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Bringing Out the Dead, At Home

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The TakeAway
February 20, 2013

Death is painfully human, strangely ordinary, and universal. It causes us pain, it requires planning, and it requires final decisions. But here in America, in most cases, it doesn't require one thing: personally handling the dead. More often than not, we leave that to professionals.

But more and more often, Americans are deciding to do things differently. After death, but before the final goodbye, they are handling those final moments with their loved ones' bodies by themselves, with love and care in their own homes.

GUEST: Alice Forrester is one of those people. In 2011, her teenage son died unexpectedly and she chose to bring his body home and prepare it herself, for his final resting.

GUEST: Heather Massey works with the National Home Funeral Alliance, helping families prepare their loved ones for the final goodbye.

Listen to program audio (7:57) at The TakeAway

 

Home Funerals, What are they?

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Confessions of a Funeral Director
February 20, 2013

It’s strange how professional practices can reverse themselves.

Traditionally, in America, funerals have been held in the “parlour” of the deceased’s home.  During the beginning decades of the twentieth century, the funeral business became more industrialized and funerals were moved to what we now call “Funeral Homes”, or “Funeral parlour.”  Recently, however, there seems to be an interesting trending back toward “home funerals.”

Read the full article at Confessions of a Funeral Director

 

Preparing for Your Own Death

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OK to Die Blog

We all die, whether expectedly or not. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve the decision-making burden on those whom we love and create the opportunity for a peace-filled end of life. Do not miss this opportunity. Start your checklist today.

View, save, and/or print the checklist at OK to Die Blog

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Making an end-of life healthcare plan. (Video 4:37)

Family member testimonial (Video 0:57)

 

A guide for funeral planning

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Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
July 25, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: General information should be applicable to most states.

No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. In many families, discussing one's mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic. But it is a topic that should be discussed and planned for well in advance.

By planning your funeral, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief — a time when people aren't thinking very clearly and may not know what to do because you never made your wishes known.

Read the full article at Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)

 

What it's Like to Have a Home Funeral

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The Daily Beast
Feb 5, 2013

Preparing a body for burial is a ritual that is both ageless and tribal. Here’s what it’s like.

This is the first time I am so close. There is a body bag on the table, waiting to be opened. Our best friends’ 22-year-old son’s body is inside. His mother and father are across from me, brothers beside, with several women gathered to form the circle around the table. These women will become my sisters in the next five hours, as we prepare the body together.

They are Heather, the home-funeral advocate who had helped the family arrange for the body to come home instead of the funeral parlor; Betty, a Rolfer and powerful healer and longtime caregiver of the family; Julie, a yoga teacher, friend of the mother and Joan, a lifelong family friend who had also lovingly assisted at this boy’s birth. It was Jane, the boy’s mother, who had gotten the call in the middle of the night that their son Wes had been in a bad car accident. She and her husband John had rushed to the hospital to be greeted with the words, “Your son is deceased.”

Read the full article at The Daily Beast

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.

 


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