For more than two-and-a-half decades Michael Murschel’s private practice has provided a host of contemporary and highly personal options in death care, spanning funeral service design and delivery, grief support, and compassion fatigue care, all designed to heal and provide closure to those in mourning. In funeral homes, churches, forest preserves, cemeteries, and private settings.

He is fluent in some 50 faith traditions, including Christian, Interfaith, Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist, and Pagan, working within a realm of blended family traditions, staying true to the traditions of your loved one, and providing words of hope, healing and adaptation to the bereaved.


  • Masters in Pastoral Care and Theology:
  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Bachelors in Communications:
  • Northwestern University
  • Commissioned Spiritual Director
  • Oblate at Marmion Abbey
  • Advanced studies in guided imagery, hypnosis, individual and group meditation, liturgy, prayer, ritual, and symbolism

Prior to entering private practice, Mike served on staff and supplied with Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and Chicago Area Unitarian Universalist congregations. He served as Associate Vice president of Communications and Marketing at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and currently serves on the faculty of Sacred Journey School of Spiritual Direction.


  • Spiritual Directors international
  • Cook County Funeral Directors Association
  • Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders (CERL)
  • National Guild of Hypnotists
  • Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Elgin Downtown Neighborhood Association

At the end of any life, you only have one opportunity for that truly meaningful service for your loved one. For more than 25 years, families have entrusted the final services for their loved ones to Michael. You should, too.