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Hi Paul,
I'm so glad that you discovered this amazing and powerful approach to caring for our own at death. 20 years ago in Sebastopol, CA I started the first non-profit, Final Passages: Institute of Conscious Dying, Home Funeral and Green Burial Education (http://www.finalpassages.org) with the mission of informing people about their rights to care for their own dead. Since that time we have traveled internationally teaching people how to prepare for death and what it is to be a midwife and home funeral guide for those in transition. We have personally assisted nearly 400 families and had hundreds of people take our courses. It has been the most profound path watching so many people transform fear into love, helplessness into creative grief rituals and deep despair into feeling supported and cared for. As Olivia said, we are just at the beginning and within a few more years everyone will know of this option. Of this I feel certain. Everyday I receive more articles about green home funerals and burial and now many other new choices for disposition coming down the pike. I give thanks for every person who awakens to this humane and ancient art and wisdom of our ancestors. Blessings to you and all who are willing to explore their own life and inevitable passage. Jerrigrace Lyons, Executive Director Final Passages, Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide.
http://finalpassages.org