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, flame cremation, water cremation, 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 options may be available.  Please contact us for more information .  

Home Funeral Guidance

Also known as family directed funerals, we can educate and guide you through the logistics of holding a home funeral.  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 make a home funeral happen safely, legally, and logistically. 

You will receive up to three hours of guidance for $150.00.  We’re here to teach you how to navigate this process.

Whether you want a one day, or several day home funeral, we will guide you in how to manage it, and empower you to trust that you can.   

Additional support available for an additional charge.


Tawnya is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant specializing in funerals, living-funerals, memorials, and celebrations-of-life.  She will collaborate with you to craft a 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!   

Starting at $450.00   

***Tawnya is a 2019 graduate of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute***

End-of-Life Care & Planning

 As a death doula, Tawnya has offerings of caregiving, end-of-life, vigil, and after-death-care planning, as well as respite for caregivers, legacy projects, meaning making, and more.  Like birth doulas, death doulas offer holistic, non-medical, emotional, and practical support as a supplement to hospice. 

Starting at $70.00/hr.  $1400.00 packages available.  Contact us for more information. Ability-to-pay sliding scale options may be available. 

 ***Tawnya is a graduate of the 2018 Sacred Passage Doula program at the Conscious Dying Institute***     


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 Funeral 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