Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel
Goldendale, WA    Phone: 509-773-4646      Dominique and Derek Krentz own three family-run funeral homes in the Gorge area. They arrange for transportation throughout the state of Washington, including pick ups at the Portland airport. They are great people, they are familiar with our practices, and their costs are reasonable.

Jade Sherer is one of White Eagle’s Founding Stewards. She currently lives in the Southwest, but is available by email – – for personal assistance in bringing more consciousness to your death and dying process.

Charlene Ray is a celebrant in the Puget Sound area who leads Living and Dying Quests at Ekone and is available for burial services and ministry.

CharleneRayCharlene Ray MSW, LICSW is a heart centered therapist, spiritual teacher and quest guide with over 28 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has a unique style of intuitive counseling that blends traditional shamanic practices with archetypes, alchemical healing, guided imagery, breathwork and voice dialogue. She has studied with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, School of Lost Borders, is a Voice Dialogue facilitator and has Level 2 training in Nicki Skully’s Alchemical Healing work. Along the way, Charlene was called again to ministry to serve the dying and the grieving, and also called to minister to the living at points of transition and celebration, such as births, weddings, blessings, memorials, and rites of passage. For the past 13 years she has led Passage groups for youth and since 2010 has led Vision Quests for youth and adults. Charlene graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2014.

Holly Pruett, Celebrant – Holly works in the Portland area, creating life ceremonies from cradle to grave. She was the primary organizer of 2015’s Death:OK conference. She organizes public events, remembrance rituals, and outreach and education through The Death Talk Project. Sacred Earth Foundation is proud to serve as the Fiscal Sponsor entity for this project, which offers inspiration, information, and connection opportunities in the Portland and Columbia Gorge areas.

A Sacred Moment – Home Funeral support in the Everett, WA area – Funeral Director Char Barrett is also a leader in the home funeral movement. This website resource page is very helpful as well.

Thresholds Consulting and Ministry – Limina LLC -based in Everett, help with after-death planning, home funerals and consultations: Lucinda Herring


Green Burial Council – GBC is a national certification program for green cemeteries and we are certified through them as a Conservation Burial Ground. Their website Resources section is very helpful, including these following guides:

Green Burial Council Planning Guide

On the Way to the Green Burial Cemetery: A Guide for Families

National Home Funeral Alliance – home funeral information, resources for anyone wanting to learn how to prepare a body for green burial.

Green Burial Info – general info on the green burial movement

Peoples Memorial Association– Helping Washington State residents with end of life arrangements since 1939

Funeral Consumer Alliance – excellent resource for funeral planning in Washington State

Life Appreciation Funerals – Personalized funeral planning.

Death Midwifery – Ceremonies For Life’s Thresholds

Natural Burial Company – The largest collection of bio-degradable caskets around.

Kinkaraco – Beautiful variety of burial shrouds.


Pre-planning information: checklist, living wills, Advance Directives, state forms etc.

End of Life Washington: End of Life Choices, POLST etc


Greening Death: Reclaiming Burial Practices and Restoring our Ties to the Earth (We are featured in this one!)

Reimagining Death – Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials, by Lucinda Herring, a local funeral director

Come of Age and Die Wise, by Stephen Jenkinson

Green Burial Guidebook, by Elizabeth Fournier

Death For Beginners

Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial

Crossings: A Caring For Our Own at Death

Caring For the Dead: Your Final Act of Love

I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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