Upcoming Events

Photo from Donelle Dreese, Heritage Acres

Join nationally known author, funeral reform advocate and speaker Lee Webster for an evening of stripping away the veil to learn how you can plan a funeral that is natural, affordable, and meaningful. She’ll reveal the truth about how we came by our current funeral expectations and how we can bring back care for our own dead to ensure that our funerals truly reflect our values.

Some topics we’ll explore via Zoom include legal rights and responsibilities, the problems with cremation, green alternatives that are not green at all.

If you’re looking for home funeral and green burial how-tos and why-fors, join us!

COST: Free and open to all.

April 20 7-8:30pm

Preregister here to get the Zoom link.

Cosponsored by NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy, Hospice Help Foundation & Seacoast Permaculture

Death Cafe – June 25, 9:30am – 11:00am

Our in-person Death Cafes are back! Come join us at the beautiful Carey Cottage to drink coffee, eat cake, and discuss your inevitable demise!

At a Death Cafe people gather to informally and candidly discuss death. Our aim is to increase an awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. There is never an agenda, and the conversation is always interesting, informative, and thought provoking!

Carey Cottage, 400 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth, NH

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited – please sign up using the form below.

Recordings of Past Events:

Watch the 2021 recording of Going Out Green, by Lee Webster of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education and Advocacy, hosted in March 2021. Lee provides all you need to know about green burials, home funerals, and all other final arrangements, as well as which ones are best for our planet. 

Panel Discussion: A Good Death
Featuring HHF Board of Director member Michele Lovell, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner; Rebecca Brown, founding director of the New Hampshire Alliance for End of Life Options (NHAELO); Sandy Lafleur, member of Threshold Care, end of life doula, and musician; and Mary Elizabeth McCue, former hospital chaplain and certified spiritual director now working as an End of Life and Grief Coach.

Panel Discussion: Grief and Loss During COVID

This panel was held on September 22, 2021 and panelists included Pat Coughlin, a hospice social worker and Death Doula; Jeff Pelkey, funeral home director and public safety chaplain; and Carol Schoneberg, hospice educator and grief counselor. Anne McSally, retired pediatrician and Hospice Help Foundation President, facilitated the discussion. They reflect on their experiences, and share insights about what new ways to connect during loss may remain with us going forward.

Click here to read an interview with Carol Schoneberg, hospice educator and grief counselor.

Click here to learn more about the global movement involving Death Cafes.