Role of the Home Funeral Guide
This definition was created by the National Home Funeral Alliance.
The role of a home funeral guide is to educate and empower families to
exercise the innate right of caring for their own dead. This is also our
Home funeral guides do not seek to conduct the
after-death care themselves. Home funeral guides believe that after-death
care is most meaningful when carried out by family and friends of the
deceased. Home funeral guides, therefore, seek to minimize the involvement
of anyone other than family and friends in after-death care. They are
guides and not directors.
Fees levied in exchange for the education and empowerment of families or
for ministerial services are in accordance with time invested and are in
keeping with the fair business practice of fair compensation for services
Home funeral guides are advocates for family-centered and family-led
funerals. They speak in favor of protecting those rights. They impart the
knowledge that families may need in order to be able to exercise that innate
right of caring for their own dead. Home funeral guides also educate on the
benefits of the home funeral.
Furthermore and specifically:
- A home funeral guide will always practice with respect, sensitivity,
integrity, clarity, and calmness.
- A home funeral guide will maintain high standards of personal conduct in
his/her role in educating and guiding families conducting home
- A home funeral guide will maintain familiarity with local and state
laws, ordinances, and regulations, especially pertaining to family rights in
caring for deceased persons.
- The home funeral guide will avail themselves of opportunities for
- The home funeral guide will see and maintain affiliations with related
supportive organizations and associations, and with other home funeral
- The home funeral guide will conduct community outreach and education on
natural death care, home funerals, and green burial.
- A home funeral guide will build liaison relationships with local funeral
directors, in order to engage them as necessary to meet a family’s after
death care needs.
- A home funeral guide will build liaison relationships with local
officials charged with the care of deceased persons and their families, such
as vital records department personnel, coroners and their deputies.
- A home funeral guide will maintain familiarity with the operations,
procedures and documentation requirements associated with the work of such