2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE



Home Funeral in Community: 

Reclaiming the Lost Art

October 18 – 20, 2013

Raleigh, North Carolina


Seventy people from all over the US and Canada, England and Australia enjoyed an empowering and fun weekend together strengthening our community and learning how to educate families about home funeral and green burial options. We welcome your comments on our open forum.  Many thanks to our speakers, volunteers and participants!  If you missed us this time, please join us next time!


See a terrific video of the retreat in Raleigh produced by Trish Garrigan


Links to our speakers

Megory Anderson, PhD, Keynote Speaker


Monica Williams-Murphy, Emergency Room Physician

Its OK to Die


Freddie Johnson, Co-founder

Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery


Char Barrett, Licensed Funeral Director and Home Funeral Guide

A Sacred Moment


Jerrigrace Lyons, Death Midwife

Final Passages


Olivia Bareham, Death Midwife

Sacred Crossings


Dyanne Matzkevich, Director

Pine Forest Memorial Gardens


Lee Webster, Director

New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy    


Anne O'Connor, Founder

Tending the Fire Within



Links to our vendors

Glenda Cedarleaf

Guided Imagery with Glenda


Donald Byrne

Piedmont Pine Coffins


Charlene Elderkin

Where the Tree Falls, the Forest Rises


Natural Burial Company/Natural End Map


Funeral Consumers Alliance

The mission of the National Home Funeral Alliance is to educate and empower families to care for their own dead. We reach out to all families, individuals and professionals who wish to learn more about home funeral. We are committed to fostering a community rooted in critical cultural competence in which we celebrate as well as deeply examine how our myriad cultures impact the field of death care. We strive for honest, open, inclusive and encouraging dialogue that does not criticize any one group of people or professionals, including those in the funeral industry.

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