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Definition of a Home Funeral

According to the National Home Funeral Alliance’s Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Practice:

A home funeral is a family or community-centered response to death and after-death care. 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 the family to provide care of the body through minimally invasive and environmentally friendly care practices.

A home funeral guide is a trained individual who educates and empowers families to exercise the innate right of caring for their own dead.


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