Death is a huge mystery, and the only certain event of our lives. Since you have found your way to this page, you may be in contemplation about this important time and we, the stewards at White Eagle, are committed to being change agents for the dying process and for what happens to our bodies after death. Most transformations are assisted by guides, mentors or simply friends to walk with us through unfamiliar territory.
Each burial service at White Eagle is unique. Sometimes there is singing, sometimes a playlist on a phone, sometimes people bring out a potluck of favorite foods, sometimes platters catered by a store, sometimes a shared meal back in town.
Sometimes a religious leader in the community, or a family member, or White Eagle staff "say the words",.
Sometimes, there are no words.
Sometimes we do direct burials, sometimes we host a huge gathering, sometimes a handful of family and friends.
There is no right way to do this, and we are here to support families in discovering whatever way they need to do it.
We can recommend helpers and resources in this process, including end-of life care professionals,home funeral guides, and celebrants who we have worked with throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Holly Pruett, a Celebrant in Portland whose outreach and education website The Death Talk Project is a great resource for more information, Charlene Ray, Mentoring and Ministry on Vashon Island, and Funeral Director advocate for home funerals and green burials Char Barrett at A Sacred Moment in Everett.
Please enjoy this short featurette video called Returning to the Land, which shows some elements of ceremony and burial here. It was made by Laura Cameron, whose husband Tim was buried here in 2018.