Level 3 Online Description

Honoring Life’s Final Passage, Level 3

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

Level 1 and 2 are a prerequisite for Level 3 Training.

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, typically in May.

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

Length of Training:

Level 3 is 4 days of training. While we are online, it will be 2 weekends. For 2021 Level 3 dates, check our home page.

Because we offer the training once per year, if you are reading this between June and February, there may 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 our 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.


In 2021, Level 3 will be online. Hopefully we will be able to meet in person in 2022.


For current Level 3 cost, check our HOME PAGE for the next training.

Level 3 Alumni

Level 3 Alumni get an email with 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. For our 2018 retreat, lodging varies from $25/night for tent camping to $95/night for a private room in the lodge.

We post the prices each year. A member of our staff handles your lodging reservations, and will gladly discuss the options with you.


Jerrigrace Lyons

Jerrigrace 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. Jerrigrace has guided hundreds of home funerals since 1995.

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


In addition to Jerrigrace’s decades of experience, we have guest presenters and instructors at each Level 3 training.

Each year, we post short bios of our guest instructors and presenters on the registration page.


Our Level 3 Training is 3 days. In 2021, we will be online 2 weekends from 9:30 – 5:30 Pacific


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

Check our home page or the sidebar for the next Level 3 Training.

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