Posts Categorized: Resources

How to Plan a Home Funeral

A Home Funeral it’s green, and it’s legal. A hundred years ago home funerals, like home births, were the norm. Slowly the care of our loved ones was turned over to professional undertakers or morticians, and we forgot how to care for our own. Now there is a remembering of the sanctity of this final… Read more »

Go-To Book for Home Funeral legalities in the US

Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson have written the Go-To book for home funerals: “Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death“. The book lists state-by-state laws and requirements for families in an easy-to-read format. You can download the chapter for the laws in your statefrom the bookstore at www.funerals.org for only $5. This is a… Read more »

Mix & Match Funeral Services

When you are arranging a home funeral you may want to do all the services yourself, or you may want to have the help of a traditional funeral home. For example, if you are waiting for a relative to come in from overseas and need to postpone burial for a week, you may want the… Read more »

Creating Sweet Memories

While providing after-death care for your loved one it is important to pause and take moments to be present with the experience. Doing little things to appreciate your loved one can create a special memory for years to come. Here are some ideas for doing that, but it is more important that you do what… Read more »

Can Families Have Their Own Cremations?

Lamar Hankins  is a well-respected lawyer in Texas and a board member of the Funeral Consumer Alliance. Recently he was asked if a family has the right to cremate a body using a funeral pyre. His reply is below. [On an entirely different note, there is also a very irreverent and funny video addressing this issue and… Read more »

Home Funeral Photos

A site with photos about home funerals so you can view different scenarios where they have been used. http://www.flickr.com/photos/homefunerals

Code of Ethics for Home Funeral Guides

National Home Funeral Alliance Code of Ethics and Initial Standards of Practice for the Vocation of Home Funeral Guide The aim of this document is to help home funeral guides practice integrity by clearly defining our goals and ethical responsibilities in relation to our clients, our peers, to the law and to society. It requires… Read more »