SACRED DEATH CARE : A FAMILY-LED, GREEN and VERY PERSONAL WAY TO CARE FOR OUR DEAD – The next Colorado based workshop will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9-3:30PM at the Third Street Center, 501 S 3rd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. Cost is special low price of $95. RSVP. Space limited. Bring a brown bag lunch.

NT Carbondale Aug 18 2014

This workshop will be presented by Natural Transitions founder and executive director, Karen van Vuuren, assisted by Barbara Rose Ostrander.

The all-day Saturday workshop will be preceded on Friday, September 26 by an evening community screening of van Vuuren’s end-of-life documentary, Dying Wish. There will be a panel discussion including community end-of-life experts after the film and a Q and A with the film director. This event will also take place at the Third Street Center. Requested donation of $10. Pay at the door.








The Saturday workshop covers:

Concerns about caring for our dead, ourselves; recognizing the dying process ; practical & loving care of the body;  history of caring for the dead, legalities, coroner concerns and death certificates ; revisiting concerns, questions and closing.

This is a practical, hands-on workshop providing you with the tools and knowledge to be able to care for your own dead at home.  A home funeral is an intimate and healing way of honoring the sacred transition of death. It is completely legal in the state of Colorado and in most other states, families may care for their own dead.

Location:  The Third Street Center, Round Room, Carbondale, CO. Presented by Karen van Vuuren, NT Founder and Executive Director. Assisted by Barbara Rose Ostrander. 

HOW TO REGISTER.   You can download the Natural Transitions Workshop Registration Form 2014, fill it out, and mail a check for $95 to Natural Transitions, 3980 N. Broadway, Suite#103-171, Boulder, CO 80304. You can also pay via the paypal button below, but we prefer checks, if possible.

THE NEXT WORKSHOP after the Carbondale event will be November, 9 2014 in Boulder. CO. Details coming soon. 

Boulder, Colorado WORKSHOPS. Our NT Trainers have created a series of short, intensive trainings on everything from advance healthcare directives planning to preparing for a home funeral. These are for INDIVIDUALS or for members of FAITH and other COMMUNITY GROUPS (participating as a group).  These Community Care Circles will  be able to support families choosing green, community led and based after-death care. Contact any of our trainers if you are interested. 

‘Caring for Our Own’ Basics – (2 hours, minimum of 6 participants) A complementary introduction to your  community group of end-of-life options, including home funerals, green burial, and creating sustainable community support .Family-led Green After-death Care– (4 hours, minimum 6 participants) The how-to’s of after-death care of the body, transport, and death certificates. Includes an extensive handbook for future reference.Voicing Your Final Wishes– (2 sessions: 3 hours then later 1 ½ hours) – Offering education and guidance to people in giving voice to their final wishes through Advance Directives.Being with the Dying – (3 hours, minimum 6 ) The dying process; developing presence to be with the dying; common pitfalls.Supporting the Choice of Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (NSED) – (2 hours, minimum 6) Through viewing and discussing the video  “Dying Wish,” we’ll explore this legal option for allowing natural death as a choice in terminal illness.Working with a Mortuary – (3 hours, minimum 6 ) Our legal rights & options; How to be wise consumer of mortuary services; hybrid forms of after- death care.Creating Memorials to Honor Our Loved Ones– (3 hours, minimum 6) What is the essence of the loved one that we wish to remember and share with others? Explore creative ways to express and honor their legacy.Organizing a Care Circle – (3 hours, minimum 5) After-death care-giving is best facilitated by a community.  We’ll work with you to define roles and structure for an after-death care circle that utilizes each of the participants’ strengths.




Sue Mackey

Susan’s heart lies in supporting people at end-of-life. She has served by volunteering with elders as a caregiver, as a Family Hospice volunteer, and as a Natural Transitions board member and Educator.   720.884.6878 direct



Terra Rafael

Bev Yates

Beverly Yates is a Natural Transitions educator and public relations director for the Natural Transitions Film Festival Plus. She serves as a hospice patient care volunteer and is a graduate of the Sacred Dying Foundation’s vigil training program.  303.748.3771 direct


And Dominie Cappadonna, NT trainer – not pictured.   303-499-1325 direct


Bev Yates


Edward Leonard of Berryville, Virgina, a marketing consultant for a monastery with a natural burial ground, attended our April 2011 2-day training in death care, including home funeral guidance. Here’s what he had to say:

 “I signed up for the Natural Transitions’ training with only a vague notion about the social phenomenon of reclaiming control and dignity over the dying process and low-environmental-impact funerals.  The Natural Transitions’ class was professionally executed and provided me with a framework that I am now using as I design and implement a 150-acre natural cemetery.  The course introduced me to concepts that I plan to share with clients who want to manage their own death process, but who may not know what questions to ask.”