We have a lot of great information to share in this National Home Funeral Alliance Newsletter. Our biggest piece of news is our invitation to you. Please join us for the fourth annual NHFA conference: Home Funeral in Community: Reclaiming the Lost Art,
happening October 18-20 in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. You can register here
. We are thrilled to announce that Nancy Poer
, whom we consider one of the grandmothers of the home funeral movement, will be our keynote speaker Friday night and will be with us the whole weekend.
|Nancy Poer will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 NHFA conference.|
Nancy is but one of the excellent reasons to come to the conference. Charlene Elderkin, NHFA member and one of the founders of the Threshold Care Circle
in Viroqua, WI, will be there selling her fantastic book, Where the Tree Falls, the Forest Rises
. Look for the Q&A with Charlene in this newsletter. Also joining the conference is:
* Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy
, author of It's Okay to Die
* Freddie Johnson, the director of the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
*Char Barrett, former NHFA president and owner of A Sacred Moment.
* our own Jerrigrace Lyons
and Olivia Bareham
, on care of the body
*Dyanne Matzkevich, manager of the Pine Forest Memorial Gardens,
a green cemetery, that we'll be visiting.
There will be plenty of sessions around the main focus of the conference--building our communities around these ideas. We will focus on calling in communities that we can partner with so that we can reach more people with the profound work of caring for our own loved ones at the time of death.
I encourage you to join us in Raleigh
and walk away with the support, the knowledge, and the clear mission held deeply within you so that you, too, can help bring this valuable information to others.
I'm also asking you to pass this newsletter on to your contacts: to hospice workers, to hospital social workers and chaplains, to funeral directors, lawyers, hospital decision makers, nursing home workers and anyone else that you think would be interested.
Remember that your personal invitation will be more meaningful alongside this newsletter.
With all the great things we're planning, and with your help, the 2013
conference is going to be an enormous success. Very much hope to see you there.
National Home Funeral Alliance