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A Sacred Moment                                                            Seminars

Char Barrett, Licensed Funeral Director/Owner & Instructor

Seattle & Everett, WA

The Journey of a Home Funeral Vigil – one-day seminar offered yearly at Bastyr University, Kirkland, WA. Home Funerals & Green Burials – A Natural Choice – offered throughout the US and Canada as requested for communities, hospice, spiritual groups / churches, and funeral directors.


After Death Home Care                                                     Workshops

Merilynne Rush, Instructor

Ann Arbor, MI, will travel
One day educational workshops offered nationally about the ancient art of caring for our own dead. Participants will learn the benefits of home funeral, the importance of planning ahead, how to form a circle of support, how to interface with a funeral director when needed, how to care for the body of the deceased at home, local laws and how to have a natural (green)

Beyond Hospice                                                               Intensives, Workshops

Donna Belk, Instructor

Austin, TX

The Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide training course is an 88-hour course leading to a certificate of completion. It is offered in two parts: (1) online course with 32 modules, and (2) an in-person retreat-practicum-workshop which can be taken from different trainers. Please visit the website for further details.

BEyond Yonder Death Midwifery                                      Workshops

Cassandra Yonder, Instructor, Presenter

Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cassandra calls herself a Death Midwife and offers education, home funeral guidance and bereavement support services. She is available for tailored workshops for private groups on various topics pertaining to community-centered, home-based post-death care. Cassandra explores and shares insights about family directed funeral care from a grief theory perspective, gleaned from her academic background in grief and bereavement from UWO's Thanatology department.

Crossings: Caring for Our Own after Death                      Seminars, Workshops
Elizabeth Knox, Instructor

Takoma Park, MD, will travel
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.

Final Passages                                                                 Intensives
Jerrigrace Lyons, Instructor

Sebastopol, CA
Honoring Life's Final Passage With Love and Compassion,  two days and one night each of three levels. Levels 1 and II are offered together. All meals and the Creating Home Funerals are included. CEUs for Nursing and Behavioral Science Professionals are available.

Natural Transitions                                                            Workshops
Karen van Vuuren, Instructor

Boulder, CO

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:

Sacred Crossings                                                              Workshops, Intensives
Olivia Bareham, Instructor

Los Angeles, CA
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.

Threshold Care Circle                                                          Workshops 

Viroqua, WI 

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.                                        


Threshold Workshop                                                          Workshops
Nancy Jewel Poer, Instructor

Placerville, CA
A threshold retreat covering spiritual and practical aspects of working with dying, home death, and our connections to loved ones across the threshold.


Thresholds of Life                                                               Intensives

Nora Cedarwind, Instructor

Seattle, WA

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."

NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy               Workshops, Seminars

Lee Webster, Deana Darby, Elicia Dowd, Julie Lanoie, Susan Curtin, Instructors
Throughout New Hampshire and Vermont

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.

Accompanying the Dying                                                Individual Intensive
Deanna Cochran, RN, CHPN
Accompanying The Dying: a Practical Guide & Awareness Training Mentoring Program
4 month 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. 

Peaceful Passage at Home                                                    Workshops
Peg Lorenz
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.

Sacred Ceremonies                                                        Workshops, Seminars
Lucy Basler
Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota
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 in available on request. 

Disclaimer: Please note that the list of teachers and trainers 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. To be included as a teacher or trainer on this list, please contact
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