56 episodes

What is a home funeral? How can I have a green burial? Do I have to hire a Funeral Director? On this podcast we’ll be focusing on reclaiming our innate right to care for our own loved ones at death in natural, and often, environmentally friendly ways. We’ll demystify the tasks related to after death care through hearing stories from people who have ventured into culturally unfamiliar territory and cared for their own deceased loved ones at home, chose a natural burial or both. Hearing what’s possible and how lives have been transformed by engaging in this final act of love is one path towards changing our culture and our relationship to death. A Path Home is a production of the National Home Funeral Alliance.

A Path Home National Home Funeral Alliance

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

What is a home funeral? How can I have a green burial? Do I have to hire a Funeral Director? On this podcast we’ll be focusing on reclaiming our innate right to care for our own loved ones at death in natural, and often, environmentally friendly ways. We’ll demystify the tasks related to after death care through hearing stories from people who have ventured into culturally unfamiliar territory and cared for their own deceased loved ones at home, chose a natural burial or both. Hearing what’s possible and how lives have been transformed by engaging in this final act of love is one path towards changing our culture and our relationship to death. A Path Home is a production of the National Home Funeral Alliance.

    Bound by the Ropes of Love

    Bound by the Ropes of Love

    In early December, 2021, Adrienne Parker discovered that her oldest child, Brandyn, had died in his car.  Brandyn's life had been caught in a cycle of mental illness and incarceration, resulting in his being homeless and living in his car.  His body needed to be examined by the coroner before Adrienne, with the help of her friend, Rebecca, had him brought back home to be cared for there by his loving family.
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    • 41 min
    Arizona Community Death Care

    Arizona Community Death Care

    Today we hear from two members of the Arizona Community Death Care collective, Dani LaVoire and Jade Sherer. This is another episode that will be of interest to those listeners who are either already engaged in or just beginning to form community groups. If you have any questions for the AZ collective you can reach out to them here: https://www.azcommunitydeathcare.org/mission
    The website for White Eagle Memorial Preserve is here:
    https://www.naturalburialground.org/
    And to learn more about Jade's offerings check out these beautiful pages:
    https://www.itsournature.net/
    https://www.patreon.com/jadesherer
    http://insig.ht/jadesherer




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    • 43 min
    Crossroads Community DeathCare

    Crossroads Community DeathCare

    Sarah is joined by Angela and Michael Franklin, founders of Crossroads Community DeathCare, for an in-depth conversation on how engaging in community led death care has the potential to shift the culture around dying and death.
    To find out more about what they offer, find them on Facebook:
    https://m.facebook.com/crossroadsdeathcare 
    and Instagram:
    https://instagram.com/crossroads_deathcare
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    • 50 min
    Healing Through Participation

    Healing Through Participation

    Tim Johnson shares the story of choosing to care for his dad at home, and his journey getting there through the stories of two other significant deaths in the family. 
    To see Debbie Wagner's art work click here: http://www.debbiewagnerart.com/
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    • 36 min
    Bringing A Homeless Son Home

    Bringing A Homeless Son Home

    On this episode Sarah has a conversation with three members of a community led death care group in Canada. They share the touching story of bringing Gypsy's son, Andrew, home to the island to care for his body and lay him to rest in a natural burial.
    Here is the link to the article: https://news.yahoo.com/grassy-green-future-composting-human-095323526.html
    And the Community-Led Death Care group:
    https://communityleddeathcare.ca/
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    • 38 min
    Lola in the Garden

    Lola in the Garden

    Sarah has a conversation with North Carolina based singer songwriter Laurelyn Dossett who shares the story of the burial she and her brothers provided for their mother in a hand crafted wooden box in Laurelyn’s garden.
    Here's the link to her piece,  A Family Project, in The Bitter Southerner:
    https://bittersoutherner.com/feature/2022/a-family-project
    Find out more about Laurelyn and her music here:
    https://www.laurelyndossett.com/ 


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

squarehand ,

Wonderful Stories

Such real people. Such real experiences. I can't get enough of this podcast and the light that it shines on alternative ways of "doing death." Proof for all of us that this movement is really happening. Pull up a chair and let yourself get lost in the beauty and the possibility.

rememberingwildness ,

Such a wonderful podcast

Sarah does a great job. The audio is clear and the stories are amazing. I love the theme song and have benefited from learning about so many different experiences surrounding home funerals.

jesfpw ,

Compelling content

Information that is presented in such a compassionate heartfelt manner, deserves a broader audience. Important information about the possibility of transformative change to how we die.

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