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Home Deathcare in the News:

The Rise of the Death Doula – Maclean’s Magazine, March 15, 2015

‘Corporatization’ of funeral industry drives quest for alternatives – CBC News

At-Home Funerals – WBGH News

Death Midwifery – CBC Radio Calgary

Notes from a Home Funeral     

Families Choose Home Funerals For Their Loved Ones    

DIY Death: Natural, At-Home Funerals 

A Modern Home Funeral vs. a Traditional Funeral Home

Reclaiming Death

Death is too Medicalized: Death Midwifery and Home Funerals

Home Funeral Movement: A natural extension of the home hospice movement?

Home Funerals: What Makes a “Home Funeral?”

Planning a Home Funeral? What You Need to Know to Plan a Family-Directed Home Funeral

Bringing Out the Dead, At Home

Inside a Home Funeral

Home Funerals Grow As Americans Skip The Mortician For Do-It-Yourself After-Death Care 

For In-Home Funerals, a 21st-Century Revival

A Family Undertaking: Caring for our dead

Home Burials Offer an Intimate Alternative

An Alternative for Families

Natural Burials, Home Funerals Gaining Popularity

A Full Measure of Devotion: Do-It-Yourself home burials might be the next big trend

My Stillborn Child’s Life After Death

More Families Bringing Funerals Home

Surprising Satisfaction of a Home Funeral

A Serious Undertaking 

Simple Funerals in the Home Make a Comeback

Home Deathcare Resources:

Home Funerals 101 (2014), by National Home Funeral Alliance

Essentials for Practicing Home Funeral Guides (2015), by National Home Funeral Alliance

Home Funeral Planning Workbook for Families (2015), by National Home Funeral Alliance

Checklist for Planning a Home Funeral (2008), by Donna Belk and Sandy Booth

Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death (2011), by Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson

Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial (2008), by Mark Harris

Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life (2003), by Megory Anderson

Undertaken With Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Communities (free PDF download at

Home Funeral Resource Guidebook, by Beth Knox (free PDF download at

Home Funeral Guides: Illuminating the Path, by Merilynne Rush (serialized subscription eBook at

Home Deathcare Documentaries:

A Family Undertaking (Film, 2004)

CBC Radio “Day 6”: Death midwives help families cope with end-of-life care (Audio, 2015)

CBC Radio “Ideas”: Death Becomes Us – Part 1 (Audio, 2014)

CBC Radio “Ideas”: Death Becomes Us – Part 2 (Audio, 2014)

CBC Radio “Ideas”: Death Becomes Us – Part 3 (Audio, 2015)

Directory of Home Funeral Guides in the US and Canada:

Find a Home Funeral Guide

Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives

Funeral Ethics Organization

Funeral Consumers Alliance

Green Burial:

Natural Burial Association

Green Burial Council

Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment? – Smithsonian,  Feb. 1, 2016 

Natural Burial:  A short documentary about natural burials and green funerals featuring Shari Wolf.

Billy Campbell: Saving One Million Acres for Two Thousand Years (conservation burial in a nutshell)

Ask a Mortician: Conventional vs. Natural Burial (humorous, short pitch for natural burial)

Ontario Regulations re. after-death care:

After-death legal paperwork – resource sheets for various provinces

Consumer Protection Ontario – info re. our right to arrange a funeral, burial, cremation without hiring professional services

Consumer Information Guide to Funerals, Burials And Cremation Services

What to do when someone dies (Ontario)

City of Hamilton – death registration

Obtaining a Cremation Certificate

Death Certificate – online application

The Board of Funeral Services – For Consumers: Q&A



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