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Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training

A Program of the Center for End of Life Transitions

May 31-June 2, 2019
9:30 am–5:30 pm Friday–Saturday
9:30 am–1:30 pm Sunday

Burial mound with flowers

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, North Carolina

The Center for End of Life Transitions (CEOLT) is proud to offer this three-day workshop on home-based end of life care and celebrations for the journey of dying at Earthaven Ecovillage, hosted by SOIL.

Cost: $400–$500 sliding scale

Registration will become available by Fall 2018.

Fellowship for Intentional CommunitiesSponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community

Learn Skills for the End of Life at Earthaven Ecovillage

Home funeral lying in stateHome-based celebrations bring death out of the shadows and into the light of life. To care for a family's loved ones by lovingly tending to them in their own homes is a gift and remains an option for those who want to honor this important life transition. This three-day workshop provides an intensive introduction to home funerals and death celebrations. You will learn the practical, legal, and spiritual necessities for accompanying a family along the journey of dying.

CEOLT strongly recommends that participants complete their Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives workshop or equivalent training before participating in this class. The next opportunity for this workshop is May 12–13 at Great Tree Zen Temple in Alexander, NC.

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

What a Home Funeral Can Mean

Subjects Covered

  • Creating a community of intimacy and honor
  • NC state laws on the family's rights after death of a loved one
  • Documents for after death care
  • Green options for the body after death
  • Practicalities of tending a body after death
  • Supplies for home funerals
  • Providing support before death and beyond
  • Developing a nurturing environment around the death transition

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

Register: 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 April 15, 2019.
After April 15, 2018, there will be NO refunds.

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

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

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