in loving hands

I had the honor of attending an all day workshop yesterday at the serene and beautiful Center at Westwoods.  This workshop focused on the art of green, family-led deathcare.

I was looking forward to listening to some wonderful leaders in the family led death-care movement. There are a few people who I found via the internet or personal recommendation early on in my death care training.  I can’t tell you how cool it was to have them all together in the same room for a day!   Heather Massey is a licensed massage therapist and family led death-care educator.  I love the energy and enthusiasm that Heather brings to EVERYTHING and couldn’t wait to listen to her.

Ruth Faas owns Mourning Dove Studio and is one of the first people I started to communicate with when I was still studying to be an End of Life Consultant and knew we’d be moving to Massachusetts.  Ruth sells eco-funeral supplies, but that is only the beginning.  Ruth has a heart open wide and holds loving space for those that are navigating the death journey either personally or as a loved one.  She beautifully weaves art expression into her connection with people and allows a special type of healing to take place.

Last but certainly not least, I had been looking forward to meeting Karen Van Vurren for quite some time.  Karen  is the founder of the educational non-profit magazine Natural Transitions.

To be with these gifted and loving women was a real honor.  We also had a very educational talk by Ashlie Taylor.  Ashlie is the incoming president of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts and was incredibly helpful to us as she explained some of the new protocols in MA for death certificates.   I was pleased to hear more about Mount Auburn Cemetery from Candace Currie.  As wonderful as it was to learn more about their green options, I was thrilled to know that there are other cemeteries throughout MA that will allow green burials.  For more information about what green burial even is, feel free to drop me an email.

I hope we have many more of these in months and years to come.  I’d love to see more people who just want to take ownership of their own death management and those of their loved ones attend these workshops.

Healing begins when we do something.  Lovingly caring for the body after death aids immensely in beginning the grief process.  Like everything else in life, it should be all about what you are comfortable with, and what will serve you.  You may want to simply bathe and dress your loved one before calling the funeral home or you may want to hold the entire funeral process in your home.  The choices are yours to make and the most vibrant experiences happen when there as been as much pre-planning as possible.  To learn more about options and even the step by step processes, set up a complementary meeting to get started.  I look forward to hearing from you!


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