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We have revamped our committees!





Education:                  Susan Oppie & Cassandra Yonder





Finance:                        Lynn Barnett



Peg Lorenz



Zalene Corey &  

Sarah Crews


Public Relations:

Lee Webster &

Sarah Crews


Many hands make light work, as home funeral guides know. If you'd like to be part of any committee, you can join any time by contacting the chair  (click here). Welcome!


January 2014

You will be happy to learn that the NHFA is going strong, adding new members from all walks of life daily. We believe this is testament to the growing interest in home funerals and green funeral practices by the public and the media. As of January 2014, we have more than 400 members. We are so grateful you are with us!


Our Membership Profiles are now accessible by members only. You can edit your profile anytime (please do!). It is up to you to change your privacy settings either when you join or any time later. If you think you are a member but can't find your profile, contact Sarah Crews or Zalene Corey

Stand Up and Be Counted

GET YOUR Nancy Jewel Poer DVD

Nancy Jewel Poer has filmed a video just for members of the NHFA as a gift to us all. To get your copy, simply go to, find the Donate button at the bottom, authorize $10 (the video is free; this will cover shipping and handling) and make a note that it is to purchase the DVD. Nancy so much wants you to have your copy and we want to get it to you!


Help others find you on our easy-to-access website directory listings for Home Funeral Guides; Clergy, Chaplains, Celebrants; Home Funeral-friendly Funeral Directors; Threshold and Community Care Groups; Speakers Bureau; Trainers/Workshop Instructors


Send the following information to 

Name of Individual(s) * Name of Organization * Town or City, State

Phone * Email * Website * Directory or directories

* A BRIEF 2-sentence biography that includes your education & background, and that pertains to the type of listing (i.e., something about your speaking experience for the Speakers list, something about your spiritual orientation for clergy, etc.) For groups, a description of your group and mission.

* A jpeg. photo head shot, or logo for groups


Note: Being on the Members List is NOT the same as being listed on a directory. If you joined the NHFA so you could be recognized as a home funeral guide, a celebrant, or other, the directories are for you! 
Member Conference Survey Results Are Ready

Thanks to all for your terrific response to our recent survey letting us know what your preferences are for future conferences.

The Board now has a firm understanding of how to shape future conferences and are hard at work organizing. As you will see when you read the survey results, the majority who responded clearly support going to an alternating-year biennial in-person conference, supplemented with tech-supported virtual availability and opportunities for regional networking and conferencing. Look for our next in-person conference in fall of 2015!




Now that we offer free membership, we need the help of all our members to support the NHFA financially. Thank you to all who have donated during our first annual drive, and we look forward to hearing from more of you soon. You can donate by check or by PayPal on our website. 


Don't miss reading about NHFA as we enjoy more exposure in the mainstream press. Go to >> Resources>>Written & Visual>>Articles, Interviews, and Videos for recent home funeral features on WBUR and WGBH in Boston and HealthyCal in California. And let us know about articles in your local newspapers, TV or radio stations!


Upcoming Opportunities


Don't miss the chance to talk with other home funeral advocates and ask questions person-to-person on our monthly teleconferences hosted by Heather Massey. The call is free and you can join every second Sunday at 8 p.m.

  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • July 13
Also in the works is the annual Funeral Consumer Alliance Conference this coming June 5-7 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis. Learn more by going to their website The Board of the NHFA will be there staffing an informational table and providing demonstrations.
We are happy to have you as a friend of the NHFA. We appreciate your support and look forward to working together in 2014 to advance the understanding of home funerals across the country.


Elizabeth Knox
National Home Funeral Alliance

National Home Funeral Alliance