Death is a huge mystery, the only certain and absolutely intimate event of our lives. Since you have found your way to this page, you are in contemplation about this important time and we, the stewards at White Eagle, are committed to being change agents for the dying process and for what happens to our bodies after death. Most transformations are assisted by guides, mentors or simply friends to walk with us through unfamiliar territory.
We know that planning for death is scary and surreal and we at White Eagle feel that it is not only healthy, but enlivening to be in this fierce conversation. We can “walk” with you as you begin to think about it, and to help you in planning for your funeral or graveside ceremony. We would like to nudge you forward in the process of contemplating and completing this final wishes document from People’s Funeral Cooperative: Putting My House In Order. We are comfortable with this topic, and can recommend resources for you to share with your friends and family to help make the subject more approachable for everyone in your world.
None of us know just when death will come and take us. It is an extremely beneficial and heart opening task to prepare this document well in advance of when it is needed. When complete, your loved ones will be grateful for the guidance you have provided them as to how you would like them to handle the details of your ceremony and burial, during a time when trying to figure it out on their own can be incredibly stressful.
We can recommend death midwives, celebrants, and home funeral guides throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Holly Pruett, a Celebrant in Portland who also organizes public events through The Death Talk Project, Ashley Benem’s A Sacred Passing in Bellingham, Charlene Ray, Mentoring and Ministry on Vashon Island, and Char Barrett at A Sacred Moment in Everett.
Please enjoy this short featurette video called Returning to the Land, wich shows some elements of ceremony and burial here. It was made by Laura Cameron, whose husband Tim was buried here in 2018.