“Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to their very end, we have allowed our lives to be controlled by the imperatives of medicine, technology, and strangers.”

                                       - Atul Gawande, Being Mortal

Our work is about bringing death and dying back into our lives and back into our homes.

Back into Our Lives 

By demystifying and planning for death, we can focus on what is most important in life. Facing our own mortality can help prioritize the things that are most meaningful.

We might ask ourselves, what brings us the most pleasure, what brings us joy? How do we refocus toward those? Are there relationships we want to repair or reconcile before it’s too late? Are there people we want to spend more time with? Are there some things we’re willing to give up so we can focus on others that are more important? 

How do we want to be remembered? What are we passing on to the next generation? Not just tangible things we put in our will, but the joys, sorrows, and revelations that shaped us. Our stories, funny, sad, or poignant, can help our loved ones and even our wider community gain deeper insight into our lives and perhaps into their own. 

Finding meaning, setting goals, finding creative ways to tell your story and leave your legacy. We can work with you on all of these, as well as the nuts and bolts (legal & financial records, etc.) of end of life planning. Please click below to learn more about our services. 

Back into Our Homes 

It used to be that most people died at home, and families took care of the body from death bed to grave. The professionalization of the dying process in the U.S. is a fairly recent phenomenon. 
Now, there's growing interest in reclaiming that heritage. Most people say they want to die at home, and in recent the years the number who actually do (as opposed to dying in a hospital or nursing home) is increasing. More families are beginning to care for the body in the hours and days after death, and conduct home funerals. There’s a growing interest in green burial as people become aware of the environmental costs of both embalming and traditional burial, and cremation.

We can assist after death care, home funeral, and green burial. We can help you explore the options and decide what is right for you. We can connect you with other resources or help guide you through the process.
Please see our Resources page for more information.

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