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NEWS JUNE 2021 Fam i l y Own e d a n d Operated Since 1974 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY PO B o x 5 1 5 9 Y o u n g s t own OH 4 4 5 1 4 1 - 8 0 0 - 3 2 1 - 7 4 7 9 On l i n e a t www . n om i s p u b l i c a t i o n s . c om P r e v i o u s l y P u b l i s h e d a s t h e Y B N e w s • S t i l l t h e P l a c e f o r Y o u r N e w s ! ST. PAUL,MN— Inspired Jour- neys, the Midwest’s first woman- owned, client-centered natural deathcare provider, is now offer- ing funeral services in the Twin Cities area. Angela Woosley founded In- spired Journeys in January of 2020. Her father was a pastor and her mother a nurse. She grew up watching her father care for his congregation and her mother care for her patients in a different way. Being a mor- tician seems to be the perfect career choice for someone with parents in these occupations and her resulting upbringing. Woosley has been a state-li- censed mortician for 15 years, and for a decade taught in the mortuary science program at the The Judith Roth Studio Collection BLACK HISTORY and Culture calendar www.jrcal.com 800 • 413 • 4455 FREE! $ 1 . 60 Only Company Info & Shipping Complete Each FRONT PAGE - BH - JUNE 2022.qxp_ Layout 1 5/12/21 2:27 PM Page 1 Inspired Journeys Now Provides Funeral Services By Laurie Esposito Harley Angela Woosley University of Minnesota. She became a certified celebrant in 2017 through the InSight Institute, and in 2019 she trained as an end-of-life doula with the International End-of-Life Doula Association (INELDA). Most recent- ly, Woosley was accepted to the board of directors of the National Home Fu- neral Alliance, and currently serves as the organization’s president. Woosley noticed the frequency of home hospice patients and thought “a bridge can be built between medi- cal care and the funeral care. People need a trusted guide and companion to carry them through.” And so, she created Inspired Journeys. Commu- nity-led deathcare provides addition- al options for families interested in a more intimate and personal cere- mony to honor their departed loved ones. Inspired Journeys offers a full range of services, including memorials, home vigils, in-person or virtual fu- nerals, life celebration planning, and end of life doula services. They help clients create legacy projects, such as letters to future generations or scrap- books, and now that they are a li- censed funeral home, they can file the death certificates, complete oth- er paperwork, and make cremation or burial arrangements. Minnesota law states that one cannot be paid to care for the dead without a funeral home establish- ment license. Prior to getting her license, Inspired Journeys offered celebrant and an end-of-life doula services as well as home vigil edu- cation. Now that Inspired Journeys is a licensed funeral home, they are able to serve families more fully. State law requires licensed funeral homes to have an embalming facili- ty, so Inspired Journeys joined with Bradshaw Funeral Home to use their facilities when necessary as well as make use of their beautiful chapel. “Not everyone has a home that can accommodate end of life services,” says Woosley. Funeral directors across the coun- try can benefit from home fu- nerals by connecting with hos- pice patients and their families in a genuine, inclusive way. Woosley says, “The general public may not have the best impression of funer- al directors, in general.” She’s refer- ring back to the stereotypical stiff, cold funeral directors in their plain black suits. However, to help de- stroy that stereotype, she recom- mends inviting families into car- ing for the dead by including the Continued on Page A26 www.nomispublications.com M emorial R eefs I nternational See Page A24 announces their F irst N ew J ersey D edication of 2021 OGR hosts V irtual A nnual C onference Awards Honors and Installs Officers See Page A28 C ape C od C ommunity C ollege F uneral S ervice P rogram Receives Accreditation from ABFSE See Page A36 Classified Ads Shipping Directory Index of Advertisers