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Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives

A Program of the Center for End of Life Transitions

Home Burial Arrangement

March 30-31 class cancelled.
If you would like to take this course, please consider taking it directly through the Center of End of Life Transitions on: 

May 18 & 19 | Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Nov. 9, 16, 23 | Saturdays, 9am-12pm

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.

Prepare Your End of Life Documents

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 May 31-June 2.

Class is held in Earthaven's beautiful Council Hall within a welcoming forest community.

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.


Frank Starling is drawn to working with individuals and their loved ones who are facing the end of life event . He feels it is an honor to serve in this capacity. “With each interaction, these folks become my teacher and the path of service becomes clear.”  In 1997, he attended a home funeral workshop along with Caroline Yongue. From this experience, Caroline and he created their first class to help community members prepare for their death. Shortly after this class, he had the honor of serving as a home funeral guide for one of the participants of that class. As his interest expanded, he began assisting individuals with life limiting illnesses, resulting in being present to his own mortality.  He has worked as a CNA, LPN and RN in ICU and Inpatient and Community Hospice. He has come full circle and is excited to be back home with Center for End of Life Transitions.


Location, Travel and Accommodations

This program takes place at Earthaven Ecovillage. This permaculture-based community offers a unique living classroom where participants will engage with the natural world, eco-infrastructure, and the intimate experience of rural community living.

What to expect at Earthaven


Several accommodation options are available for attendees on the land and in the surrounding area.

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Cost per person: 1 night $35, 2 nights $50

Private Indoor Lodging

Private indoor lodging for 1 person: 1 night $80, 2 nights $125
Private indoor lodging for 2 people (shared bed): 1 night $120, 2 nights $187.50

Off Site Options

Various options in Bat Cave, Black Mountain, and Asheville.

How to secure your space

Register directly through Center for End of Life Transitions.

Experience a developing ecovillage for yourself!

Most of SOIL’s classes take place at Earthaven Ecovillage, giving participants a hands-on, skill-building immersion within an authentic community-based, village setting. Tours of Earthaven are also available on a monthly basis, a great way to dip your toe into this long-standing, intergenerational social experiment.

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