Classes

Funeral Celebrant Training

Officiating the Funeral & Memorial Service
This optional certificate program is open to those students wishing to train as a funeral celebrant.

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Introduction to Home Funerals & Death Midwifery

Discover your options for after-death care and learn how to create a personal, deeply meaningful vigil and funeral at home.           Topics covered include: * Legalities and logistics for home-based, natural after-death care * The role of a Death Midwife * Benefits of a family-directed home funeral * The importance of a three-day vigil * Pre-planning for one’s final transition: Healthcare & Deathcare Directives * Our final footprint on the environment and the case for “Green” burials * Films that demonstrate the sacred beauty of home funerals and green burials * Q & A This 2-hour workshop is offered throughout the year in West LA. Please...

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Physician Aid in Dying – Before you Decide…

The Death with Dignity Act, also known as ‘ Medical Aid in Dying’ permits physicians to prescribe lethal doses of narcotics that a person can administer themselves if they have a terminal diagnosis.  This practice is now legal in a growing number of states including California. The choice to to take one’s own life is a comforting solution to many facing pain and suffering, but there is much to consider before making this important choice. This 3-hour thought provoking and interactive workshop includes film excerpts, stories and discussion while investigating the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of allowing natural death vs. taking lethal...

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Completing Advance Directives

Learn the steps to take to prepare for a ‘good death’ and relieve your loved-ones from making these important health-care and death-care decisions for you.   Complete your Advance Directives today!     Topics discussed: * Choosing a Healthcare advocate * Making informed decisions about artificial nutrition, artificial hydration, organ and body donations * The DNR and POLST forms – how and when to complete them * Completing your Advance Directive for Health Care * Choosing a Death-care advocate * Making informed decisions about after-death care, home funerals vs. conventional funerals, cremation or burial * Completing your Advance Directive for Death...

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The Art of Death Midwifery

The Art of Death Midwifery is an intensive, in-depth training for professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and those seeking to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition. … This certificate training course consists of 3 intensive weekend workshops plus group conference calls, reading and practical assignments. Level I:   ENTER THE GRAVE – A Spiritual Practice Level 2:  CONSCIOUS DYING – Preparing for a Peaceful Transition Level 3:  AFTER DEATH CARE – Preparation of the body, Home Funerals & Final Disposition FUNERAL CELEBRANT TRAINING – This optional certificate training is for Interfaith Ministers and those seeking...

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Your Final Footprint

An introduction to environmentally conscious after-death care, green burials and alternative cremations. Ensure that your final footprint reflects your conscious life-style choices.   Topics include: * The case against embalming *  Natural, non toxic after-death care and preservation practices *  Green, bio-degradable caskets, coffins and shrouds *  Green burials vs. conventional burials *  Alternatives to fire cremation: Alkaline Hydrolysis, Promession, Excarnation *  Maritime burials at sea This 2- hour workshop if offered periodically throughout the year. Please be sure to sign up on our mailing list to receive updates for classes in your area.  If you would like...

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Sacred Crossings

Sacred Crossings