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Green Burial: Eco-Friendly Options for End-of-Life

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PST January 3 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

It’s no secret that Oregonians hold our environment in high regard. For many of us, incorporating practices that help preserve our state’s water, air and land have become ingrained into our daily routine. But what are our eco-friendly options when it comes to end-of-life?

In this workshop, participants will learn about options for the ultimate act of environmental volunteerism—green burial.

Presenter Elizabeth Fournier is a veteran mortician and author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally-Friendly Burial. We will cover the history, regulations and current practices in green burial, suggest strategies for facilitating discussions about preferences and decisions with patients and families, and will introduce the newer practice of aqua cremation. Ample time will be reserved for participant questions.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the history, regulations and current practices of green burial
  • Have a comprehensive concept of the best ways to add eco-friendly aspects to their chosen funeral and or burial choices
  • Comfortably discuss personal after-death care preferences with clients and others
  • Discuss caring for a body at home after death and support decisions about what ways, if any, they would like to involve a funeral home
  • Articulate information about aqua cremation, which is newly available in the Portland metropolitan area

NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support is a non-profit organization that exists to promote quality death education and bereavement support for professionals and the greater community.

Details & Registration

Date & Time: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., end at 1 p.m., with networking from 1-1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Elizabeth Fournier, Mortician, Cornerstone Funeral Services

Noncredit: $30, includes 2 CEUs or PDUs.

Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free. 2 CEUs or PDUs available for $15. View NWADEBS membership information

Students and L&C Staff: Free (Contact to register)
Student and Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended

Advance registration is preferred, however, walk-in registrations will be accepted. Payment can be made by credit card or check.

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About the Presenter

Elizabeth Fournier owns and operates Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, where she is affectionately known as “The Green Reaper” for her green burial advocacy. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Green Burial Council, the environmental certification organization setting the standard for green burial in North America. She is also the author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial. People Magazine writes, “Elizabeth Fournier is doing her part to change the way Americans bury their dead.”

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