For those who want to be more in control of what happens to their own body after death,
or would like to explore ways to care for a loved one’s body after death. . .
For those who wish for options other than the standard funeral practices of our day,
and long for simple burial . . .
For those who would rather have after-death care centered in family and community life. . .
For those who desire to talk about these and other Last Things: Alternatives at the End of Life,
and who would now like to plan for them. . .
There are alternatives.
“Birth, life and death – each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.”
- Attributed to Toni Morrison
“Dying with Dignity” - An article about her mother’s passing, by Klara Tammany
Articles about home funerals are starting to appear in the national media. Here are links to some of them.
“Funerals and Burials,” a September 5, 2008 broadcast on Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks (rebroadcast on March 6, 2009)
“The Surprising Satisfactions of a Home Funeral,” by Max Alexander, Smithsonian magazine, March 2009
“In Home Funerals, Families Care For Their Dead,” NPR’s Talk of the Nation, April 30, 2009
“Home Burials Offer an Intimate Alternative,” New York Times, July 21, 2009
“Home Funerals Offer a Different Way of Saying Final Goodbyes,” Austin American-Statesman, July 26, 2009