Rev. Lynda Elaine Carré | Woodstock, Hudson Valley Region
Wellspring Passages: Wisdom Arts for Holistic Dying
845-684-5941 | revcarre@wellspringpassages.com
Rev. Carré offers integrative, inspiring, and practical experiential workshops in “Wisdom Arts for Holistic Dying.” Her teaching incorporates interfaith spiritual care, communications, alleviating pain and distress, navigating altered states, planning and advocacy, creative expression, meaning making, understanding the dying process, energy release, rituals, and sacred space. She is an Ordained Interfaith Chaplain, Certified Sacred Crossings Guide, Certified Yoga Alliance Therapist, and Healing Touch Energy Therapist Level 4.
NORTH CAROLINA
Caroline_YongueCaroline Yongue | Asheville
Center for End of Life Transitions
828-676-9806
ceoltnc@gmail.com | info@ceolt.org
TEXAS
Deanna Cochran | Austin Deanna Cochran
Accompanying The Dying: a Practical Guide & Awareness
512-924-1402 | deanna@accompanyingthedying.com
End of Life companionship program blending together your gifts & skills, intense end of life education and self exploration together with your desire and vision to serve the dying and their families.
Donna BelkDonna Belk | Austin
Beyond Hospice (online) | Donna Belk.com
512-922-8043 | dbelk@austin.rr.com
The End-of-Life Transition Guide, and Home Funeral Guide training course is an 88-hour course leading to a certificate of completion. It is offered entirely online and contains 32 modules which you complete at your own pace. Please visit the website for further details.
Jim_BatesJim Bates | Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano
Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas
817-360-4727 | jimbates@airmail.net
Jim has been a consumer advocate for over 20 years. With degrees in political science and psychology, and a career as an engineer, Jim is a problem solver for people, data and things. His interest in home funerals is simply a revisit to simpler days out on the plains of West Texas when he was a little cowboy; remembering how family and friends did most or all of the work to git somebody in the ground. Jim has “home funeraled” his Dad, has trained families to do the same.
WASHINGTON
A Sacred Moment logoChar Barrett or Lindsay Soyer | Everett
A Sacred Moment
425-316-8290 | char@asacredmoment.com
Day-long home funeral and green burial workshops, community/private training, speaking engagements. Western Washington
Ashley Benem | Bellingham
A Sacred Passing
360-927-5040 | asacredpassing@gmail.com
We offer educational presentations, workshops, facilitated groups and clinical in-services. Weekend Death Doula Training intensives and Death Plan writing workshops. Our courses are tailored to the need of the group but focus on Death Midwifery care as a model for Holistic Death Care that is family and patient centered.
Nora_CedarwindNora Cedarwind, Instructor | Seattle
Thresholds of Life
360-302-0197 | cedarsiren@gmail.com
Intensives in home funerals training, educating participants about the laws regarding death that allow families to provide ‘a slowed down, carefully planned for, hands-on experience.’
WISCONSIN
Lucy BaslerLucy Basler | Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota
Sacred Ceremonies
715-566-2462 | sacredceremoniesltd@gmail.com
Intro classes on home funerals and green burials plus all-day seminars/workshops preparing teachers and home funeral guides. Workshops are designed to familiarize families with what they need to know in order to conduct a home funeral. 3-session Death & Dying class designed to meet your group’s needs is available on request.
Charlene_ElderkinCharlene Elderkin | Viroqua
Threshold Care Circle
608-624-3240 | elderkin@mwt.net
The Threshold Care Circle is dedicated to educating families about their options for home or family-directed funerals and green burials. Our workshops give you the information and hands-on practice to prepare you to care for your family member after death at home, and to carry out a home or family-directed funeral with or without the services of a funeral director.
Sharon_StewartSharon Stewart | Brooklyn
SpiritKnoll
608-574-2997 | sharon@spiritknoll.com
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.
CANADA
ALBERTA
Rayne_JohnsonRayne Johnson | Edmonton
Tear Cups, Doing Death Differently
780-267-5007 | lorainej@shaw.ca 
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 | ehf@telus.net
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@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_MaryMoonPashta MaryMoon | Victoria, BC
Cindea, Journeying Beyond
250-383-4065 | pashta@victoria.tc.ca
Pashta provides pan-death education and support for families on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, B.C. Canada. She is also the director of CINDEA (Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives). Pashta offers presentations and seminars on pan-death care (before, during and after death), including Advance Care Planning and Home Funerals (post-death care, required paperwork, etc.); and the “By My Own Heart and Hand” workshop for families preparing for a home funeral. She also provides laws/regulations information and practicums for Canadian students studying with U.S.
Sylvia_PearlmanSylvia Sienikehä Elysiana | Hornby Island (and Maine, US)
Soulmilk Healing Arts Studio
250-650-1168 | sienikeha@gmail.com
Sylvia Sienikehä Elysiana is the owner/founder of Soulmilk Healing Arts Studio, a private holistic therapy and deathcare practice.  An advocate for eco-conscious alternatives and family-led deathcare, she provides home funeral education and support with an emphasis on gently encouraging and empowering families to care for their own dead.
NOVA SCOTIA
Cassandra_YonderCassandra Yonder | Baddeck
BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Death Midwifery in Canada
beyondyonder@deathmidwifery.ca
Cassandra and her partner administrate the BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Death Midwifery in Canada.  The core program is a 12-week virtual offering where up to 13 students learn together about the cultural reclamation of community deathcare.  Graduates practice death midwifery in a variety of ways including home funeral guidance.
roxanne_walshRoxanne Walsh | Halifax
Roxanne Walsh
902-293-2423 | info@roxannewalsh.ca
Roxanne is trained in educating individuals and families to plan in advance for their own final event or to prepare to act as their own Funeral Director.  Her previous experience in the healing arts assists people by providing a safe space to focus on healing and the meaning of their lives through workshops and one on one consulting.  She is available by phone, skype or in person.
ONTARIO
Rochelle MartinRochelle Martin  | Hamilton
Funeral Alternatives
905-746-3074 | funeralalternatives@gmail.com
Rochelle offers workshops and presentations tailored to the needs of community, religious, and special-interest groups. Content might include: end-of-life planning and preparation, Ontario and municipal regulations pertaining to after-death care, funerals, and burial,  creating meaningful and sacred death and memorial rituals,  managing the details of after-death care and home funerals, and “green” funeral and burial options.
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.
NEW ZEALAND
Lynda Hannah | Motueka, Tasman
Living Legacies
telephone 3 528 5220 | lynda@livinglegacies.co.nz 
www.facebook.com/Living-Legacies/
I have been running workshops on natural, family-directed funerals for 15 years, and also written and published “Living Legacies – a natural funeral handbook for an evergreen world”, soon to be released as an ebook.

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 > city > business name.