A word about our services:  Dear Departures is not a funeral home, nor do we hold ourselves out to the community as if we were.  

We are alternative providers, and that means that we are first and foremost advocates, liaisons, consultants, and educators. 

Colorado state law does not require you to engage the services of a funeral home in any capacity, should you decide not to.  

You will, however, have to choose a method of final disposition (burial, water or flame cremation, composting, whole body donation, etc.)   

We can offer some suggestions for possible providers and you can decide where to go from there.

Sliding Scale/Ability-to-Pay/Pay-What-You-Can Options Are Available.

Please contact us for more information.  

Community Death Care / Home Funeral Guidance

We can guide you through the logistics of holding a home funeral (also known as family/community led death care.) 

There is a wealth of free knowledge available on the National Home Funeral Alliance’s website, as well as other places on the internet that offer the basics of body-care, cooling of the body, shrouding, and more. 

For those that do not wish to go-it-alone, we offer guidance and planning around how to engage with community death care legally, and logistically. We help you navigate  the process while encouraging you to trust in your abilities. 

Guidance offered on a sliding scale rate of $35-$120 hour, though no one will be turned away.   

Free 20 Minute Consultations

***Ability-to-Pay/Pay-What-You-Can Options Available*** 

Custom Ceremonies

Tawnya is a Life-Cycle Celebrant® and specializes in funerals, living-funerals, memorials, and celebrations-of-life. 

She will collaborate with you to craft an unique ceremony tailored to the dearly departed (or departing) and who they are/were in life.

Celebrant ceremonies are not your run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter ceremonies. 

They are thoughtful, personalized honorings. 

Celebrants take time, and care, to get the big picture, and tell a story. 

Want reverence?  Want humor?  Want spunk?  Want class?  We can make that happen in the location of your choice!   

Ceremonies Include:

~Interview session with the client to gather information (up to two hours.)
~Drafting of custom ceremony script and edits (if time permits,) prior to ceremony.
~Consultation/coordination with ceremony participants (eulogists, musicians, etc.)
~Officiating the ceremony (up to two hours on site.)
~Keepsake copy of the ceremony.

Starting at $750.00

Free 20 Minute Consultations

***Limited number of discounted/ability to pay ceremonies offered annually.***

Obituary & Eulogy Writing

You don’t have to be dying to start writing an obituary! Getting a head start means that when the inevitable happens, (be it tomorrow or years from now,) the things that are important to you about your life’s story have been highlighted!

We offer guidance in obituary writing, whether you are writing one for yourself, or someone else.

An obit doesn’t have to be just a timeline events. It can be fun, witty, reverent, and/or lush!

 Writing a eulogy? We’ve got you covered there, too.

Whether you need support from start to finish, or just need some feedback and editing support, we can help!

Starting at $150.00

End-of-Life Care & Planning

As a Death Doula, Tawnya has offerings of caregiving, respite, advance care planning, end-of-life vigil planning, after-death-care planning, legacy projects, care-calendar coordination, down-sizing support, and more. 

Like birth doulas, death doulas offer holistic, non-medical, emotional, practical and spiritual support.

Services are offered as an added layer to hospice care, not in lieu of it.

Sliding Scale of $35-$120 per hour

Packages Available

Free 20 Minute Consultations

***Ability-to-Pay/Pay-What-You-Can Options Available***

Legacy Projects

Not interested in full doula services? 

Just want someone to work with on a legacy project? 

Legacy projects are one of our favorite offerings!

And, you don’t have to be dying to create a legacy project! 

Want to leave behind a special scrapbook?  A video? A book of stories? 

Let’s talk!

Starting at $150.00 

Pet Death Ceremonies

Our pets are family. 

We can help put together a meaningful send-off for your furry, scaly, feathered or other non-human family members. 

Oftentimes, we are left longing for something more after the death of a beloved pet. 

Ceremony and ritual are important when saying goodbye to them, too. 

Starting at $150.00

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