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Wed, Nov 01


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Registration Open: The Body Contribution Project (Virtual and In-Person Event)

A participatory project to create a container for your bodily remains that nourishes life through its alignment with earth-honoring values with Katherine Savage and friends. Registration open through Nov 17th. Begins Jan 2024.

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Time & Location

Nov 01, 2023, 6:00 PM – Nov 17, 2023, 8:00 PM

Virtual Event

About the Event

Join earth-honoring funerary artisans in our western region (Sarah Lasswell, Jason Pierson, Melanie Wilder, Lisa Kolk) and Meredith Parker Springs to help folks create what will hold their remains. The Body Contribution Project begins with education about the death phobic cultural constructs that challenge our ability to choose. In the next phase, participants will dream and envision what choice would align with their earth-honoring values. Finally, they will co-create a container for their bodily remains with the artisans and a team of friends and family whose presence they might welcome at their dying time.

More information about the project is here: 

You can also contact Katherine at

Learning that Never Ends – The Next Cycle


Envisioning a Good Death with Katherine Savage January – March 2024 First Sunday of each month 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Virtual

Part 2: VISIONING Event 1, Show & Share with funerary artisans and a director Meet the funerary artisans, see their craft, and hear their compelling stories of how they came to their particular death offering. Meredith Parker Springs, funeral director of West Family Funeral Services, will share about green body contribution possibilities.

April 13, 2024 9:00 am-3:00 pm Celo, NC

Event 2, Storytelling through Cloth with Melanie Wilder - optional This day is for those with an interest in making a shroud. Melanie will share a variety of crafting techniques for transforming cloth into a life companion and death teacher. The other funerary artisans will also be available for visioning-supportive conversations.

May 4, 2024 9:00 am-3:00 pm Private home in Black Mountain, NC *Registration for this optional event will occur in April and is an additional cost.

Part 3: MAKING July 2024 Begin working with the artisans to create the container you vision for your bodily remains, alongside your death team. You might work with a single artisan, or engage 1 or more to make your container. For example, a shroud with Jason and eco-printing with Lisa.

*For this reason, costs of creating your container will be determined once your choice is made. See links below to their websites for an idea about costs for their products. The artisan’s price lists for sharing in the making of a container with you will be available for your review at the April Show & Share.

This project concludes when your container is finished. The learning from death of course, never ends.

Registration is Open now. Closes November 17, or when the class size has reached capacity.

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