Honoring Life’s Final Passage, Level 3 Annual Training: Becoming a Death Midwife/Doula, 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.
4 days ONLINE spread over 2 weekends.
October 7-8, 2023 and November 11-12, 2023
9:30 – 5:30 each day
and an FAQ session
Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10 AM -1 PM Pacific Time
Early Bird Price: $890
Save $60 by paying in full by the Early Bird Date, Friday, September 22, 2023.
Full Price of course: $950 after Early Bird date
Early Bird Price automatically applied at checkout through Early Bird Date.
Scholarship discounts available. Call us at 707-824-0268.
Our training will be 2 weekends about 1 month apart plus a half-day FAQ session
Level 3 includes a certificate of completion for our death midwifery and home funeral guidance program.
WHAT WE COVER IN LEVEL 3
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 consultation role-play
- Grief & Family dynamics
- After death body care review and homework assignment to practice
- A variety of ceremonial styles and rituals
- Death meditation practice
- Dealing with autopsy and pacemakers
- Current political issues
- When NOT to offer a home funeral
- Shroud wrapping and shroud-only green burials
- Still birth and fetal home funerals
- Natural methods of disposition (green burial, aquamation (water cremation), and Natural Organic Reduction)
- End of Life Option Act, MAiD (Medical Aid in Dying), and VSED (Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking)
- Resources for presenting to your community
- Exploration and guidance for starting a business or home funeral support group in your area
We are planning lively panel discussions of various topics by our staff and guest presenters. We are very excited about our online format for Level 3 and having many new graduates at the conclusion!!
Step 1: 3 WAYS TO REGISTER
Drop a note in snail mail with the following info:
Your name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and what training you are registering for.
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.
OR PAY WITH CREDIT CARD OVER THE PHONE:
Call us at (707) 824-0268 to register by phone.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEVEL 3
I think the course curriculum and materials were excellent and very well-developed. You included different types of content/modes in learning including music, video, ritual, poetry, humor, breakouts, Q&A, discussions, meaningful homework practice/assignments, facilitator sharing, etc. The curriculum and schedule flowed very well. The pacing and content felt just right to me. The curriculum felt well-rounded and came through different sensory and pathways for learning. You addressed head, heart, and spirit. We covered a lot of material (on Zoom even!) and I felt nourished and surprisingly energized at the end of each day. Juliana
I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. All of the teachers are amazing women with loving hearts, who offered skillful instruction. I am impressed and inspired. — Kelli
Truly, the power of having gathered all these like-minded people, seeking to change the way we do death, is breathtaking. Besides that factor, the videos of the ‘how to’ are really helpful. Seeing the language that’s used to speak to a family and the ability to see the techniques that are used when working with a body were a wonderful tool to help me get a better understanding of what happens in ‘real time’. — Cassidy
You were able to create such connection and intimacy on the Zoom format in a seamless way. We were truly held in a cradle of care, love and support. I felt very extra grateful to be able to do this deep dive into Conscious Death and Dying in the comfort and privacy of my own Home. It also made it very affordable. I learned and grew more than I ever dreamed. I am still digesting the rich feast, yet feel I will gracefully find my way to how I can serve others in this area of life and death. — Ranjita
Jerrigrace, founder of Final Passages, is a death midwife, educator, home funeral guide, Reiki Master and Minister. 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 in the past 3 decades and now supports individuals who choose Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD). She has created and developed a 3-tiered certificate program in conscious dying and home funeral guidance called, “Honoring Life’s Final Passage”. Jerrigrace is featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary, A Family Undertaking (available on Netflix as DVD).
Tentative List of
GUEST PRESENTERS AND INSTRUCTORS
Sally 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.
Manena Harper, BA and End-of-Life Nanny, created Heart Centered Memorials (HCM) after attending the Final Passages Workshops. She has a diverse business background including managing a non-profit free clinic for seniors in Santa Monica, CA that was featured on 60 minutes and 20/20. She has been involved with end of life care since 1974 she has facilitated many home funerals, and memorial services including her husband’s, and supports MAID, (Medical Aid in Dying) clients. She has been part of the Final Passages family for almost 20 years. She has her own Personal Concierge/Assistant business and is a member of the Final Passages Core Council.
Constance Miles is a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She has been a home birth midwife for 36 years and a death midwife and end of life doula for 19 years. She offers deep listening, a compassionate presence, and a quirky sense of humor. Constance is a member of the Final Passages Core Council and the Sonoma County End of Life Doula Alliance. Her book, Lamentations, is a collection of her poems about grief and remembrance inspired by removing her mom from life support and midwifing her stepson through his final journey.
Michelle Vesser has a deep connection with the wild and spiritual world.After 30-years as a farmer/gardener, she created Everything Sacred: Tending Your Inner and Outer Landscape which offers her passions as an end-of-life doula, home funeral guide, spiritual and grief counselor, and organic garden coach.
Michelle brings practical, emotional and spiritual experience to individuals and families in the dying process, at the time of death, during after death care, and through their grieving process. She is a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and offers the end-of-life practices of Phowa and Zhitro. Michelle co-foundered the Sonoma County End-of-Life Doula Alliance www.socoelda.com
Mark is a wisdom keeper with many life skills. He is a minister who facilitated psychic- meditation groups for a decade in LA and an Intenders group in Sebastopol for 10 years. Mark is an Herbalist, Reiki Master, Acupressure Practitioner and a Certified Diet Counselor.
He provides core support to Final Passages and Home and Family Funerals by assisting in guidance and hands-on family support and he is Final Passages’ Audio/Visual Technician.
Final Passages could not function without this man behind the scene.
Melissa is a 40+ yr. health consultant, educator and bodyworker, specializing in solutions and recovery from environmental impacts on health. Melissa directed the home funeral and memorial for her 21 year old son Jack in 2007. She has assisted Final Passages workshops for the past 15 years, and has facilitated and assisted with home funerals. She’s passionate about sharing the importance of post-death rituals and facilitating contact with loves ones on the other side. She loves to tell magical stories about contacts with her son, which tell the story of how he helped heal her broken heart after he died.
Lori Goldwyn has worked in the EOL field since becoming a Hospice & Palliative Care volunteer in 2013. In 2016, she took INELDA’s EOL doula training & since then, she has developed her doula practice & continues to learn from other EOL professionals. Since 2018, she has specialized in assisting people who choose the CA End of Life Option Act, while learning from & collaborating with Dr. Lonny Shavelson & Thalia DeWolf, RN, founders of the American Clinicians Academy for Medical Aid in Dying (ACAMAID).
Lori is a founding member of the Bay Area End of Life Doula Alliance. She has a Masters of Science degree in Speech & Language Pathology & lives here in the Bay Area in lovely Point Richmond.
Laura Musselman lives and works in Central California.
She is an end-of-life doula, a death educator, and volunteers with a local hospice as well as Compassion & Choices.
A former professor of both philosophy and writing, she is also working on a book about her own experiences with grief and loss.
LENGTH AND HOURS OF WORKSHOP
4 days on 2 weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 – 5:30 Pacific Plus a half-day FAQ session
AFTER LEVEL 3
We have a new 2-day Graduate Practicum Training, offered once per year.
For local graduates, ask about Internship options. Jerrigrace is usually available by telephone to assist any graduates with a home funeral.