March 16-17, 2023 at the Sonesta Hotel in Denver


Thursday March 16 – Conference Day 1


Time Type of Event Name of Event Topic Presenter
0900 – 0915 Welcome Opening Welcome & Intro to Conference Seth Viddal (The Natural Funeral)
0915 – 1015 Presentation Understanding NOR The Origin and History of NOR Katrina Spade (Recompose)
1015 – 1045 Break & Vendor Booths
1045 – 1145 Panel Meet the Operators Vendors currently offering NOR Recompose, Return Home, Earth & The Natural Funeral
1145 – 1315 Offsite Lunch & Networking
1315 – 1400 Presentation Environmental Impact of NOR Carbon impact of NOR versus other disposition choices Dan Ziskin, PhD (The Natural Funeral)
1400 – 1430 Presentation The Science of NOR and the Value of Composting An academic perspective of human mortality composting Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, PhD (Washington State University)
1430- 1500 Break & Vendor Booths
1500 – 1600 Presentation Natural Death Care Techniques Body preparation without embalming, chemicals, cosmetics, etc. Lauren Carroll and Erin Merelli (The Deathwives), Ray Green (The Natural Funeral), Katey Houston (Return Home)
1600 – 1645 Interactive Workshop Laying In Demonstration Memorializing a world before NOR Nicole Matarazzo (End of Life Pathways)
1645 – 1700 Day 1 Closing Remarks by Seth Viddal (The Natural Funeral)


Thursday, March 16 – Independent Event


1900 – 2100 In Conversation with Caitlin Doughty (The Order of the Good Death)


Friday March 17 – Conference Day 2


Time Type of Event Name of Event Topic Presenter
0900 – 1000 Presentation Articulating NOR  Creating terminology at the intersection of funeral service and composting Micah Truman and Katey Houston (Return Homies)
1000 – 1030 Break & Vendor Booths
1030 – 1130 Presentation Advance Planning Planning Ahead for Your Own NOR David Heckel (The Natural Funeral) and Gail Rubin (A Good Goodbye)
1130 – 1300  Offsite Lunch & Networking
1300 – 1400 Panel Families Who Have Chosen NOR What does NOR mean to your family? Wieser family

Davis family

1400 – 1445 Panel Elevating Family Experiences with NOR Adding value to your funeral home services by offering NOR Susan Johnson (Feldman Mortuary) and Seth Viddal (The Natural Funeral)
1445 – 1515 Break & Vendor Booths
1515 – 1615 Panel Land Stewardship Land Conservation Through NOR Eric Rooney (ReGeneration Earth), Emily Miller (Colorado Burial Preserve), Elliot Rasenick (Bells Mountain), and Susan Nemcek (Willow Farm)
1615 – 1645 Interactive Workshop Laying Out Demonstration Returning our bodies as a gift to the Earth Ben Martin (Essential Ceremonies)
1645 – 1700 Closing & Call To Action by Seth Viddal (The Natural Funeral)