About us

The Threshold Care Circle (TCC) was formed in January of 2006 in Viroqua,Wisconsin. We came together to educate and train ourselves in caring for the dead at home. Members of our group have received training from JerriGrace Lyons of Final PassagesLinda Bergh, and Nancy Poer.TCC exists as a community network and resource for Southwestern Wisconsin. Our mission is to educate individuals and families who wish to care for their own at the time of death, according to their spiritual and/or cultural beliefs, in ways that honor the one who is crossing the threshold and the surviving loved ones.We provide educational materials, group presentations and family consultations that prepare and empower individuals and the community to care for their dead at home, enabling them to carry out a home or family-directed funeral, with or without the services of a funeral director.

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B: Liz Franklin, Adrienne Fox, Kelly Whited-Ford
F: Charlene Elderkin, Tracy Mangold, Diane Banner, Susan Nesbit

Charlene Elderkin is a hospice volunteer, a home funeral educator, writer, and speaker. By day she is the marketing and membership manager of the Viroqua Food Cooperative. Charlene co-wrote My Final Wishes with Kathy Neidert, an advanced funeral planning book. Charlene published a book, Where the Tree Falls, the Forest Rises: Stories of Death and renewal.  She is a harpist and currently a student in the Music for Healing and Transition Program

Liz Franklin is an educator and administrator and was one of the founding members of the Threshold Care Circle. Her experience with dying family members and her work in schools and abroad has had a profound influence on her views about death and life in America. She is passionate about empowering individuals to take control of the most important decisions in their lives.

Kelly Whited-Ford is a home funeral and green burial educator who joined the TCC board in 2011 after having the profound privilege of caring for a friend through her journey into death.  Kelly is interested in bringing back our forgotten, but natural tradition of caring for our dead at home and enjoys developing opportunities in which people can gain the skills and knowledge needed to be confident in providing this life-affirming service for their loved ones. She believes home funerals and green burials are the most environmentally responsible and financially friendly options available to us and hopes to establish a Conservation or Green Cemetery in the Driftless region. If you are interested in joining the  Green Cemetery group please contact Kelly through the “Contact Us” page.

Active members are Adrienne, Charlene, Kelly, Liz, and Tracy.

We are located at 234 S. Center Ave., Viroqua, WI 54665