Education and Advocacy

Honoring Choices Minnesota

Inspires and supports community-based conversations regarding end-of-life care planning. A great resource for Advanced Care Directives, Advanced Care planning, Health Care Agents, Multicultural Resources and beginning the Conversation.

National Home Funeral Alliance

The NHFA acts as a clearinghouse of all things home funeral, providing connections and resource information to all who are looking for guidance.

Minnesota Threshold Network

An informal place to talk, share, and educate ourselves and others about the environmental, emotional and economic benefits of a more natural, less commercial approach to death, including conscious dying, home vigils, family-directed funerals, and natural burials.

Green Burial Council

Green, or natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. Green Burial Council

Funeral Consumers Alliance

Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.


The Minnesota Department of Health offers a free downloadable booklet with information on final disposition.

Coffins, Shrouds and Urns

The Duluth Casket Shop

Custom hand crafted caskets and cremation boxes.

Affordable Coffins and Artery

Dignified, hand-crafted, custom, and “green” coffins.

Kinkaraco (ken-Car-raw-co)

Affordable constructed secular shrouds designed specifically for people who want their funerals to be as simple and natural as their lives.

Trappist Caskets

Handmade wood caskets and urns blessed by the Trappist Monks at New Melleray Abby in Iowa.

Trappist Caskets and Urns

Bellacouche Felt Studio

Beautiful burial cocoons hand-made from wool felt.

Final Foot Print

Beautiful, natural urns, coffins and caskets.

Funeral Homes and Green Burial Sites (Twin Cities area)

Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens

Natural Burial ground in Inver Grove Heights.

Crescent Tide Funeral and Cremation

Providing low cost funerals and cremations.

Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation

First funeral home in Minnesota to offer Flameless Cremation (alkaline hydrolysis).

Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center

Minnesota’s first hybrid green burial ground certified by the Green Burial Council. Brooklyn Center.

Oak Hill Cemetery

Hybrid burial ground. NOTE: Oak Hill does not maintain a website, call 612-869-6404 for further information.

Oakland Cemetery

Non-denominational cemetery owned and operated by the city of Marine on St. Croix, MN. 651-433-3636,


Hybrid burial ground, Roseville, MN.651-489-1720.

Books and Film

Dying at Home

A short video of a home vigil honors a mother’s last wish.

Death Makes Life Possible

Death Makes Life Possible follows cultural anthropologist and scientist Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions. Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades. Watch the trailer here: Death Makes Life Possible

A Will For the Woods
What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Capturing the genesis of a revolutionary social and environmental movement, A Will for the Woods draws the viewer into a life-affirming and immersive portrait of people embracing their connection to timeless natural cycles.

To schedule a public viewing, send an email from the connect page.

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A Family Undertaking

Explores the growing home-funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. Watch the trailer on PBS.


When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) decides to start over and moves back to his small hometown. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi”, a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.


BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Death Midwifery

It’s and honor to offer those who feel called to serve death midwifery as an opportunity to deepen their personal and/or professional practices. BEyond Yonder offers a 12 week core program that is an online shared learning experience led by Canadian leaders in the field. The intention is to build a community that recognizes the grassroots nature of the work by reclaiming our innate wisdom regarding death care. Learn more about program here:

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