Carolina Memorial Sanctuary

Photo: Mourning Dove studios

Mills River, NC

White Eagle Memorial Preserve

Photo: GROUNDED

Goldendale, WA

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About Home Funerals

A home funeral happens when a loved one is cared for at home or in prepared space after death, giving family and friends time to gather.

A home funeral will allow loved ones to participate in:

  • keeping the body cool with noninvasive techniques, such as dry ice
  • filing the death certificate and obtaining transport and burial permits
  • transporting the deceased to the place of burial or cremation
  • facilitating the final disposition, such as digging the grave in a natural burial
  • preparing the body for burial or cremation by bathing, dressing, and laying out for visitation
  • hiring professionals for specific products or services
  • planning and carrying out after-death rituals or ceremonies

National Home Funeral Alliance: An all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission to educate the public to their choices and provide clear information about all things relating to home funerals.

They empower families to care for their own dead by providing educational opportunities and connections to resources that promote environmentally sound and culturally nurturing death practices. They share information about home funerals, including directories for where to find home funeral guides, home funeral education programs, home-funeral-friendly funeral directors, celebrants and clergy, and groups who will help families when needed.

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"Looking mortality straight in the eye is no easy feat. To avoid the exercise, we choose to stay blindfolded, in the dark as to the realities of death and dying. But ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror."

— Caitlyn Doughty
from "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," p. Ix