The Movement to Bring Death Closer, NY Times, Dec. 19, 2019

Eco-Friendly Cemeteries? More People Preferring Green… Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2019

Kate’s Still Here Esquire, Nov. 14, 2017

On End-of-Life Doulas, from Next Avenue, May 23, 2017

On Physician Assisted Dying, from New York Times, May 28, 2017

On End-of-Life Doula Training, Nov. 16, 2016

U.S. News and World Report, on Green Burial, March 4, 2016

Detroit Free Press article about home funeral, January 11, 2015

Article by granddaughter about home funeral, November, 2014

New York Times; very moving story about building your own coffin

HOUR Detroit article about Ann Arbor Death Cafe, October 2013.

Full Moon Funeral, an essay by Merilynne Rush about one family’s home funeral, Ann Arbor Observer, March 2013.

Article about a workshop I presented in Montana.  A group is forming in Helena to educate families about how to care for their own dead.

NY Times article, July 20, 2009

A Final Cocoon, NY Times Nov. 10, 2010

Chicago Tribune article about a Home Funeral Guide in Illinois
Seattle Times, 2008 article about “death midwife” Jerrigrace Lyons

Death Can Be a Moment That Connects Us, Even as it Parts Us, by Anne O’Connor  Minnesota Public Radio News

Joanne Macy’s story

What is a Death Cafe? 

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Website and Resources

National Home Funeral Alliance

Ann Arbor Green Burial Network Facebook page

Green Burial Council
Threshold Care Circle (They have an excellent planning booklet and step-by-step guide to caring for the body)
Seven Ponds website for resources for end-of-life, including home funeral
A Sacred Moment
Final Passages
Undertaken with Love
Natural Undertaking
Caring Connections, for information about state specific Advance Directives
Peaceful Crossings An enlightened and proactive alternative to conventional funeral planning
Natural Transitions Magazine:  Sharing Conscientious, holistic approaches to end of life
Funeral Consumers Alliance

Kincaraco Green Burial Shrouds
Penn Forest Cemetery in PA

New York Times article about creating a digital Ethical Will

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Radio and TV Shows

A Husband’s Final Goodbye to his Wife Very beautiful 6-minute video about home funeral

28-minute video about green burial

Michigan Radio with Merilynne about Green Burial

Michigan Radio with Merilynne about Death Cafe

NPR with Ellen Goodman and Lee Webster on advance planning

WWJ Detroit radio interview with Roberta Jasina about Home Funeral.  Seven-minutes long.

Open air cremation in Creststone, CO.  Beautiful 15-minute video of an outdoor cremation on a wood pyre.  For more info visit

Excellent radio interview with two Buddhist women with cancer, intended to be about what it is like to be dying but instead its about how to live.  Very inspiring.

TV Interview with Merilynne Rush about Green Burial

The Coffinmaker, short video about the benefits of making a coffin for your loved one.

Also available at some libraries is the following PBS special about caring for your own dead:

A Family Undertaking