Remnants of a simple home remembrance ceremony, with red candles forming the shape of a ribbon, in honor of individuals with HIV.

Remnants of a simple home remembrance ceremony, with red candles forming the shape of a ribbon, in honor of individuals with HIV.

HOME FUNERAL GUIDE

natural, gentle, non-invasive & green; led by family & friends; sacred & comfortable; affordable; therapeutic

sliding scale pricing: I charge $100/hr for home funeral guide services, but I will not turn anyone away from home funeral guide services, regardless of ability to pay.

{I'm committed to providing as much accessibility to my services as I can. Please contact me to discuss pricing options and care needs. Since the needs of every family vary so much, we can work out a specific structure that provides the necessary services and not the unnecessary ones; at a price that works for both of us. Please don't hesitate to contact me, regardless of your financial situation.}

What is a home funeral? Please see FAQs & Resources.

Home funeral services may include:

  • education about what a home funeral is and how it's done, and support along the whole process, so you can do your own
  • preparing communities to feel confident in having a home funeral (yes, you can do it!)
  • teaching family and friends how to lovingly and skillfully care for the deceased's body after death, and how to keep it cool and in the home for up to three days
  • empowering individuals and their loved ones to plan rituals and ceremonies that feel right, providing inspiration and ideas
  • working in collaboration with religious leaders or funeral directors if families so choose
  • referrals to home-funeral friendly cemeteries or cremation services
  • education about green burial, support in decision-making and implementing practices that are in harmony with the environment
  • holding space for creative endeavors such as singing, shroud-making, or casket-making; encouraging therapeutic participation
  • referrals to skilled, trustworthy practitioners for grief therapy, massage, energy work, etc.
  • providing a grounded, easeful, experienced presence--for some families, this can shift an intimidating, scary experience to a sacred, empowering experience
  • listening deeply
  • organization and pragmatic tasks (such as sending emails or even simply cooking food) that are needed groundwork for a home funeral
  • responding with flexibility and an open heart and mind
  • follow-ups and relationship-centered work
  • around the clock support in the immediate time post-death through the funeral
  • gentle and bold accompaniment from start to finish
This ceremony took place out on the front porch.

This ceremony took place out on the front porch.