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Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives

A Program of the Center for End of Life Transitions

March 30-31, 2019
12–5 pm (10 hours total)

Home Burial Arrangement

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, North Carolina

The Center for End of Life Transitions (CEOLT) is proud to offer this interactive workshop on preparing end of life documents at Earthaven Ecovillage, hosted by SOIL. This class provides a strong foundation for the Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training class offered later in the year.

Cost: $180–$240 sliding scale

Registration will become available by Fall 2018.

Prepare Your End of Life Documents at Earthaven Ecovillage

Signing documentationDeath is a journey that all must take, and establishing your path before the time arrives can make that journey easier for you and your loved ones. Perhaps you have thought about starting, completing, reviewing, or even finding your end of life documents. This workshop offers a casual group setting where you will work to complete your advance care and after death care documents. Over the course of two five-hour classes, you will produce a notarized set of end-of-life documents and determine your next steps.

This course provides a strong foundation for the Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training class offered by CEOLT and SOIL later in the year.

Class is held in Earthaven's beautiful Council Hall within a welcoming forest community. Learn more about lodging options and Earthaven Ecovillage.

Subjects Covered

  • Living will
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Five Wishes document
  • Declaration of Disposition of Physical Body After Death
  • Death certificate
  • MOST document
  • Cremation authorization
  • Final arrangements
  • Options for after death care: home funeral/burial/cremation
  • Laws and regulations regarding disposition of bodies

About the Facilitators

Caroline YongueCaroline Yongue is the director of the Center for End of Life Transitions, a death care midwife, and a doula for the dying. After a long spiritual search, she committed to a Buddhist mindfulness practice in 1990 and has since become a lay Buddhist minister in the Soto Zen tradition. In 1995, Caroline began working towards a greater understanding of the death and dying process when she discovered her own fears around the transition and journey that everyone will take.

Caroline feels blessed to participate in the life transitions of families and individuals, moments that have deeply touched her heart. She believes it is a gift and honor to be part of these transitions.

Ruth OstrengaRuth Ostrenga is an educator with the Center for End of Life Transitions, a death care midwife, and a doula for the dying. She has been training in Soto Zen Buddhism with her teacher, Nancy Spence of Anattasati Magga Sangha in Asheville, NC, since 2000, and is ordained as a lay Buddhist minister. Ruth finds her greatest reward in working with CEOLT is guiding families through the process of home funerals and tending to their loved ones in the home after death. She is honored and privileged to work with families in these settings, which are so profoundly intimate and life affirming, even in death. CEOLT work continues to allow Ruth the opportunity to keep her heart open to all that life presents.


How to secure your space

APPLY: Fill out the registration form. Please give yourself plenty of time to complete the application, because it cannot be saved until submitted.

Registration will become available by Fall 2018.

Payment: Payment can be submitted by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card. If paying online, use the widget below to select your tuition, then select "Add to Cart." After the page refreshes, select the "Checkout with PayPal" option and continue through the PayPal website.

If paying offline, please send a check or money order payable to the following address and note the class for which you are registering in the memo field:

School of Integrated Living
11 Full Circle Trail
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Crowdfunding and Fundraising: Check out our Crowdfunding and Fundraising page for creative ways to engage your community and launch a "Community Supported Education" campaign. This approach can help support your investment in yourself, your community, the planet, and future generations.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel, you may transfer your place in the program to anyone of your choosing, who will need to register online. You can also donate your place to someone who would not be able to participate without financial assistance.

A 50% tuition refund is available until February 15, 2019.
After February 15, 2019, there will be NO refunds.

If SOIL cancels this course for any reason whatsoever, 100% of your tuition will be refunded.

Contact us at info@schoolofintegratedliving.org with registration questions.

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