HOME FUNERAL & GREEN BURIAL Simple, personal and natural ways to honor and care for the dead

Caring for our own dead can bring healing and comfort to friends and family and is a normal extension of hospice care at home. Our Home Funeral & Green Burial Workshop is for End-of-Life Doulas, hospice workers, those in the funeral industry and anyone who wishes to have the knowledge to plan ahead for self, family or friends.

Dates to be announced. No further workshops are scheduled for 2019. If you are interested in possibly scheduling a workshop in your community, contact mrush@LifespanDoulas.com.

Transform how families in your community care for their loved ones after death.

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Home Funeral & Green Burial Workshop participants learn:

  • Current funeral practices in the U.S.
  • How to care for the body at home after death
  • How to create sacred space, funeral ceremony or ritual
  • Legal and cost considerations
  • How to locate and work with a funeral director
  • Special circumstances
  • Green Burial (what it is and where it is available)
  • How to plan ahead and create a circle of support

End-of-Life Doulas who wish to be involved in caring for the body in the home after death, home funerals and green burial are strongly encouraged to become trained as a Home Funeral Guide in addition to their End-of-Life Doula Training.

Merilynne Rush

With Merilynne Rush, MSHP, RN, BSN

"I first began working in the area of end-of-life by becoming a home funeral guide. It has been such a privilege and gift to witness families caring for their own after death at home, seeing them lovingly wash, dress and lay out the body in their own home in a sacred and personal way. Many families who choose an end-of-life doula will also choose home funeral and/or green burial.”

Merilynne has been educating folks about natural death care since 2009 and has helped over 50 families have a home funeral and/or green burial. She offers an annual Home Funeral Guide Training Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will travel to communities where there is a demand. For more information about home funerals and green burial visit After Death Home Care and the National Home Funeral Alliance websites.