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

Diane Banner is an interfaith minister ordained through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City in 2009, the same year she became a volunteer with Threshold Care Circle.  She has helped create home funerals for friends and has participated in several vigils and conducted memorial services.  During workshops she has taught care of the body and creation of sacred space for a vigil.  She also works with attunement, an energetic healing/ blessing modality that can bring deep stillness and calm to a person or situation.

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.

Susan Nesbit is a home funeral educator and a hospice volunteer.  She has been honored to serve friends, families, and loved ones during and after death.  She is committed to empowering people by teaching them about their choices surrounding this sacred and powerful transition.  Susan is co-owner of the Viroqua Healing Arts Center and currently works at Youth Initiative High School as the Development Assistant.

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. She has many years of experience as a community organizer, event planner and home educator. If you are interested in joining the Conservation or Green Cemetery group please contact Kelly through the “Contact Us” page.


We are located at 207 S. Main St., Viroqua, WI 54665