About Shawn LaValleur Adame and how DIY Dying came to be

    Shawn began her journey in Death Care with career in the Funeral Industry that spans over a decade, serving the 5 county region, known as Southern California. She is native to Los Angeles, claiming home in Long Beach for the last 20 plus years with her Husband and 2 boys. After the loss of her brother, Shawn took intensive training in the Art of Death Midwifery obtaining Certifications as a Death Midwife and Funeral Celebrant. 

     She has since dedicated her future and business to guiding families and the dying through creating meaningful ritual and an environment for the process of dying to be dignified, peaceful and in the comfort of your own home. Shawn brings an open heart and wealth of knowledge of experience as a Funeral Director to her work through DIY DYING, a before & after death care service.  

      As an advocate for Home Funeral and Green Burial practices, Shawn guides families through the processes of preparing for ones death, caring for the dying at home, and conducting a living wake or home funeral. Being a ULC Ordained Minister, Shawn may officiate over services held in addition to assisting the family with comfort, peace, and kindness through arranging and facilitating final disposition arrangements. 

      She offers American made Handcrafted  & Eco-friendly burial products for all your Burial Services on Land or at Sea. Shawn is committed to advocating for environmentally responsible burial practices and is a current Board Director for the Green Burial Council to further her commitment.  

      Shawn is available to consult for small groups or on an individual basis with all your End-of-Life document planning, developing of Legacy Projects, creating Sacred Space for the dying, planning and sitting vigil, living wakes or home funerals, the caring for your dead and dying at home, or to discuss Green Burial and alternative memorial options that are available. Shawn is passionate about bringing those closer to having peace with death and making informed decisions when it comes to their end-of-life wishes. She is only a phone call away, day or night for answering questions or lending a hand. 

     You can follow Shawn on Instagram.com/@diydying, for recommendations on books, videos, documentaries, current news, upcoming events, or helpful information relating to death and dying. If you would like Shawn to come to you and discuss her services in further detail with your family call 562.850.7809, Today! 

      Thank you for visiting DIY DYINGwhere we believe Death Care is Life Care                


Green Burial Council Certified

DIY DYING is among a select group of funeral homes approved by the Green Burial Council compromising of 

two nonprofit organizations: Green Burial Council International, Inc (IRS 501(c)(3)), education and outreach for end of life professionals and the general public; and Green Burial Council, Inc (IRS 501(c)(6)),  certification administrator for cemeteries, sustainable death and dying practices and funerary products. 

Green Burial: How Natural Burials 

Help the Planet

Steelmantown Cemetery owner & GBC President, Ed Bixby, speaks with NowThis on Green Burial Cemeteries.  For more information visit steelmantowncemetery.com 

Here are his California Green Cemeteries:

Purissima Historic Cemetery

Half Moon Bay, CA

Westwood Hills Memorial Park

​Placerville, CA

"When one visits a Green Cemetery they are overwhelmed by the presence of Life 

rather that the aspect of Death." 

 - Kimberly Campbell of Ramsey Creek Reserve