Home Funerals It’s legal … it’s green
A hundred years ago home funerals, like home births, were the norm.  Slowly the care of our loved ones  was turned over to...
A traditional Swiss wake
Workshop in after-death care
Workshop
Workshop
Decorating a Cremation Coffin
The following slides honor Harriett
Washing and blessing
Moving the body
Harriett’s “Hope Chest” (coffin)
Memorial
Casket personalized for Harriett
The following slides honor John
Vigil
Guest book
Memorial
The following slides honor Catherine
Vigil
Granddaughter painted the coffin
Family carries coffin into crematory
Web Resources
Web page with general information and resources  www.homefuneral.info
Web page with video about how to do a home funeral, $15 www.passingthroughourhands.com
Web page of home funeral practitioners and resources www.HomeFuneralDirectory.com
Growing Awareness & Interest <ul><li>Green burial </li></ul><ul><li>Personalization </li></ul><ul><li>Cremation </li></ul>...
Funeral Trends <ul><li>57% pre-planned their funeral or intended to pre-plan </li></ul><ul><li>62% adults want personaliza...
Shades of Green <ul><li>Whichever way you make your transition greener, whatever shade of green you choose for your End-of...
Each year in the U.S. we bury <ul><li>827,060 gallons of formaldehyde-based embalming fluid </li></ul><ul><li>90,272 tons ...
Green Burial Does NOT Require <ul><li>Formaldehyde-based embalming </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete Burial Vaults  </li></ul><ul...
Wood Casket
Biodegradable Coffins
Shroud
Recycled Paper “Ecopod”
Goal of Green Burial <ul><li>Reduce toxins, waste, and carbon emissions associated with conventional deathcare </li></ul><...
Process Through Time
Family Directed Burial Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
Planting the Grave Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
Chapel Hill, NC
Metamora, Michigan
Open Grave
Ceremony at Green Cemetery Preserve
Gravestone
Buried in Shroud
Resources <ul><li>www.Homefuneral.info </li></ul><ul><li>www.Homefuneraldirectory.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.Crossingscircl...
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  1. 2. Home Funerals It’s legal … it’s green
  2. 3. A hundred years ago home funerals, like home births, were the norm. Slowly the care of our loved ones was turned over to professionals. Now there is a remembering of the power and sacredness of this final act of love . . . as more and more families choose a home funeral.
  3. 4. A traditional Swiss wake
  4. 5. Workshop in after-death care
  5. 6. Workshop
  6. 7. Workshop
  7. 8. Decorating a Cremation Coffin
  8. 9. The following slides honor Harriett
  9. 10. Washing and blessing
  10. 11. Moving the body
  11. 12. Harriett’s “Hope Chest” (coffin)
  12. 13. Memorial
  13. 14. Casket personalized for Harriett
  14. 15. The following slides honor John
  15. 16. Vigil
  16. 17. Guest book
  17. 18. Memorial
  18. 19. The following slides honor Catherine
  19. 20. Vigil
  20. 21. Granddaughter painted the coffin
  21. 22. Family carries coffin into crematory
  22. 23. Web Resources
  23. 24. Web page with general information and resources www.homefuneral.info
  24. 25. Web page with video about how to do a home funeral, $15 www.passingthroughourhands.com
  25. 26. Web page of home funeral practitioners and resources www.HomeFuneralDirectory.com
  26. 27. Growing Awareness & Interest <ul><li>Green burial </li></ul><ul><li>Personalization </li></ul><ul><li>Cremation </li></ul><ul><li>No embalming </li></ul><ul><li>Shroud burial </li></ul>
  27. 28. Funeral Trends <ul><li>57% pre-planned their funeral or intended to pre-plan </li></ul><ul><li>62% adults want personalization at their funeral </li></ul><ul><li>50% of these want a friend/s to tell stories about the deceased </li></ul><ul><li>13% want a traditional funeral with visitation and religious content/approach </li></ul><ul><li>Source: National Funeral Directors’ Association Survey, Harris Interactive </li></ul>
  28. 29. Shades of Green <ul><li>Whichever way you make your transition greener, whatever shade of green you choose for your End-of-Life ceremony, the decisions you make will be precious legacies that will move us towards truly life affirming and honoring ourselves, our beautiful blue planet, and all of life </li></ul>
  29. 30. Each year in the U.S. we bury <ul><li>827,060 gallons of formaldehyde-based embalming fluid </li></ul><ul><li>90,272 tons of steel (caskets) </li></ul><ul><li>2,700 tons of copper and bronze (caskets) </li></ul><ul><li>30-plus million board feet of timber including tropical hardwoods (caskets)  </li></ul><ul><li>1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete (vaults) </li></ul>
  30. 31. Green Burial Does NOT Require <ul><li>Formaldehyde-based embalming </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete Burial Vaults </li></ul><ul><li>Metal caskets </li></ul>Beloved - 18 Gauge Steel Casket List Price: $3,395.00 Our Price: $1,195.00 You Save $2,200.00!
  31. 32. Wood Casket
  32. 33. Biodegradable Coffins
  33. 34. Shroud
  34. 35. Recycled Paper “Ecopod”
  35. 36. Goal of Green Burial <ul><li>Reduce toxins, waste, and carbon emissions associated with conventional deathcare </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize burial as a strategy for acquiring, restoring and stewarding natural areas </li></ul>
  36. 37. Process Through Time
  37. 38. Family Directed Burial Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
  38. 39. Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
  39. 40. Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
  40. 41. Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
  41. 42. Planting the Grave Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Tx
  42. 43. Chapel Hill, NC
  43. 44. Metamora, Michigan
  44. 45. Open Grave
  45. 46. Ceremony at Green Cemetery Preserve
  46. 47. Gravestone
  47. 48. Buried in Shroud
  48. 49. Resources <ul><li>www.Homefuneral.info </li></ul><ul><li>www.Homefuneraldirectory.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.Crossingscircle.org </li></ul>

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