NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy
PO Box 456, Holderness NH 03245   603.236.9495
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Presentations, Speakers, and Workshops
Presentations
We tailor presentations to meet the specific needs of the group, including senior centers, hospice and hospital in-services for staff and volunteers, adult education in schools and churches, food co-ops, civic organizations, environmental and conservation groups, and many more. To schedule a workshop, presentation, or tabling event, call us at 603.236.9495 or email nhfrea@gmail.comSuggested donation $100

  • It's Your Funeral, Do It Your Way: Learning about all the options
  • Going Out Green: What's a green burial and why would I want one?
  • Bridging from Hospice to Home Funeral
  • Forming Faith Community After-death Care Committees
  • Home Funeral Film plus Q&A with the director

​Information Tables
Staffed tables with brochures, educational information, take-away materials
Wow visitors at your next eco-fair, church open house, or other gathering by hosting an information table about home funerals and green burials. Our staff is eager to engage with the public regarding their environmental and cultural concerns around current funeral and disposition practices—without scaring them to death.

Educational Workshops
If you would like to schedule a workshop of 8+ participants from the general public, 
private groups or spiritual communities, we will come to you. Suggested donation 
$75 per person; scholarships available
Learn how to care for your own at home in this five-hour hands-on workshop and 
demonstration. We'll cover how to conduct a home funeral on your own terms from 
soup to nuts, including: legal responsibilities, paperwork and processes; how to perform 
basic body care; how to include family and friends, clergy and others; the roles of hospital, 
care facility, hospice personnel, home funeral guides and funeral directors; and explore the 
benefits of family-led, family-directed after-death care.

Our Speakers & Trainers
​                        Lee Webster is a writer, editor, public speaker, conservationist, hospice volunteer, and gardener. She has trained as a home funeral 
                             guide with Final Passages and Crossings: caring for our own at death, and works with Crossings Care Circle and other home 
                             funeral advocates and educators as the current President of the National Home Funeral Alliance, Green Burial Council board 
                             member, and Director of NHFREA. Central NH & Lakes Region

                             Elicia Dowd is a dedicated volunteer in the Concord—Manchester area hospice as Chair of the Guild Committee and member of the 
                             Advisory Board. Her trainings as a home funeral guide with Final Passages and Crossings: caring for our own at death have inspired
                             her desire to educate others. She is an avid gardener, loves to kayak and tend bees. Concord and Manchester area

                             Julie Lanoie RN, MA, is a registered nurse, counselor, hospice bereavement coordinator, and therapeutic respite provider in the                                          Mount Washington Valley. She received her home funeral training with Final Passages and is an advocate for family-directed
                             funerals and informed choice in funeral planning. She is producing a film about home funerals. Mount Washington Valley

                             Michael Whitman has made simple pine caskets in the traditional New England style since 1981, is a juried member of the
                             League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, has been a consumer advocate since the late '70s, and gives workshops on funeral planning
                             as a volunteer for the Funeral Consumers AllianceUpper Valley and Connecticut River corridor

                             Susan Curtin is an experienced birth doula, hospice volunteer, and nonprofit board and management team member, with degrees in 
                             gerontology, clinical and counseling psychology, and chemical dependency, in addition to medical assistance studies. She is a home 
                             chef, animal lover, sports enthusiast, and bookworm, and received training from Final Passages. Monadnock & Southwestern NH

​                             Deana Darby has worked in the healing arts since 1990. She is a certified Shiatsu massage therapist and Classical Homeopath. She
                             has undergone advanced training and internship through The Mandorla Project in Spiritual Midwifery to the Dying and has
                             completed advanced training through Final Passages. Deana has trained extensively in meditation, as well as energetic and intuitive
                             healing arts. Founder of Bodhi Tree Holistic Health Center and Full Circle Center in Napa, CA, she now pursues her passion as a
                             consultant for conscious living and dying in New Hampshire. Wilton & Southwestern NH

                             Chuck Lakin is a retired college librarian, master woodworker of fine furniture and caskets, and dedicated home funeral educator
                             with Maine's Last Things. His experience when his father died has led him to offer people the information they need to have the
                             personal experience her wanted with his father. Waterville, ME and surrounds

                             Kate Brown is an ordained interfaith chaplain and hospice volunteer, group facilitator for The Center for Grieving Children, and a 
                             certified advance care planning, facilitator, qualified to help patients and families discuss and document end-of-life decisions. She is 
                             also a trained home funeral guide and death midwife. When not engaged in Last Things, she can be found in her kayak, on her yoga 
                             mat, tending to her bees, or hanging with Rusty and Mike, an irreverent feline and well-trained husband, respectively.
                             Kennebunk, ME and NH Seacoast