The first Home Funeral Practicum took place on Mother's Day 2015 outside Kitchener-Waterloo with a passionate crowd of seventeen. My friend and colleague Kory McGrath of Toronto, and myself, Don Morris wanted to share our knowledge and experience from 33 combined years of commercial funeral directing to encourage and empower you to reclaim family and community-led deathcare.
Throughout 2015 - 2016 the workshop was performed in BC, AB, SK and ON. 2017 got off to a great start with an unusually 'stirring' 10th workshop, in February, on Gabriola Island, BC. June had a 1 day, outdoor Maple Ridge/Vancouver event and August an inspiring presentation (I'm told) before the Victoria Holistic Deathcare Community. In September, 12 men from a Victoria non-denominational church took part in a 'groundbreaking' - haha - weekend training 'off the grid' (super-natural setting) outside Duncan, BC. The word afterwards was... 'transformational'.
In early November '17 I demonstrated at the Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices "Education Day" event in Parksville - it was well received. On November 18-19th we had a powerful and peaceful two day, home vigil training in Victoria where my former student, now HFP facilitator Valerie Elliott, joined me/us (for the first time) and oh she was superb! A big gift was the 'refined' self care, breathwork and 'first class' yoga facilitation by Leigh Anne Milne who, BTW, has also come onboard as our second HFP facilitator! Can you believe such good fortune, eh? I do, because what we're up to is in synch with the power of love.
2018 has built off the past few years successes. Currently we have 4 scheduled workshops. April in BC; May in SK; October in Victoria; November in NS and in QC. Wow, I gotta take a deep breath. Please know... offering you this workshop is a big honour and a big privilege!
Why Home Funeral Vigils?
Why? Because In Kory's words, “caring for our own has the possibility to transform our discomfort with death, to experience loving kindness, and to act in a way that is humanistic.” I totally agree... and know how hands-on participation with death helps us grieve more deeply, love more richly, and heal more rapidly from loss. Caring for our own/eachother enhances our potential to live with less anxiety, be more present/alive in the moment, and strengthens our connection to self, others, the earth and the magnificent/mysterious Source of Life. Anything that can help with all that... well count me in! Come join us inside this transformational, human training. It's part of a social and cultural revolution whose time has arrived!