Level 1 and 2 Description

Level 1:  A Conscious and Sacred Approach to Dying

Level 2:  Home Funerals and Green Burial

We usually teach Level 1-2 three times each year:
In March, July and September or October.

Do you have a calling to work with people who are moving through their final transition?

Are you interested in a more holistic approach to living, dying and after-death care?

Would you like a personal and more meaningful funeral approach for yourself or a loved one?

Join us in celebrating a Putting Body in Boxnew way to view death in our culture. See death as a sacred rite-of-passage where family or friends can reclaim knowledge and ritual hidden for the past 100 years.

Explore conscious dying and what it is to prepare for your own passing. Discuss the practices, practicalities and preparation we need in our lives to help us die consciously?

Thanks to training in natural childbirth and home hospice care, Americans have begun to reclaim some of life’s most powerful experiences from ancient traditions and collective wisdom. Natural, family-directed home funerals are the newest element in this movement.

The benefits of home or family-run funerals are many, and yet they often remain out of the reach of individuals due to lack of information, misinformation or intimidation. Now you can help play a part in the rebirth of home funerals through this unique educational program.

Learn how to help relatives or friends exercise their legal right to create uniquely designed end-of-life IMG_0529smallcelebrations, funeral arrangements and ceremonies, while properly handling paperwork, transportation and other logistics. Discover the benefits of home funerals and green burial.

Families who have chosen this option say, “We can’t imagine doing it any other way. It just makes sense and seems so natural.” It’s a life-affirming experience and an important missing link in our culture’s cycle of life.

Through storytelling and intimate visual recordings, explore dignified, compassionate and affordable options available to everyone. Learn about green burial options, another important growing movement in the US.


Level 1 and 2 are offered as two back-to-back 2-day workshops.

The full weekend runs from Friday at 9:00am through Monday at 5:00pm. Details below

It was an honor to receive your sharing and teaching us about your work, your calling to it, and of yourself. For myself, I think most of all I appreciate your realness and being just plain comfortable with not only this work, but your place in it all. Thank you for that. The sense of ease you and Mark model is perhaps the best lesson of them all. With gratitude to you both — Sheila


Jerrigrace LyonsJerrigrace Lyons, featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary, A Family Undertaking, available on Netflix as DVD. Jerrigrace has been exploring the natural death arena since 1995.

In a safe and supportive environment, Founder and Director of Final Passages, Jerrigrace will be sharing a wealth of information about a holistic approach to dying and after-death care based on her decades of experience in the natural death care field. She sees dying and after-death care as a holistic, natural extension to a conscious approach to life.


Guest Instructors and Presenters

For each training, we invite guest instructors to teach about their area of expertise, and presenters who have experienced a home funeral to share their perspective.


One of our students made this movie of Level 1 and 2 training:

Level 1 Topics:

  • Planning ahead, learning new & ancient customs and exploring our own wishes
  • Practical information to prepare for death: e.g: Advanced Directives, POLST, stages of dying
  • Conscious dying; focusing on death as a sacred time and natural cycle of life
  • Tools of transformation, assisting others across the threshold such as Threshold choir, music, Reiki, and other forms of bedside care of the dying
  • Social, economic, ecological and spiritual benefits of caring for our own
  • Legalities and other components of home and family funerals and green burials
  • Feature film on Conscious Dying
  • Film clips, slides and storytelling from family ceremonies, home funerals and wakes

Level 2 Topics:

  • Talking with families concerning a person dying or deceased
  • Forms for families and agencies in your community
  • What to have in your home funeral midwifery kit
  • Care and honoring of a body while keeping a loved one at home
  • Hands-on techniques of moving and carrying a body
  • Self-Care for death doulas, midwives and guides
  • Use of essential oils for personal care, anointing and healing properties
  • The funeral industry in our country today and multi-cultural perspectives
  • Films on death in other cultures, green burials and more home-based funerals

Jerrigrace teaching


Level 1: Friday and Saturday


  • 8:00 – 9:00 am     Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 5:00     Training; Lunch included
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm     Dinner break with catered dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm     Films on conscious dying


  • 8:00 – 9:00 am    Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 5:00     Training; Lunch included

Level 2: Sunday and Monday


  • 8:00 – 9:00 am    Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 5:00    Training; Lunch included
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm    Dinner break with catered dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm    Films


  • 8:00 – 9:00 am    Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 5:00 pm    Training; Lunch included



Full cost is $825. Early Bird Cost is $775 paid in full before date below.
Early Bird Registration: Register by deadline to save $50!!!

Scholarships and work/trade discounts are available! Contact us to discuss ways we can make it possible for you to attend.


CEUs available for Nurses



You can register online, by mail or by phone.

Click here for the Spring 2018 Level 1-2 Training.



Level 3 includes a certificate of completion for our death midwifery and home funeral guidance program.

For local graduates, ask about Internship options. Jerrigrace is usually available by telephone to assist any graduates with a home funeral.



My friend Neila and I met you at the final class of our Contemplative End of Life Care course in Toronto in September. We are forever grateful for the wisdom and experience you and your husband imparted to our class. I wanted to tell you about an experience I had last week where Neila and I were called upon to attend to the very recent passing of my cousin Maggie. I knew that Maggie was very unwell and had received the diagnosis of stage 4 cancer a few weeks before but she passed within a month of basically just feeling unwell. She stayed at home and was cared for by her husband and three adult daughters.

Maggie lived a very natural life and wouldn’t even take aspirins and was very fit, practiced yoga daily and was very moderate in her habits.  Her sudden passing was shocking. Knowing about the course I had taken, her daughter called immediately after her passing at 10pm. I immediately called Neila and we gathered what we had on hand from your extensive list. Fortunately I had purchased from you Thieves and Frankincense. We drove for 2 hours and arrived to find the exhausted family not sure how to proceed. Maggie was in her bed still and she looked radiant.

Although we hadn’t really been mentally prepared to be pressed into action that night, we were quite pleased with how easily your words came back to us. We guided the family through the steps of washing Maggie while we all said words of thanks for her life. We anointed her with Frankincense. We dressed her in her yoga clothing and applied very basic make-up. The process took us about 4 hours and they were magical hours. At one point her husband fell asleep in the chair in their room as the girls chose and arranged her jewelry and put Maggie’s hair up in her usual top knot.

Your words were guiding us all. It was amazing how all the things we needed seemed to appear, words came to us, emotions were calmed and we all just seemed to know what to do, naturally. We all discussed next steps and again people appeared, calls were made, food was given, people brought musical instruments and other gifts of light and love.   I think the greatest take away for me was that, you’re right it wasn’t perfect, but somehow everything was good and right and unfolded just as it should. So, thank you! Your experience continues to touch and change lives up here in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Mandy St.Germaine