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Home Funeral Practicum, Edmonton, AB
Private family home
Edmonton, AB
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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 a hands on, holistic workshop that provides
you the knowledge and skills to tenderly care for a loved one 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, knowledgable guide, and or a funeral
director (hybrid home funeral©) you'll acquire an understanding of Alberta's provincial legalities, procedures and permits, universal health precautions and the ethics of the 'deathcaring' movement.

We believe reviving old fashioned family and community-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 Canada's first Death Café in Victoria in 2012 and helped co-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 humour makes learning from him easy!

Host & Facilitator - Bonnie Hoffmann is the creator/owner of Pine Box Funerals Inc., a newly licensed funeral home in Sherwood Park, AB. Bonnie as been a funeral director, celebrant and cemeterian for more than 10 years. A public educator and advocate for those facing end of life options and their families her efforts have contributed to the strong growth of Caregivers Alberta. Bonnie also works doggedly to bring natural burial to the Greater Capital Region.

PRE-WORKSHOP SPECIAL EVENT- Friday night, September 30, 6:00-8:30 pm - Strathcona Fall Cemetery Trek.  Come board the big yellow bus to experience an autumn evening full of story, culture, reflection, music and some seriously deadly dessert. Rendezvous will take place at Common Ground Community Café. Cost: $10.  Call 780-910-6432 for further info.  All proceeds from the event go towards Burial Options Society in Strathcona. Thank you to the County Clothesline Foundation for grant supports in 2016.
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Please email Don Morris - with any questions. You can also call him mobile at (250)580-2121c. Or call Bonnie in Edmonton @ 780-910-6432


Private family home
Edmonton, AB T8H 1S2


Education > Workshops

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


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