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Home Funeral: Eco-Friendly Way Out

Denise Carson

in Parting Ways

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520251083
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251083.003.0011
Home Funeral: Eco-Friendly Way Out

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This chapter describe the experiences of Jerrigrace Lyons, a death midwife in Northern California. The author contacts her for help to get rid off the thoughts of her mother's undignified departure caused by the employees from the funeral home. Jerrigrace, like a midwife in a home-birth, coaches families in preparing the body for a wake and funeral at home to be followed by a procession from the home to the cemetery. With Jerrigrace's help, families circumvent the abrupt removal of the body by caring for their own dead. She educates families, supporting and guiding them on how to perform home funerals, take care of paperwork, such as filing out death certificates, and transport the dead to the crematorium in an effort to return intimacy and family involvement to this final stage of life. The advantages of a home funeral and green burial are also described in this chapter.

Keywords: home funeral; green burial; death midwife; funeral home; cemetery

Chapter.  8274 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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