Natural Burial Rites, Death Cafes & Death Midwifery

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Natural Burial Ceremonies

I am working with the Herland Natural Burial Forest at Windward Sustainability Research Institute  and in 2015 I will begin providing ceremonies for natural burials and funeral rites at the Herland Natural Burial Forest on Windward’s property. With this intention, I  began attending the Portland Death Cafes and researching laws relevant to funeral and burials in the states of WA & OR in the fall of 2014. . I took the Death Café facilitation training on June 6, 2015.

Death Cafes

On April 28th 2015, I sought the blessings and permission of Tracey Emerson and Holly Pruett; facilitators of PDX Death Cafes, to begin leading LLR Death Cafes. I  held the first LLR sponsored Death Cafe at Windward during their annual 2015 Memorial Day weekend Open House event on May 23 called the Village Helix.

On Sunday Oct 25th 2015  from 3:00-4:30 Mark Welch and I will facilitated our 2nd Death Cafe style conversation at Windward Sustainability Institute. Afterwards, Andrew Schreiber, president of the Herland Natural Burial Forest will give tours in the forest. You will have the opportunity to meet and chat with forest “guardians” who have bought plots and intend to bury their bodies in the forest. Since this time I have facilitated several Death Cafes for other communities and I am available to provide this service for your community , if you call and arrange it.

Earth My Body: Soul Ceremonies

Reverend Teri D. Ciacchi now offers this class as part of Living Love Revolution curriculum. It was first presented at the Death Ok conference Oct 17. 2015 at Reed College. Tai Kulystin and I also created a website to make the services of providing Natural Burial Ceremonies, Death Cafes and Death Midwifery available to others: www.EarthSoulCeremonies.com

Earth My Body: Soul Ceremonies

How do we create meaningful rituals to honor the presence of death in our lives? Depth Psychology and EcoPsychology offer pathways to the wisdom and strength that is needed when we are called upon to respectfully acknowledge the end of an individual human life; the death of a beloved animal; or the destruction of Nature. Soul Ceremonies allow us to adequately “be with” and integrate the impact of death on our individual and collective psyches. Learn the foundations of ritual design and construction; using sound, symbolism, deep witnessing and altar making to provide a sacred context for death.

My work at the founder and matrix of Living Love Revolution is to help people become more deeply self loving so that they can become resources of transpersonal love for themselves and others. My focus is to teach people to enlarge their capacity to “be with” death and dying as a process that is an integrated and accepted part of life. My work is to do counseling sessions, create soul ceremonies and provide group events and training in birth, death, relationship unions and dissolutions and otherwise help people mark the initiatory events and rites of passage that occur in their lives. I am an earth based spiritual leader focused on how human behaviors impact the more than human environments they occur in. This workshop will allow people to explore their intimate relationship with death and dying and create ceremony and meaning to express that relationship.

Death Midwifery

I highly recommend Holly Pruett as a Life Cycle Celebrant

I also have contact with several death doulas including Henry Welch, Holly Ma Suda and others. I will be networking and promoting the death midwife services of Norah Cedarwind Young of Thresholds of Life

I also recommend the Death Midwifery certificate program from Final Passages where Nora received her certificate.

To understand more about what death midwifery is watch this video:  http://vimeo.com/channels/785333/103453338

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