As part of our HUUC End-of-Life Ministry Program, Heritage Church is proud to offer to the public a weekend intensive workshop, April 7-9, titled “In-Home Funeral Practices.” This three-day training session, which will be facilitated by Caroline Yongue and Ruth Ostrenga of the Center for End-of-Life Transitions in Asheville, N.C. (ceolt.org), is sponsored by Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary.
Persons interested in learning how to reclaim natural, traditional methods of caring for the deceased, including preparing a loved one for natural or “green” burial, are encouraged to register for this 15-hour seminar. Cost is $295 per participant. Scholarship assistance, if needed, is available for those in the Heritage community who plan to utilize the skills learned to care for church members as part of our End-of-Life Ministry Team.
In-home (or perhaps in-church) death care – lovingly and gently preparing the body for burial or cremation, providing vigil and visitation, honoring and celebrating the spirit and life of the deceased – is a profoundly beautiful, and perfectly legal, alternative to using professional funeral directors and institutional funeral homes. During this three-day educational workshop, you will learn:
- How to assist in creating a community of intimacy and honor prior to and after death
- Ohio laws regarding a family’s rights after the death of a loved one
- Documents needed for after-death care
- Environmentally friendly and affordable options for after-death care
- Practical matters related to tending to and caring for a body after death
- Caring for the grieving, and caring for oneself
Two portions of the weekend will be open to everyone, regardless of whether you are participating in the workshop. A short documentary film, “Dying Green,” will be shown to the public on Saturday night, April 8, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a power point presentation and discussion of natural burial practices. Then, on Sunday morning April 9, at 10:30 a.m. Caroline Yongue will join our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, in leading worship, offering a reflection on death and dying titled, “The Problem Is, We Think We Have Time.”
You can view the tentative workshop schedule in the workshop brochure.
If you have questions about our In-Home Funeral Practices Workshop, please contact Rev. Bill at 513-633-8703, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.