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Death Expo Encore Interview:
"Final Passages: Reawakening the Sacred at the End of Life" with Jerrigrace Lyons
Welcome to this Death Expo Encore Interview ! In this presentation, Jerrigrace Lyons, founder of Final Passages, will share with us how to create sacred space for dying patients and the meaning of conscious dying.
Jerrigrace Lyons has a long history in alternative health care. A Reiki Master, Certified Trager Practitioner, and founder of Final Passages, Jerrigrace also directs the Home Funeral Ministry. She has been interviewed and reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Mother Earth News, SF Magazine, KRON 4, and CNN Headline News to name a few, and was featured in a new PBS documentary "A family Undertaking," which aired nationally in 2004.
Jerrigrace founded Final Passages as a result of the unexpected death of her friend Carolyn Whiting. Because of Carolyn's interest in a natural and conscious approach to death care, she left detailed instructions for a home funeral. Jerrigrace was a participant in Carolyn's home funeral and was profoundly moved by the entire three-day experience. Community participation and ceremony, at home, supported those grieving and allowed more time for closure. The bathing and dressing of her body was performed with dignity and honor by her friends. Barriers of fear and anger were broken down, giving more room for love and celebration through this important passage. This most personal, meaningful, and respectful experience awakened in her a passion to share it with others. She pioneered Final Passages in 1995 to reawaken a choice that our ancestors once held sacred.