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Sunday, October 25 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Bringing Death Home: Community-Led Death Care and Green Burial

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Natural Transitions, “A Resource for Green and Holistic Approaches to the End of Life,” supports families by providing them with education about options to create meaningful, personal rites of passage at death. This session will cover the dying process, the option of family-led after-death care (aka “home funerals”), and the earth-friendly option of green burial. Green burial means no embalmed bodies and biodegradable funerary wares (caskets etc) in a setting with natural landscaping, usually native vegetation and low resource usage that avoids the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers etc. Participants will gain the knowledge and the confidence to create beautiful, meaningful and affordable rites of passage at death that are life-changing for the bereaved and profoundly honoring of the dead. The session will include a community art piece that considers and honors death as a part of life. Presented by Mary Reilly-McNellan, Diana Zucco, and Latané Hill of Natural Transitions.


Latané Hill

Natural Transitions, “A Resource for Green and Holistic Approaches to End of Lif
Latané Hill is a volunteer for Natural Transitions’ latest initiative, Green Burial Boulder County. As a mother, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and student of early childhood education, Latané has spent many years studying the human process of incarnation, embodiment and child development. She delights in supporting new parents as they welcome and bond with their babies. Latané feels similar awe and interest in... Read More →
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Mary Reilly-McNellan

Editorial assistant; writer, Natural Transitions, “A Resource for Green and Holistic Approaches to End of Lif
Mary Reilly-McNellan has been interested in cemeteries, conservation, and education since 1998, when she left her position as a Mountain Parks ranger/naturalist to manage preservation efforts in Boulder’s historic Columbia Cemetery. Although she has an abiding affection for old burial grounds, Mary’s dedication to environmental sustainability redirected her path to advocating for Green Burial. She has been a volunteer for Natural... Read More →
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Diana Zucco

Artist, Natural Transitions, “A Resource for Green and Holistic Approaches to End of Lif
Diana Zucco is a visual artist from Boulder, Colorado. A life-changing experience at the open-air funeral pyre in Crestone, Colorado initiated her passion about community-led death care and green burial practices. She began volunteering with Natural Transitions in 2014 and created the “Speaking to Death” ceremonial art project in 2015. Speaking to Death honors green and holistic approaches to death, and inspires reflection on death as a... Read More →

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Humanities 135 1610 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309

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