Do – It – Yourself

Family – Directed Funeral

Friday, August 6, 7 pm – 9 pm

Saturday, August 7, 9 am – 4 pm



Full workshop cost – $85

Price includes lunch and one copy of My Final Wishes.

Until the latter part of the 19th century, most people were born and died in their own homes. When they were born, their family cared for them; when they died, their family cared for them. Dying, like birthing, was integrated into living. Caring for those who had died was not only the last act of love, it was the first step toward healing. This workshop will give you information and hands-on practice to prepare you to care for your family member after death at home, and to carry out a home or family-directed funeral with or without the services of a funeral director.

Friday:  7:00 pm (open to the public) Screening of In The Parlor. Discussion to follow.

Friday evening movie and discussion is part of the workshop, but is also open to the public.

Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Saturday Workshop Topics covered:

• Advance planning
• Meeting WI legal requirements and acquiring the necessary paperwork
• Care of the Body, Creating Sacred Space and Home Vigils
• Family Direct Cremation and Green Burial Options

***Advance registration for Saturday is required as space is limited. ***

The workshop and film screening will be held at our office: 500 East Jefferson St., Room 202,  Viroqua, WI

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In cooperation with Threshold Care Circle,  Driftless Folk School is offering the following workshop

Sew A Shroud

If your end-of-life goals include natural burial practices, a simple shroud is an appropriate and easy “final garment” in which to return yourself to the earth.  Made of plain muslin with simple ties and sewn-in webbing handles, this shroud could be painted, embroidered, or otherwise decorated.  Basic sewing skills are required for this class.

Sunday, August 8, 1-4:30PM.
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