What We Do

Our purpose

Final Passages offers a personal, natural and green approach to end of life care. We offer courses, presentations, educational materials, consultations, referrals and resources that prepare and support individuals, and the community, to help plan, guide, and provide support during environmentally-friendly home or family-directed funerals.

Our work serves the needs of community members from all cultural, economic, religious and spiritual perspectives.

Did you know…?

In California, a family member or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPAHC) Agent can act in lieu of the funeral director, making all of the decisions and orchestrating funeral arrangements. To find information on laws and regulations regarding caring for your own dead, in other states, please visit our Resources section.


Final Passages’ Founder
Jerri Lyons at Jasmine’s
side during a three-day
vigil ceremony

“The way our society cares for people at the end of life can be impersonal and inappropriate. I see Final Passages as a valuable step…to reclaim the process of closure on the life of a loved one.”
–Katherine Foster, M.D.

Final Passages serving you

Final Passages, through our Educational Program, prepares and supports individuals in making informed decisions about creating and carrying out their own funeral arrangements.

Final Passages provides expert guidance in the exploration of choices surrounding the death of a loved one and compassionate alternatives to current funeral practices.

Final Passages is active in the community, educating through family consultations, as well as presentations at colleges, funeral societies, churches, health-care agency and medical facility in-services and public seminars.

Final Passages has participated in over 150 home or family-directed funerals. Through our shared research, educational materials and experience families are able to make informed decisions, take charge of all of the funeral arrangements and secure profound closure and healing without incurring alarming debt.

Final Passages has achieved national recognition through publications, newspapers, magazines, professional journals and radio interviews for an educational program designed to provide a personalized approach to after death-care.

Final Passages is a consumer advocate supporting actions that defend an individual’s funeral rights and gives moral and social instruction regarding the funeral industry.

All of these accomplishments have been achieved through Final Passages volunteers and their countless hours of hard work, perseverance, patience and determination. We have been sustained solely through individual consultations, sale of educational materials, workshops, and small donations.

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