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Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training

August 25–27, 2017
9 am–5:30 pm Friday–Saturday
9 am–1:30 pm Sunday

Burial mound with flowers

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, North Carolina

SOIL and Earthaven Ecovillage are proud to partner with the Center for End of Life Transitions (CEOLT) for this three-day workshop on home-based end of life care and celebrations for the journey of death.

Cost: $400–$450 sliding scale

Early registration encouraged!
Limited small scholarships are available.

Fellowship for Intentional CommunitiesSponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community


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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 death.

Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives workshop or equivalent training before participating in this class.

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

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PAYMENT: Tuition can be paid by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card.

Send your check or money order payable to the following:

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

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Sliding Scale ($400-450)

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