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Final Passages is a non-profit, educational institute and resource center dedicated to a holistic, green, compassionate and dignified alternatives to conventional funeral and after-death practices.

For information on our upcoming Level 1 & 2 Workshop in Sebastopol, California on October 30-Nov 2, 2015, click here.

Jerrigrace Lyons, a Minister, educator, Death Midwife and Reiki Master, founded Final Passages in 1995, pioneering a new field of Home Funeral Guidance. Since then, Final Passages has become a renowned educational institute, with widely-acclaimed training programs for lay-persons and professionals. Our training programs prepare you to help plan, guide, and provide support during environmentally-friendly home or family-directed funerals.

Imagine. . .

  • Facing death with far fewer fears
  • A funeral ceremony being held in a home or a private, intimate setting; allowing for a longer and more personal good-bye
  • Bodies being respectfully touched by family and friends, not by strangers
  • Family and friends decorating or building a casket or urn as a healing act of closure
  • Ecologically conscious final disposition (a cremation or green burial)
  • Children learning that death is a natural part of the lifecycle by participating in a home funeral


"Final Passages' course work is life changing. The education is
transforming my perspectives on death and the healing that can occur at
the end of life. I look forward to sharing, connecting and assisting
with my family, friends and community about home funerals."

-- Victoria Joy

Sign up for a course today! Become part of a community of like-minded individuals who want to learn a different way of caring for their own.

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In addition to our courses, Final Passages also provides important resources for the community; including presentations, educational materials, consultations and referrals, and is an active participant in the National Home Funeral Alliance.  Read more Who We Are and What We Do.

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Our work serves the needs of community members who come from a variety of cultural, economic, and religious perspectives. 

We are a 501(c)3 organization, and are entirely supported by donations and sales of our educational materials and workshops. Please donate now to help us continue our work.

The Nature of Life includes the Eventual Miracle of Death, a rite of passage that deserves dignity and loving care.