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HOME FUNERAL PRACTICUM - Sponsored by Hands and Hearts Wellbeing
Private Family Residence
London, ON
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For many of our loved ones who are dying, they wish to be at home versus a hospital. The Home Funeral Practicum is an uplifting, hands on, holistic workshop that provides you the knowledge and skills to tenderly care for a loved one's body and spirit at death.

Our goal is to help clarify your values and personal preferences around dying and deathcare. We do so through valuable discussions - including how to work with one's thoughts, emotions and intuitions arising before the dead.  

We'll have live models to practice moving, washing, dressing, casketing and holding a vigil that honours the personality of the deceased. With your personal touch, we paint and decorate cardboard caskets. Creating sacred space, soulful rituals, and meaningful ceremony are important dimensions of the workshop.  

Whether you do it yourself, with a death doula, home funeral guide and or a funeral director you'll acquire an understanding of Ontario's provincial legalities, procedures and permits, universal health precautions and the ethics of the death midwifery movement.  

We believe reviving old fashioned family-led, home vigils has far reaching, positive benefits for our children, ourselves and the culture at large: greater peace, enhanced connectivity to and appreciation for life!

For more information visit the HFPracticum website.

Instructor: Don Morris, M.Ed is a retired funeral director and cemeterian, community counsellor and end-of-life guide/companion.  A pioneer in the field of death and dying Don brought the Green Burial Council to Canada in 2010, consulted to Cindea, opened the 1st Death Café in Canada in Victoria in 2012 and is currently helping create the Canadian Community for Death Midwifery.  Don is an active member of the Chevra Kaddisha - Holy Burial Society in Victoria, BC.  His wealth of experience, passion for the work and sense of humor makes learning from him easy!  See:

Host and Co-Facilitator: Shannon Calvert, BA. is a graduate of The Institute of Traditional Medicines Contemplative End of Life Care and Palliative Massage programs.  She is a member of the Funeral Consumers Advocacy of London and Windsor and the owner of Hands and Hearts Wellbeing.  Shannon is a hospice volunteer, a Death Café facilitator, and an emerging end-of-life guide. Shannon lives in London with her husband Nick, and is a new grandma!
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Private Family Residence
Dunboyne Cres
London, ON N5X1X9


Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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