Posts Categorized: Articles

Doulas for Families of the Dying (New York Times)

An article about doulas to the dying in The New York Times [article], May 20, 2006 For the Families of the Dying, Coaching as the Hours Wane By Jange Gross Greg Torso’s death announced itself with a long exhale and then silence, as the breath literally left his body. His mother had been told to expect… Read more »

Fortney: A different way to deal with death (Calgary Herald)

An article about home funerals in the Calgary Herald [article], June 18, 2014 Fortney: A different way to deal with death By Val Fortney On the night he died, his family cleaned his body, dressed him in his favourite outfit and laid him in his bed. His wife crawled in and fell asleep beside him. The… Read more »

How to find the home funeral laws for your area (US & Canada)

If you live in the United States you can fin the home funeral laws for your area (1) through contacting your local Funeral Consumer Alliance affiliate; and/or (2) by reading Lisa Carlson’s and Josh Slocum’s book, “Final Rights”;  and/or (3) contacting another home funeral guide in your state; and/or (4) researching the laws through your state’s… Read more »

changing the conversation about death (Courier-Mail, Australia)

An article from the Courier-Mail in Australia about choosing to stop medical treatment [article], June 7, 2014 How terminally ill artist Joannah Underhill is changing the conversation about death By Leisa Scott Artist Joannah Underhill is sitting in her “lovely Grandma chair”, which helps the 35-year-old stand up, and telling why she decided to stop… Read more »

Help with home funerals: when it crosses the line

Help with home funerals: when it crosses the line By Lisa Carlson, Funeral Ethics.com,  November 13, 2011 [post] As a grandmother to the home funeral movement since 1987, I have been thrilled to see the interest in home funerals taking hold around the country. And how wonderful that there are significant learning opportunities to help… Read more »

DIY Death: Natural, At-Home Funerals And Their Boomer Appeal (Boston)

An article about home funerals from wbur’s Common Health in Boston [article], November 22, 2013. Please visit the above site for excellent photos accompanying the article. DIY Death: Natural, At-Home Funerals And Their Boomer Appeal By Rachel Zimmerman WELLFLEET, Mass. – When 20-month-old Adelaida Kay Van Meter died of a rare genetic disease last winter,… Read more »

Home Funerals, the expanded version

In the last several years more has been written about home funerals. Articles have appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Washington Post, and more. As more people become involved with home funerals, the definition of what it is expands also. Nowadays a home funeral can describe any part of the time from when a… Read more »

What are Soul Midwives?

The term “Soul Midwives” describes non-medical, holistic companions who guide and support the dying in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.

What is a Death Midwife? by Olivia Rose Bareham

An article in “The Moon Magazine” interviewing Olivia Rose Bareham. Visit site: MoonMagazine.org  What is a Death Midwife? Interview with Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham, Death midwife Olivia-Bareham-for-webRev. Olivia Bareham–or simply, Rev. Olivia–is an ordained minister of healing. Originally from England, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of London, and a bachelor’s degree in natural… Read more »

Dirty secrets of funeral home industry

A recent post to Redit.com is calling a lot of attention to the state of the funeral industry. Read a funeral director’s perspective of the “dirty” secrets of funeral homes. http://www.reddit.com/funeral-home-secrets Below the post is copied in its entirely, but for the interesting comments to the article please click on the link above. Throwaway, obviously…. Read more »

No Grey Suits

The story of family and friends who pulled together to say goodbye to their mother, wife, daughter, sister, colleague and friend – and in the process found they had created magic. http://www.jackmanningllc.com/no_grey_suits

Top Five Regrets of The Dying

Top Five Regrets of The Dying By Bronnie Ware, November 30, 2011 For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when… Read more »

Think Outside the Box (US Catholic Magazine)

An article about home funerals from US Catholic Magazine [article], November 2011 Think Outside the Box By Joe Seehee It’s time we laid our current American burial practices to rest in favor of a more authentically Catholic—and eco-friendly—approach. Last year I was contacted by a woman named Jean who was seeking to arrange a “green”… Read more »

A family undertaking: Caring for our dead (The Christian Century)

An article about home funerals from the Christian Century. October 06, 2009 A family undertaking: Caring for our dead by Holly Stevens When Harriet Ericson died in January 2007 at age 93, she went to the grave in the same manner in which she lived her final years—lovingly tended by her son Rodger Ericson of Austin,… Read more »

Home Burials offer an Intimate Alternative (New York Times)

An article about home funerals from The New York Times [Article], July 20, 2009 Home Burials offer an Intimate Alternative By Katie Zezima PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — When Nathaniel Roe, 92, died at his 18th-century farmhouse here the morning of June 6, his family did not call a funeral home to handle the arrangements. Instead, Mr…. Read more »

Alternatives for Families (South Whidbey Record)

An article about home funerals from South Whidbey Record [article], May 09 2009 Alternatives for Families By Patricia Duff Death, in a sense, is a denouement. It follows the climax of life. In it, a person plays out the final act of one’s existence before his or her exit out of this world. Strange, then,… Read more »

A Full Measure of Devotion (Obit Magazine)

An excellent article about home funerals in Obit Magazine [article], May 12, 2009 A Full Measure of Devotion by Joyce Gemperlein Would you, could you, say goodbye to a deceased family member by washing the body, laying it on a bed of dry ice – perhaps, like in old-timey Westerns, on the kitchen table right… Read more »

The Surprising Satisfactions of a Home Funeral (Smithsonian Magazine)

An article about home funerals in Smithsonian Magazine [article], March 2009 The Surprising Satisfactions of a Home Funeral By Max Alexander Two funerals, two days apart, two grandfathers of my two sons. When my father and father-in-law died in the space of 17 days in late 2007, there wasn’t a lot of time to ruminate on… Read more »

A Serious Undertaking (Newsweek)

An article about home funerals in Newsweek [article], July 3, 2008 A Serious Undertaking By Brendan Kiley A small, but growing, group of activists seeks to reform the funeral industry. James Green is dead. He’s lying on a classroom table—eyes closed, hands across his chest—while Donna Belk, who lectures on do-it-yourself funerals, explains how to… Read more »

The $575 Farewell (The Ledger)

An article about home funerals from The Ledger [article], March 29, 2008 The $575 Farewell For the Homeless and the Indigent, Dying is a Lonely Business, Done Without Ceremony By Gary White Most of us know that when we die, we can expect someone to oversee the disposition of our bodies. Even if we never… Read more »

Even in Death Boomers Do It Their Way (Eons.com)

An article about home funerals from Eons.com, September 28, 2007 Even in Death Boomers Do It Their Way By Lucia Huntington Family members help lower Pansy Anna Palmer’s coffin, covered by a quilt, into her grave in a “green” cemetery in South Carolina. After a Baptist service, she was buried in a wooded grove in… Read more »

More Families Bringing Funerals Home (NBC News)

An article about home funerals from NBC News [article], September 24, 2007 More Families Bringing Funerals Home Small but growing trend helps people reclaim death rituals, experts say By Joy Jernigan When Pam Howley’s 17-year-old daughter died of brain cancer in 2005, she knew one thing: “I did not want her embalmed.” After a year… Read more »

Planning a Funeral for $800 or less (MSN Money)

An article about home funerals from MSN Money, September 18, 2007 Planning a Funeral for $800 or less By Christopher Solomon You can’t take it with you, but you may not want to give thousands to a funeral home and florists. Talk to your loved ones about their wishes and tell them yours. When a… Read more »

Death: A Family Ritual (Michigan Citizen)

An article about home funerals in the Michigan Citizen. Death: A Family Ritual By Wendy Lyons When Imam Abdullah El-Amin’s closest friend died 18 months ago, he ritually bathed his friend’s body, anointed him with oil and fragrant herbs and wrapped him in a simple white burial shroud. It was not only his religious duty,… Read more »

Green Burials Offer Eco-friendly Alternative (The Oakland Post)

An article about home funerals from The Oakland Post Green burials offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional methods By Wendy Lyons If you’re like most people, you probably think that your environmental footprint disappears from the planet once you’re dead and gone. After all, what harm could you possibly do? But it seems even the… Read more »

Families provide a fitting end (San Diego Union Tribune)

An article about home funerals from the San Diego Union Tribune [article], December 17, 2006 Families provide a fitting end Personal touches reflect personalities of departed in funerals held at home By Michael Stetz The rich, full life that Betsy Brack led could be seen everywhere. This was her home, after all.Her clothes hung in… Read more »

Rich But Thrifty Interment (The Santa Fe New Mexican)

An article about home funerals in The Santa Fe New Mexican, October 30, 2006 Rich But Thrifty Interment By Phaedra Haywood When 90-year-old Daniel Shuck died of a heart attack in June, his family members didn’t call a funeral home. They went to St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, dressed him in clean clothes — nothing… Read more »

Crying and Digging (LA Times)

An article about home funerals from LA Times [article], February 6, 2005 Crying and Digging Reclaiming the realities and rituals of death By Nancy Rommelmann For centuries in America, we tended to our dead. People died at home, and relatives prepared the body, laid it out in the parlor and sat by as callers paid… Read more »

Movement to Bring Grief Back Home (The Washington Post)

An article about home funerals from The Washington Post [article], June 5, 2005 Movement to Bring Grief Back Home By Rachel S. Cox Many Bereaved Opting to Bypass Funeral Industry After Richard Saul died of Lou Gehrig’s disease just before Christmas last year at age 77, neighbors and friends gathered at his Cleveland Park home… Read more »

When Somebody Dies … A Final Gift (Mail Tribune)

An article about home funerals from The Mail Tribune [article], October 2, 2004 By Bill Varble Family and friends gathered together to give Jacksonville sexton a fitting farewell Wayne Maxson’s family members wanted his funeral to be just so. Instead of turning to a funeral home, they decided to do it themselves. Sharon Armstrong, a… Read more »

Simple Funerals in the Home Make a Comeback (USA Today)

An article about home funerals from USA today [article], May 10, 20014 Simple Funerals in the Home Make a Comeback by the Associated Press Some want to be remembered with lavish services, others want their remains launched into space. Bob Prater envisioned his passing in simpler terms: A funeral at home. Very few Americans opt… Read more »