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- 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 cared for by family and friends, not by strangers
- Family and friends decorating or building a casket or urn as a healing act of closure
- Environmentally conscious final disposition
- Children learning that death is a natural part of the lifecycle by participating in a home funeral
- Knowing more affordable options compared to conventional methods
Started in 1995, Final Passages was the nation’s first non-profit, educational institute and resource center dedicated to conscious dying, and a holistic, green, compassionate and dignified alternative to conventional funeral and after-death practices. We are also the first nationwide organization to create a death midwifery and home funeral guidance training program.
Celebrating more than 25 Years in Death Doula/Midwifery and Home Funeral Guidance!
Our work serves the needs of community members who come from a variety of cultural, economic, and religious perspectives. Final Passages is an active participant in the National Home Funeral Alliance.
In the News
Up until last week, it has been a grey area what End of Life Doulas and Home Funeral educators were legally allowed to do. Now a California court case recently decided that End of Life Doulas don’t have to be licensed to help with home funerals. They have the right to educate families about home funerals, and can receive compensation for their guidance. Read an article about this precedent-setting decision at California Can No Longer Require End-of-Life Doulas to Obtain Costly Funeral Director Licenses
While we were in Hawaii to teach at the Death Doula training, I did an interview with Amorah at Gutsy Women Radio. Click here or on the image below to watch the interview on Facebook. (No login required.)
Upcoming Trainings and Events
Advance Health Care Directives:
A Gift to Your Loved Ones
Learn how to create or update an advance health care directive for yourself or a loved one.
Linda Suhr is an end-of-life doula whose guiding principle is to listen to and meet clients wherever they are on their end-of-life journey. Many of her clients are relatively healthy and are pro-actively seeking to put their affairs in order. She supports these clients as they deeply reflect on essential end-of-life considerations, gather important documents and organize them all in a cohesive way so that their loved ones will be able to honor their wishes when the time comes. Linda also holistically supports those who are actively dying, along with their caregivers, in the medley of care needed at the end of life. Linda founded Autumn of Life Planning in 2021 and is a founding member of Sonoma County End of Life Doula Alliance and serves on the Core Council for Final Passages.
Sally Shannon wrote her Masters’ thesis on “Dying, Loss and Grief”. She has continued studying with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Raymond Moody, Sylvia Boorstein, Rabbi Alan Lew, z”l, and Jerrigrace. Sally participates in tahara, the Jewish ritual washing and blessing before burial.
She coaches individuals and families preparing their end of life plans, including developing a Covid-19 Advanced Directive Addendum. For many years, Sally has been an Assistant Instructor for Final Passages. One of her great passions is supporting families making euthanasia decisions for their beloved pets and helps them say goodbye.
Once every 2 months on Wednesdays at 7 PM Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Let’s Talk About Death: Film & Discussion Evening
Postponed until further notice.
“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
Final Passages’ trainings go far far beyond home funerals. I step into more of who truly am every time I come. There’s nowhere and nothing in the world like them. They’re consistently the most transformative trainings and workshops I’ve ever attended.— Andrea, Santa Cruz
In reflection of the my path with your direction in May 2019, I must let you know how much that experience meant to me and continues to mean to me.
The opportunity to say good bye to my Beloved husband Tom by having his presence close to me for three days as his spirit left his body, continues to be such a healing for me.
Thank-you, so much for nurturing the peace and deep-hearted presence of love which still lives within me today.
I would love to be a part of your dedicated work; if and when there is a path for me to do so.
Please know, how thankful I am for your inspirational work.
Peace, Love and deep Gratitude,Mathilda Cassidy, Home Funeral Guidance Client
We weren’t ready for how the veil was parted in our lives, but we appreciate all we learned at your course a few years ago. We relied heavily on what we’d just learned to a) share new options (and our wishes) with our adult children, b) advise them to let either us or someone they trusted know their wishes, and c) share with others, encouraging similar things.Tami Monkman, Level 1 and 2 student
We had no idea that in just a very short while, we would host a tender wake at home for our 24-year old daughter, Anlya Grace.
Her tragic death in August 2018 shocked us all – family, childhood friends, and extended community in several cities. Mourners repeated over and over how much it meant to be able to bring their art/poem/quote/peace to enfold and honor Anlya.
Many didn’t know such a thing as her community-decorated cremation casket and home-directed funeral was possible. All were agreed: Anlya’s at-home, earth friendly wake was exactly how she would have wanted her community to gather. An artist, poet, and equal rights activist, she was known for sheltering and feeding temporarily homeless friends, celebrating our beautiful planet, laughing heartily, dancing and galvanizing others to reach beyond indolence, cruelty, and discrimination.
I can hear her in my mind, anxiously watching while her country chooses its path, ferociously urging while she paces.
Thank you, Jerrigrace, for your instruction, hands-on demonstrations, and resource materials provided at the workshop.
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