I and many home funeral guides that I know were first moved to explore
the subject of home funerals after watching the PBS documentary “A
Family Undertaking.” In the 12 years since its making it has changed
innumerable lives. I highly recommend it. It is available on Netfix.
Civil War, preparing the dead for burial and funeral rites generally fell to
friends and family members of the deceased. The 20th century saw the rise of
the professional undertaker, a trend that changed American
attitudes toward death and distanced grievers from their loved ones.
This eye-opening film uncovers a growing movement advocating a return
to a more traditional, personal approach to honoring the dead.”
In December 2013, WGBH reporter Anne Mostue attended a workshop that
Peg put on in Groton. Here is the story; the video is below.
Los Angeles-based alternative death worker Caitlin Doughty promises
STEPS to becoming an Alternative Mortician in the YouTube video linked
here. She quickly admits that that title is clickbait:
there are no easy steps and no well laid-out path into this movement. The video
is both entertaining and informative.
Death DIY: This
4-1/2-minute video “captures the essence of what after-death care
means,” Peg wrote recently on Facebook.
Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, MN ran a story about
Anne Conley's home funeral complete with a 3-day vigil
over her body. It was her dying wish and her children went along,
reluctantly at first; but they slowly came around to realize that
“Anne’s approach to death and the vigil seemed to make