Home Based Funerals
A Home funeral is a funeral where the family is responsible for creating and
making all of the funeral arrangements. It usually does not involve a funeral home
or a mortuary.
It is legal in most states to care for your own dead. There are five states where a
family may not care for their own dead, Connecticut, New York, Indiana,
Nebraska, and Louisiana. Complications exist in DC and Michigan.
Home burial is usually possible when there is an expected death. Unexpected death
still requires contacting the coroner.
People are often just unaware of their choices such as: having a home funeral, or
making their own caskets.
If a home funeral is right for your family then it is necessary to begin making the
arrangements for what is often referred to as the “death plan”.
Many at home funerals use a volunteer or for hire, Home Funeral Guide. This a
person who helps out the family and is usually experienced in the home funeral
People having home funerals and hands on experience with the body, often have a
much healthier grieving process. Home based funerals help children to deal with
death in a healthier manner removing the stigma of funerals. Once a person has
touched, the body of lost loved one, death isn’t as scary anymore.
Home funerals also provide the family the ability to; personally decorate the casket
and the things that accompany the body. Some may choose to do the hair and
make up of the deceased, feeling they know the person better than a stranger,
making them look more natural.
Many people find it unacceptable that we take care of the people in our lives until
the very last moment and then we hand there care over to strangers. Emotions
come in waves and not just in blocks of time allotted by the designated service
schedule. Then it often becomes restricted due to the number of people present
they may make your emotions embarrassing.
The funeral home is a professional institution, which doesn’t lend itself to intimacy.
No professional, no matter how good they are cannot care for the dead better than
someone who loved them. Funeral homes are often viewed as sterile and
impersonal since they must accommodate some many different ethnicities and
Many people regret having immediately contacted a funeral home and have the
body removed from the home, rather than spending a little time with the deceased.
They also feel that if they don’t act quickly the body will begin to break down, but
that is rarely the case.
It’s usually several days before the body starts to deteriorate.
Gradually a person begins to lose coloring as the blood begins to pool at the lowest
part of the body. The eyes may sink in a little bit, and open slightly, and the mouth
will likely drop open. This all happens as the muscles begin to relax. This all
happens gradually so there is no shock involved.
Necessary Things to do and Items to Have
* Turn off heat sources
* Turn on AC if available
* Obtain dry ice
* In some states, there is a report of death in addition to the death certificate
* In some states, you can move a body with medical permission
* In some states, you need a burial transport permit.
* In some states they require a medical examiner’s permit to cremate.
* The old tradition of putting coins over the deceased eyes is unnecessary, as
today’s coins are so light, they have no effect.
State by state
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