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The Collective

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Lauren is an ex-funeral director turned home funeral advocate and educator. She has been called to death and dying her whole life and continues to to honor this passion through her volunteer work in hospice. serving on the board of directors for the National Home Funeral Alliance, and creating connections  between funeral homes, home funeral educators, death doulas and the families and community we serve

Home Funeral Educator &  Advocate

Co-Founder of Deathwives

Lauren Carroll

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Erin is a death doula, ceremonialist, and loyal witness of grief.  She is called to sit with the dying and to create space around the already-sacred process of death. Erin is available for end-of-life care, education, ceremonial work, and as a funeral officiant and public speaker. 

Death Doula & Ceremonialist

Co-Founder Deathwives

Erin Merreli

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Jon is the owner of Return to Nature Funeral Homes, two completely GREEN funeral homes located in Penrose and Colorado Springs CO. Jon is an advocate for Natural Burial  and aquamation, and is a 3rd generation Funeral Director. 

Funeral Director

Owner of Return to Nature Funeral Home 

Jon Hallford

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Kelsi graduated Mortuary school in 2008. She currently sits on many education boards and is the owner and operator at In Memoriam, a funeral parlor and crematory in Broomfield, Colorado. She strives to offer unique and specialized care to every family. She supports the death positive revolution, home funerals, and can accommodate green options.

Funeral Director

Owner of In Memoriam

Kelsi Tesone Matthews


Tawnya, founder of Dear Departures, and member of NEDA and the NHFA, trained with the Conscious Dying Institute, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, and under local mentors, to be well versed in her offerings of end-of-life care and home funeral support, education, and guidance.  As a Life-Cycle Celebrant® specializing in funerals, she custom-crafts living funerals, memorials, celebrations-of-life, pet memorials, and community events.

Home Funeral Guide, Celebrant, & EOLD

Tawnya Musser

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Melissa N. Unfred is a dual licensed funeral professional undertaking progressive death care at Green Cremation Texas. She provides unique insight into the Funeral Service Industry with a lens of over 20 years observation and participation, and advocates for those desiring a different approach to caring for their own.


She is shadowed by her sidekick,

Kermit the Dog, who in March of 2017 became the first certified therapy dog working in funeral service in the State of Texas. Melissa and Kermit serve their community and present often to Non-Profit Organizations and Educators across the country both in person and online.

Modern Mortician 

Funeral Industry Disruptor

Melissa Unfred

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For years, the professionals of Universal Pathways have cared for End of Life patients and their families. We provide a collaborative curriculum that offers perspective deeper than our traditional education provided us. Years of combined experience, we each have come along our own path in the medical field realizing that there has to be better support for the dying and bereaved. The End of Life Specialist Certification facilitates attainable career opportunities and provides medical professionals and caregivers the skills that are not taught in traditional education. Every program that Universal Pathways offers enhances and expands the futures for all of our students as the lives they will reach in life and death will be powerfully influenced. We provide End of Life education for individuals, hospices, hospitals and providers that encounter death and dying.

Hospice Nurse

End of Life Educator at

Universal Pathways

Erin Custer