Much as a birthing class can give us tools for the emergence of new life, learning about “deathing” can empower us to create end-of-life experiences that enrich our families and communities. Our options to create meaning as we leave these bodies are varied and rich. We can reclaim death-care as part of the circle of our families and communities.

Michele Skeele is a Therapeutic Music Practitioner and trained as a Death Doula and Home Funeral Aide with the Center for End of Life Transitions in Asheville, NC. She is also on the board of the WNC chapter of the Funeral Consumers Alliance.