Level 3 Description

Honoring Life’s Final Passage, Level 3

Reclaiming the Wisdom Traditions and Art of Death Midwifery and Home Funeral Guidance

Our Level 3 training offers a certificate in Death Midwifery and Home Funeral Guidance.

We also invite all previous graduates to join the fun for reunion, peer support, and to rekindle their passion for this exciting work as well as a chance to mentor our newbies.

Spanning 5 days, our training is in a retreat setting in the beautiful Calistoga Mountains.


This course is offered once per year in May.

Level 3 typically begins on Wednesday evening at 6:00pm for dinner on the first day of training, and end at 3:00 pm on the fourth day.

Because we offer the training once per year, if you are reading this between June and February, there will not be an active registration page for Level 3. Check the sidebar for Upcoming Courses, and join our mailing list – also in the sidebar – to be notified when we schedule trainings.



Our Level 3 course offers more in-depth information surrounding home funerals and the national movement.

Along with further instruction by Final Passages director Jerrigrace Lyons, there will be guest instructors to share their skills and wisdom on subjects such as

  • Home funeral role-play
  • Grief & Family dynamics
  • A variety of ceremonial styles and rituals
  • Death meditation practice
  • Death masks: How and why
  • Dealing with autopsy
  • Current political issues
  • Inspiration and stories from past graduates
  • When NOT to offer a home funeral
  • Shroud wrapping and shroud-only green burials
  • Still birth and fetal home funerals
  • Natural methods of disposition
  • Resources for presenting to your community
  • Exploration and guidance for starting a business or home funeral support group in your area

Participants will be invited to express music, poetry and other related art forms and there will be opportunities for integration in nature at the beautiful Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga.

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



Our retreat setting provides an intensive well-rounded experience in a gorgeous natural setting, including sumptuous, healthy meals that allows us to take a deep dive into our training.

It will be held at Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga, CA. This is in Sonoma County about 20 minutes from Santa Rosa aMtnHomeRanch-Lodge-Balconynd 10 minutes from Calistoga.

The Ranch is 300 acres of magnificent beauty in the redwoods and wilderness. This ranch was built in 1913 and is still in the original owner’s family. It is vintage 50’s style, comfortable, clean and cozy. The land has lots of hiking trails, a lake, a heated pool, a labyrinth and a sulfur spring. Their website can be found at





Level 3 is $790, plus lodging. There is an Early Bird discount for registering at least 3 weeks in advance of the training.

Level 3 Alumni

Level 3 Alumni get special pricing to repeat Level 3, and can register by contacting Jerrigrace by phone or email.



The cost of lodging is NOT included in your registration fee.

Please contact http://www.mountainhomeranch.com/group-retreats/ to make your lodging reservations. Retreat prices are discounted from the regular price, so be sure to use this link.

There are several choices including the lodge, cabins, and camping. Be sure you are looking at the Group Retreats prices.



We have guest presenters and instructors at each Level 3 training.

We post a flyer on the registration page.

Because we offer the training once per year, if you are reading this between June and February, there will not be an active registration page for Level 3.




Our typical schedule, subject to change:


  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm Registration
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm Welcome and Orientation

Thursday, Friday, Saturday:

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 Training; Lunch included
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm Evening Activities


  • 8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 3:00 pm Training and Graduation Ceremony; Lunch included


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