Licensed as a funeral director and embalmer, certified end-of-life doula, funeral celebrant, and a home funeral guide, John Christian currently serves as the Executive Director of Larkspur Conservation. He has led Larkspur’s creation of Tennessee’s first conservation burial ground, a nature preserve for natural burial. John Christian is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, the National Home Funeral Alliance and a founding member of Conservation Burial Alliance. He received his formal education from John A. Gupton College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned a degree in mortuary science and funeral arts. Further studies include home funeral guide training through Final Passages, Sebastopol, CA and end-of-life doula certification through the Conscious Dying Institute, Boulder, CO. Since his professional career began in 1998, he has worked in small town settings and in large metropolitan funeral homes and cemeteries. In the fall of 2012, John Christian embarked on a cross-country journey by train, speaking with Americans about their wishes with regards to death, burial, and commemoration. On this trip he learned what options were most important to Americans at the end-of-life and pledged to create a mindful end-of-life option for ALL. Today, he holds a deep respect for mother nature and works to educate and empower the public by bridging environmental advocacy and end-of-life care.