The Calling Hours is a collaboration between a funeral director and a filmmaker. We produce multimedia content in and around end of life topics, course design consultations, podcasts, and promotional media.
In addition to working with death care professionals, we provide individuals non-traditional legacy work, audio and video keepsakes and life review interviews. Before we pass from this plane of existence, we need to reflect on the lives we have lived and get our affairs in order.
The greater mission of the Calling Hours is to grow death literacy in America and be a voice in the death positive movement.
Your support and contributions will help us towards closing the gap towards raising 10% down and closing costs on a commercial SBA loan for the purchase of a modest funeral home in Gainesville, Florida. Checks can be made to
Natural Burial Society LLC
1217 NW 30th Ave
Gainesville, Fl 32
Matthew Vonesh is a filmmaker & photographer from Gainesville, Florida. Matthew produces multimedia work for non-profits, educational institutions, and small businesses. His work focuses on human interest stories and creating legacy projects.
Matthew works under UF Creative Works as a Lead Editor, On Location Production Coordinator, and Staff Photographer. He produces promotional media for UF College of Pharmacy and the UF College of Medicine. He also works directly with the Lastinger Center for Learning to build multimedia content imbedded into online courses for teachers in the public school system.
Matthew is the head of multimedia production at The Calling Hours. He produces quality media deliverables and makes the experience with our clients feel warm and approachable. Matthew works with clients to customize the services we offer to fit their needs.
Matthew is the Director of Photography and Editor on an upcoming feature documentary called “Exit Strategy”. The film explores conversations around the death positive movement and how it is changing end-of-life practices in America.
As an Alachua County native, Matthew loves exploring the natural beauty of Florida and enjoys the freedom of paddle boarding in his spare time. You can find more of his work:
William Heath completed his degree in Mortuary Science from Miami Dade College, where he graduated with highest honors. William brings an intriguing set of skills and life experiences to his work as a licensed funeral director, all of which make him uniquely qualified in guiding families through the painful experience of loss and in helping them transform grief through ceremony and spiritual expression.
In past incarnations, William pursued work in the visual arts, both as an artist and curator connecting communities through his work at numerous museums and galleries. William’s early career took him from Gainesville, where he completed a B.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Florida (and where he opened his first gallery, The Art Store), to NYC, to Los Angeles, Austin, and internationally with the U.S. Consulate. Through his work as a curator and art director,
Bridging the professional, spiritual and artistic is of utmost importance to William. To that end and in his current capacity as a funeral director, he has rounded out his education with an End-of-Life Doula Certificate through the University of Vermont. William is currently in training as an interfaith minister at the Alliance of Divine Love while he concurrently volunteers at Haven Hospice.
With the heart and empathy of an artist and his skills in and knowledge of funeral services, William thoughtfully guides clients toward rituals and ceremonies that speak to that which is meaningful and comforting to them and that reflects the religious and family traditions that they hold close. William is also an enthusiastic proponent of Natural Burial, Alkaline Hydrolysis, and Natural Organic Reduction, and accordingly frequently speaks to groups about alternative disposition options. William volunteers with Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery.
William interviews Caren Martineau of Bevival.com to discuss "Death Literacy" and what the American consumer wants.
We speaks with Grief Recovery Specialist Keeley Ward about Grief & Selfcare in this in-depth discussion.
For more information about Keeley please visit: https://www.keeleymward.com/about
The Calling Hours provides video and photography services for the IFDF used in promotional material and marketing for the organization.
We work directly with the leadership team to focus the IFDF's mission to clearly express impactful messaging in their promotional material.
William serves the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida Association as their Student Liaison.
The IFDF's new student outreach initiative will position the association as a resource for mortuary students and a vehicle to create connections between programs.
The Calling Hours is currently working in collaboration with Wendy Corn of Mind's Eye Pictures to produce a feature length documentary about the death positive movement in the US. The film will take the audience on a journey to learn about end-of-life doulas, interfaith ministers, reimagining hospice, and green burial.
Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, Gainesville, Fl
Virginia Chang, Ph.D. Certified End-of-Life Doula
Francesca Arnoldy author and curriculum creator of the EOL Doula Certificate Program at the University of Vermont
Reverend Jane Roy Licensed Funeral Director, Interfaith Minister, and Green Burial Advocate