Michael J Murschel, SD
Founder, Spiritual Director, Funeral Designer

Michael J Murschel is a commissioned spiritual director, theologian, funeral designer, and funeral conductor. Over the past quarter-century, he has designed and conducted funeral, celebration of life, and memorial services, and provided mourning and grief aftercare, throughout the Chicago area.

Fluent in some 50 faith traditions and the blending of them, Michael is founder and spiritual lead of ‘Mourning Place,’ found on the web at mourningplace.com, an online community of support for those going through mourning of any sort.

Michael publishes extensively in religion, spirituality, and culture, with 2,000+ feature stories in local, regional, and national media, plus several books, either under his own name or ghost written by him for notable authorities in their field.

In addition to credentialing as a Spiritual Director, Michael holds a Masters in Theology and Pastoral Care from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois; and a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV-Film, with a strong minor in Classical Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

He is a member of Spiritual Directors International; Cook County Funeral Directors Association; the Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders; and the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of St Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin, Illinois; and an Oblate of St Benedict, Marmion Abbey, Aurora, Illinois. Currently on teaching staff with Sacred Journey School of Spiritual Companioning, he has served on seminary staff, and with local congregations and regional denominational entities.

Michael and his family reside in Elgin, Illinois.