It's been some time since our last newsletter and it seemed timely to send one out as we come to the end of 2020 and witness the ending of so much.
There are now over 1800 of you on this list.
We are so very grateful for all the prayers, well-wishes and financial support you send this way.
Doorway Into Light has come a long ways since our start in 2006
and the opening of our funeral home and The Death Store in 2012.
Besides myself, there is my co-director Reverend Michelle Renee, 2 funeral directors two assistant home funeral guides and death doulas, and a number of people who help when needed.The Death Store now features a sand play therapy table for children and adults who are grieving and a ceremony area for memorials and family viewings.
. Open on Saturdays, people are finding their way here as more Maui folks
find out about us, and of course, death may be more prominent for many.
More and more people on Maui (and all of Hawaii) and in fact, all over the world are connecting with our services, and our educational programs.
We have a stellar, world-known death doula training
and our 6 month certification program has graduated a number of death doulas!
We continue to be the only nonprofit funeral home in Hawaii (gluten free!)
and it's only certified green funeral home. We are now burying bodies in our hand crafted caskets and in cardboard boxes, at a local nonprofit cemetery.
Our green burial and ocean body burial services, which we started in 2012, have gotten busier. "Green" is catching on. Cremation is a toxic and energy consuming (oil and gas) practice and not the best last carbon footprint to make.
- We are working on setting up a branch of Doorway Into Light
on the Big Island of Hawaii.
- We just received a small grant for audio and video equipment to offer Zoom and live-streaming funerals and memorials.
- We are setting up a small recording studio at Doorway Into Light for classes, long-distance counseling, as well as for people to record legacy videos.