A Return to Tending at Home
HOME FUNERALS WERE THE COMMON PRACTICE IN AMERICA UP UNTIL THE LAST CENTURY.
It remains an active practice by many around the world, and is a growing choice again in the United States.
Today, cultural, spiritual, economical and ecological priorities and perspectives are contributing to this movement to care for the dying and deceased at home. It is a profound honor to support families in this process. As in every state, it is legal in Florida (where I live and primarily work) for family members to act in lieu of a funeral director, fulfilling all details including the deceased lying-in-honor at home among loved ones after their death.
My initial experience in reclaiming these rites (and rights) was bringing my mother-in-law to our home from the hospice center where she died. She had experienced little autonomy in her life. Political and cultural conditions had resulted in her living in four countries on three continents over her lifetime. To bring her "home" one last time after being uprooted so many times in her life was my last gift to her. Little did I know that hers to me would be to influence the direction of my Celebrant service to others as a Home Funeral Guide.
If this intimate right of care feels correct for you, I welcome a conversation to help you decide and to make a plan that meets your wishes.