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Legislation
Green Burial 
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Join a committee!

 

Conference & Events:

Peg Lorenz &

Kristine Bentz

 

Education:                  Susan Oppie &

Anne Murphy

 

Fundraising:  

Sara Williams &

Anne Murphy

 

Finance:                        Lynn Barnett

 

Legislative:

Peg Lorenz &

Sarah Crews

 

Membership:           

Zalene Corey &  

Sarah Crews

 

Public Relations:

Lee Webster &

Kateyanne Unullisi

 

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. Go to Board & Committees on our website for contact information. Welcome!

 

Resources Revisited

DOWNLOAD YOUR NHFA MEMBER LOGO
Let everyone know you are a member of the NHFA by putting a member logo on brochures, letters-anywhere that will help promote awareness. Log in to the NHFA webpage and go to Member Resources to download!


 
GET YOUR EVENT LISTED AND SEEN!
Drum up some interest in your home funeral- or green burial-specific event by sending us a one-page poster. Any Word doc or PDF will do as long as it's in a standard 8.5 x 11 format.

First we'll post it on our website page, and then on our Facebook page. The most Liked posts on our page are your posters. And Like us while you're here!

Send your poster to nhfa.paper@gmail.com. Let us know if you need help with design.


GREEN BURIAL CEMETERIES IN THE US & CANADA
Check back frequently on our Green Burial website page for the most up-to-date list of green burial cemeteries. New entries are being added as they come online. Cemeteries must be verifiable by phone or website. If you know of a cemetery that accepts body-to-earth burial, let us know!


 
THE GREEN BURIAL COUNCIL WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU
Are you interested in receiving newsletters and updates about the latest green burial news from the top authority in the world? Subscribe today by going to the Green Burial Council Facebook page and click on Newsletter Signup!


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* Are you a home funeral guide eager to help families?

* Are you a funeral director supporting home funeral families and guides?


* Are you a minister or celebrant willing to  make home visits and conduct ceremonies for home funeral families?


* Do you enjoy speaking to church groups, schools, civic organizations about the benefits of home funerals?


Join our directories any time!
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November, 2014
     As we work to educate families to their privilege to care for their own dead, we are finding unexpected partners who support and celebrate our message. Join us in supporting those who have the courage and confidence to spread the word. And share this issue of our bi-monthly newsletter with those around you!
MEET YOUR NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 
 
YOUR 2015 NHFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Front row: Lee Webster, Sarah Crews, Peg Lorenz, Sara Williams, Kateyanne Unillisi

Back row: Donna Belk, Lynn Barnett, Kristine Bentz, Zalene Corey, Anne Murphy (missing: Susan Oppie)

 
For more information and ways to contact your board members, go to Board and Committees. Let us know what's on your mind!
A WEDDING AND A FUNERAL
When Mitch and his partner Gabe completed the
Sacred Crossings Death Midwifery program, they decided it was time to go ahead with their dream of creating a hospice in Los Angeles called 'Anam Cara' meaning soul friend. Last May, they asked Rev. Olivia Bareham to officiate their wedding ceremony, a glorious affair attended by many friends and family. Everything was falling into place. And then life took a turn. Just six weeks later, after a morning of yoga and a bike ride in the canyon, Gabe died suddenly from a fatal heart attack that had presented no symptoms. Read Olivia's story of Gabe's home funeral here ... and link to the video of his celebration of life here...
Water Falls From My Eyes:
THE HOME FUNERAL OF BHIM DARJEE

Not all home funerals are the same. Not all home funerals follow our ideal of how they should look and feel. Sometimes we are simply called to witness...

 

The newly assimilated Christian Nepali community of Concord, NH, was expecting their first death on American soil.

 

When the call came that Bhim had died, read more...

JOIN OUR LEGISLATIVE TELECONFERENCES

November 30th, 2014, 8 p.m. EST

featuring Minnesota Representative Carolyn Laine, who after attending a home funeral was so personally moved that she has become the standard-bearer in MN for families' rights to do after death care. She has helped to change statutes and clarify language regarding the EDRS and continues to keep watch on potentially restrictive legislation.

 

January 25th, 2014, 8 p.m. EST

featuring Funeral Consumer Alliance Director Josh Slocum, talking about the role of the FCA in regards to legislation. He will also talk about ways that the FCA and NHFA can work together, tell a few success stories and continue the conversation, begun with Carolyn, about how regular folks can impact the legislative system. 


Log on to the NHFA website and go to Member Resources for the call number and directions.

HOME FUNERAL 101 IS READY FOR YOU

The Education Committee has been hard at work developing a concise guide for families that details the basics in body care. Take a look at it by going to Resources Just For You,

Resources For Families

NHFA POSITION ON CERTIFICATION

The Board of Directors, with help from our members, has developed a position paper explaining the NHFA's stand on issues of certification and licensure in an attempt to clarify our mission as an educational nonprofit.

 

To read the document, click here. You may also find it on the Home Page of the NHFA website. If you have any questions, please contact a board member. A full list of contact info is on the Board and Committees page.

DO YOU HAVE IDEAS FOR WEBINARS?
The Education Committee is soliciting ideas for topics that may be of interest to home funeral guides and the public for the purpose of creating webinars. We are looking for subjects you feel could be shared in either 5-7 minute or 30-40 minute videos on our Resources Just For You website pages. Drop us a line at nhfa.paper@gmail.com with your
BIG IDEAS!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STUDY

Have you attended a natural death event? A death café?

Home funeral educational or training session?

Green burial information session?A natural burial?

 

I am a sociologist conducting a project exploring the Natural Death Movement I'd like to hear about your experience. The interview is an informal conversation about your experiences, lasting about an hour, either on the telephone or Skype. Please contact me at awe@muhlenberg.edu if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating.

I also would appreciate if you would forward this notice to anyone you know who might be willing to participate in my study. Thank you!

Anne Esacove 

Muhlenberg College

Allentown PA

JOIN OUR MONTHLY TELECONFERENCES

November 9th, 2014 8 p.m. EST

December 14th, 2014 8 p.m. EST

Don't miss the chance to talk with other home funeral advocates and ask questions person-to-person on our monthly teleconferences. Log in to the NHFA website for access information on the Member Resources page.

 

Are you an experienced home funeral guide willing to share your knowledge and experience by becoming a mentor?

Please contact the Education Committee today!

SAVE THE DATE!
2015 NHFA BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

Courage, Confidence, and Connections:
Home Funerals Now!
5th NHFA Conference
October 2-4, 2015
   Los Gatos, California

Stay tuned for more information! And read more here...
Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking a look at the NHFA newsletter, one of the major ways we work to meet the needs of our members. We rely on you to let us know how we can support you. 

YOU can help us to help YOU by sending your home funeral news. And we are always on the look-out for personal
home funeral stories
. As you can see in this issue, all perspectives from all walks of life and all cultures are welcome.

This is how we learn from one another and how we can honor those who have passed before us, as well as the those who cared for them.

We are here to help if you need assistance. 

We look forward to hearing from you at nhfa.paper@gmail.com.

Lee Webster, President
National Home Funeral Alliance

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