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Definition of a Home Funeral

Excerpted from the National Home Funeral Alliance’s Code of Ethics and Initial Standards of Practice for the Vocation of Home Funeral Guide:

[The home funeral] is a family or community-centered response to death and after-death care. Through the millennia this was the way we used to care for our dead; within the context of the family or community. Most state laws support the right of the family to care for their own departed. Depending on the specifics of each state’s law families and communities may play a key role in:

Home funerals may occur within the family home or elsewhere, such as nursing homes or hospitals. The emphasis is on encouraging and educating on minimal, non-invasive and environmentally-friendly care of the body.

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