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. honoringchoices.org
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. homefuneralalliance.org
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. mnthresholdnetwork.wordpress.com
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. funerals.org
The Minnesota Department of Health offers a free downloadable booklet with information on final disposition. health.state.mn.us/divs/hpsc/mortsci/choices.pdf
Coffins, Shrouds and Urns
The Duluth Casket Shop
Custom hand crafted caskets and cremation boxes. facebook.com/pages/Duluth-Casket-Shop/1488347231485619
Affordable Coffins and Artery
Dignified, hand-crafted, custom, and “green” coffins. affordablecoffinsandartery.com
Affordable constructed secular shrouds designed specifically for people who want their funerals to be as simple and natural as their lives. kinkaraco.com
Handmade wood caskets and urns blessed by the Trappist Monks at New Melleray Abby in Iowa.
Bellacouche Felt Studio
Beautiful burial cocoons hand-made from wool felt. bellacouche.com
Final Foot Print
Beautiful, natural urns, coffins and caskets. finalfootprint.com
Funeral Homes and Green Burial Sites (Twin Cities area)
Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens
Natural Burial ground in Inver Grove Heights. mngreengraves.com
Crescent Tide Funeral and Cremation
Providing low cost funerals and cremations. crescenttide.com
Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation
First funeral home in Minnesota to offer Flameless Cremation (alkaline hydrolysis). greencremation.com
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.
Non-denominational cemetery owned and operated by the city of Marine on St. Croix, MN. 651-433-3636, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/news/green-funerals
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. awillforthewoods.com
To schedule a public viewing, send an email from the connect page.
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: http://www.deathcaring.ca/