What a meaningful inspiring (and fun!) time we had at the 5th NHFA conference ( National Home Funeral Alliance ) this weekend at the Presentation Center in Los Gatos, CA. with nearly 200 in attendance !
Keynote speakers : The profound Frank Ostaseki founder of the Zen Hospice project, Caitlyn Doughty of Ask a Mortician and "Smoke gets in your Eyes"f ame and Nancy Jewel Poer the original home funeral elder.
Among others - Jerrigrace Lyons showed a video of a Morgan Fieri's home funeral and her brother Guy Fieri interviewed about how that home funeral changed his life.
Suzette Sherman of Seven Ponds gave an overall view of new trends in alternative funeral and I was honored to give a presentation on shrouding as well as finally getting to meet the brilliant architect Katrina Spade of the Urban Death Project (and here we are at the KINKARACO table! )
The NHFA has come so far in promoting the option of home funerals for the public . The event was so well organized ,ran so seamlessly and was very well attended with fascinating people from all areas of lend of Life - Nurses, hospice workers, funeral directors, natural product providers and of course home funeral representative form all over the US, the UK, New Zealand and Canada .
The annual meeting was very exciting to see what has been accomplished over the last 2 years , the obstacles facing the movement and input of all the members in every aspect from legistlative, communications, outreach and fundraising . The future is bright for families seeking to remain at home for awhile with there loved ones and its in VERY good hands. Can't wait til the next conference TBA!