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About Home Funeral Guides & Educators

A home funeral is one wher a family cares for a loved one in the home in some capacity before the final burial or cremation.  This can be a natural transition of care for someone how has been receiving hospice care at home, though that is not a requirement for a home funeral. Home funerals are safe and legal, and are often overlooked as a way to bring family together after the loss of a loved one.

A home funeral guide or educator coaches family members on how to plan and carry out the best after-death care for their loved ones. The aim is to guide families and communities on how to conduct family-led funerals at home and offering assistance on everything from general funeral planning questions to after-death legal matters.

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Articles About Home Funeral Guides & Educators

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 seeking ...
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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 answers to some ...
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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 job is ...
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Inside A Home Funeral

Inside A Home Funeral
Melissa Roberts Weidman, a hospice writer and administrator, recounts her experience with a home funeral. After the death of her best friends’ 22-year-old son, Weidman was asked to help arrange his home funeral. In the article, she describes the intimate details of preparing his body, as well as the emotions ...
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