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A home funeral guide coaches family members on how to plan and carry out the best after-death care for their loved ones, aiming to guide families and communities on how to conduct family-led funerals at home and offering them aid on everything from funeral planning to assistance with after-death legal matters. Home funerals are safe and legal, and are often overlooked as a way to bring family together after the loss of a loved one.

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What You Need to ...

What You Need to Know About Home Funerals

Home funerals are on the rise all over the country, and home funeral guides are leading the way. But what is a “home funeral” and what is a “home funeral guide?” We spoke with Lee Websiter from the National Home Funeral Alliance  and a Home Funeral Guide, to get ...

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Alternatives to Embalming

Alternatives to Embalming

Embalming is not the only means of temporarily preserving a body prior to burial or cremation. In fact, the United States and Canada are the only countries in which embalming is still considered common practice, with countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia having banned it years ago. If you are ...

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The Death Doula or ...

The Death Doula or Death Midwife


When you think of the word “midwife” you think of childbirth, however this is not the only kind of midwife. The other midwife is a death midwife or more commonly known as “death doula”. 

What is a Death Doula?

A death doula is a man or woman whose ...

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Grieving Santa Rosa Family ...

Grieving Santa Rosa Family Reclaims Old Ways, Brings Son’s Body Home to Say Good-bye


When Carl Hamilton got the news that every parent dreads, his fatherly instinct kicked in. His son Chris was lying alone at the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office, the victim of a middle-of-the-night car crash. Against all modern convention, Hamilton decided he ...

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