Honoring Life’s Final Passage – Level 3: May 2018


Early Bird Discount through May 9, 2018

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Becoming a Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide and Educator

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.

Early Bird Discount: Save $50 by paying in full by May 9, 2018.

Spanning 5 days, our training is in a retreat setting in the beautiful Anderson Valley.

Wednesday-Sunday, May 30-June 3, 2018

Level 3 will begin on Wednesday evening at 6:00pm for dinner on the first day of training, and ends at 3:00 pm on Sunday.

Click here to download invitation to Level 3

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Level 3 Alumni

Alumni will soon receive an email invitation with special pricing to join colleagues at Level 3, and can register by contacting Jerrigrace by phone or email.


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 our beautiful retreat setting.

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



Sadly, the lovely retreat setting that we used for so many years was lost to the Tubbs Fire in October.

But we have found another beautiful location, River’s Bend, in Philo, CA.

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.

River's Bend Dining Hall

River’s Bend Dining Hall

River's Bend Lodge Room

River’s Bend Lodge Room

River's Bend Farmhouse

River’s Bend Farmhouse

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River’s Bend


By Check: Download the flyer with registration form, complete, and mail with a check Payable to Final Passages to: Final Passages, PO Box 1721, Sebastopol, CA 95473

OR PAY ONLINE: Choose Deposit or payment in full. Then click “Add to Cart” at the top of this page. There is also an option to pay the balance due when you are ready.

PAY WITH CREDIT CARD OVER THE PHONE: Call us at (707) 824-0268 to register by phone.

Deposit: $250

Early Bird registration: $775 if paid in full by May 9, 2018.

Full Price of course: $825 after May 9, 2018



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

There are several lodging choices including a single or shared lodge room, rustic cabins, tent cabins and camping, ranging in price from $25 for tent camping to $70-$95 for a private lodge room. Retreat prices are discounted from the regular price.

Lodging reservations will be handled by a Final Passages staff member. Once you register, we will provide that contact information.


Jerrigrace LyonsJerrigrace Lyons

Jerrigrace, founder of Final Passages, is a Minister, death midwife, educator, home funeral guide and Reiki Master. She founded the educational non-profit organization, Final Passages in 1995 to inform people about little known funeral options, natural death care rights and practicalities, green burial and the benefits of bringing funerals back into the home and family care. She has guided hundreds of home funerals over the past 22 years.

Jerrigrace is featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary, A Family Undertaking (available on Netflix as DVD).



Sally ShannonSally Shannon

Sally completed her Masters Degree with a thesis on “Dying, Loss and Grief” in 1983. She has been a “Diva of Death” since then, studying with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Raymond Moody, Stephen Levine, Jerrigrace Lyons, and Rabbi Stuart Kelman.

Her work with clients is about discovering their own truth and making powerful choices.




Janelle MacraeJanelle Macrae

Janelle has served in multi-denominational palliative care for decades and has worked as a therapeutic presence with aging and disabled clients in Sonoma County Social Services for 18 years. As an outgrowth of hospice, she co-directed Final Passages and created curriculum for this non-profit program. For over 10 years, Janelle managed her family’s international import company.  She has traveled extensively, and brings global coaching experience to her multi-cultural clients.

Micehlle VesserMichelle Vesser

Michelle provides guidance and a loving presence as support for you and your family as death approaches. Michelle’s groundedness and understanding brings calm to this tender time of transition. She can offer you emotional and spiritual support with the end life and helped you and your family through the process.


Suzette ShermanSuzette Sherman

Suzette is the founder and CEO of, the leading website and blog resource to address the end-of-life process and experience. Her ultimate goal is to change the way we think about death. Suzette is a board member of The Bay Area Funeral Consumers Association and an advisor to Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death, as well as a past board member of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization. Most recently she was appointed to the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Advisory Committee.

Karen CappaKaren Cappa

Karen is a Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Ordained Priestess with a private practice since 1986. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a leader of Grief Support Groups for Memorial Hospice. She leads Woman’s Ceremonial Circles and “Nourish” retreats throughout the year, is an avid gardener, ceramic artist and herbalist.

She will share her skills and wisdom in creating circle rituals and will entertain you with her sense of humor and “wild woman” aliveness.



  • 3:00 – 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.


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