These experienced people are available to support and train. Find someone in your area to help you gain confidence and learn how to take care of your own dead. Listed alphabetically by business name. You can find a list of upcoming workshops here.

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A Sacred Moment | A Sacred | 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.

Accompanying the Dying | Accompanying the | Individual Intensives
Deanna Cochran, RN, CHPN
Accompanying The Dying: a Practical Guide & Awareness Training Mentoring Program –  4 months 

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.

After Death Home Care | After Death Home | 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) burial.

Donna Belk, Beyond HospiceBeyond Hospice | Beyond | Online certificate training
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 entirely online and contains 32 modules which you complete at your own pace. Please visit the website for further details.

Beyond Yonder Death Midwifery | Death | 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.

Earth Traditions | Earth | Workshops
Angie Buchanan, Instructor

Deerfield, IL, will travel
Weekend workshop providing Death Midwife certificate.

Final Passages | Final | Intensives
Jerrigrace Lyons, Instructor707-824-0268

Sebastopol, CA
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..

Funeral AlternativesFuneral Alternatives.comWorkshops

Rochelle Martin, Instructor

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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
- "green" funeral and burial options

Jim Bates | Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano
Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas
817 360-4727

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. He spends a lot of time on Texas legislative issues in the home state of Service Corporation International, the world’s largest funeral services corporation. Jim has "home funeraled" his Dad, has trained families to do the same, and told them that they are at the top of the food chain ... rather than funeral service professionals, medical people, bureaucrats, and other entities insensitive to family needs and wishes.

Journeying Beyond | Journeying | | Workshops, Seminars
Pashta MaryMoon, instructor

Victoria, BC
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.

Natural Transitions | Natural | Workshops
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.

NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy | NH | 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.

Peaceful Passage at Home | Peaceful Passage At | 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.

Returning Home | Returning Home | Workshops, Seminars
Lauren Carroll

Colorado Springs, CO will travel
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.

Sacred Ceremonies | Sacred | 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.

Sacred Crossings | Sacred | 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 | Threshold Care | Workshops
Charlene Elderkin


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 | Nancy Jewel | 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 | Thresholds of | 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.'

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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