Passion and Purpose
Preaching Death Positivity, Awareness, and Preparedness
Marilee believes strongly that her personal purpose is pre-need deathcare education and planning evangelism. She blogs and tweets about funeral and end of life topics and loves talking to individuals and groups about deathcare preparedness and options.
In her perfect world, no one would die without a written plan detailing their desires, easily accessible to the ones left behind, previously discussed openly and funded realistically.
But we’re not in the perfect world. So until then, it’s Marilee’s mission to kick down the fear and taboos that block planning and good open conversations about death in families, and to evangelize for preparedness until having an end-of-life plan is as standard as having good term life insurance and a will.
Her personal passions in deathcare focus on home funerals, alternative/natural funeral practices, and end of life spirituality.
Marilee came into her preplanning evangelist and advocate voice in 2014, with encouragement from her circles and her mentors. Her past careers--teaching, homeschooling, project and client management--share a common theme of helping and leading, and it's this thread that her mentors recognized and nurtured to combine with her longstanding passions for after-death care and frugality.
She's a longtime member of her local FCA, a faithful Death Cafe and Home Funeral group attendee, and owns way too many books about end-of life behaviors!
Marilee is a Zonian and a Texan, a former special education teacher and trained counselor, a veteran homeschooler, and an always-on-the-go mama of teenagers. She's an ENTJ, and a compulsive leader with an irresistible drive to assuming command wherever she sees a need, which mean she attends lots of meetings.
She's also a swim and baseball mom, a Bikram yogi, and a member of the Institutional Review Board for the local university.
Curious about the Topic?
Some favorite resources for learning more!
Occasional Thoughts on Death Positivity and Preplanning
Events and articles exploring the past, current, and future state of death
Ask A Mortician
Caitlin Doughty, a California mortician and founder of the Death Positive movement, creates wildly entertaining and simultaneously informative videos--check them out!