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Home Funerals and Green Burial

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A presentation with information and photos about the option of home funerals and green burial.

A presentation with information and photos about the option of home funerals and green burial.


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