40 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

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 21 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.

    Accompanying Kelly

    Accompanying Kelly

    Diana Lindsay and her friend, home funeral guide Lucinda Herring, share the story of Kelly Lindsay's dying process and the family who gathered to accompany him on his final journey with brain cancer. Here are the links to Healing Circles, the support organization founded by Diana and Kelly: https://healingcircleslangley.org/ and https://healingcirclesglobal.org/#top
    I mention in the introduction just a few of the things Healing Circles offers, but there is SO much more. It is really worth taking a look!
    If you're interested in reading Diana and Kelly's book on caregiving and grappling with cancer or any other life-limiting illness you can find it on Amazon. Amazon Smiles will donate to the National Home Funeral Alliance if you select it when ordering.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Something-More-Than-Hope-Everything/dp/099124270X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=something+more+than+hope+diana&qid=1623966311&s=books&sr=1-1
    Support the show (https://www.homefuneralalliance.org/donate.html)

    • 56 min
    Home Funeral Basics with Lauren Carroll

    Home Funeral Basics with Lauren Carroll

    Lauren Carroll is a funeral director based in Colorado Springs. After finding out about home-based, family-centered after death care, Lauren devoted her practice to helping families create home funerals. On this episode we discuss everything from filing a death certificate to rigor mortis and body care. She is a co-founder of Deathwives, a non-profit death education and advocacy collective. Find out about the courses they offer here: https://deathwives.org/
    Support the show (https://www.homefuneralalliance.org/donate.html)

    • 49 min
    Wrestling with Death

    Wrestling with Death

    Aubrey Brinneman and her friend, home funeral guide Lauren Richwine recall the dying, death, home funeral and natural burial of Aubrey's husband, Tyler. Ty faced his diagnosis with a rare, aggressive cancer by being actively involved in preparing his young family for what was to come. If you are in Indiana and would like some support or have questions regarding holding a home funeral or natural burial, you can contact Lauren through her website: http://deathdonedifferently.com/
    The shroud the couple ordered for Ty's natural burial came from Kinkaraco, Green Funeral Products.  https://kinkaraco.com/
    Support the show (https://www.homefuneralalliance.org/donate.html)

    • 48 min
    High School Sweetheart

    High School Sweetheart

    In this episode Ray Mulvey and his daughter Laurie describe the home funeral they arranged for Ray's wife of 58 years, Judy. Ray lives in New Jersey, one of the states that requires hiring a funeral director to oversee certain aspects of the funeral. Laurie is a resident of Pennsylvania and a member of her local chapter of the Funeral Consumers Alliance. To learn more about this important organization see their website here:  https://funerals.org/
    The movie Laurie mentions watching is the 2003 PBS documentary called, A Family Undertaking.  It is available to order on DVD from Netflix.
    Support the show (https://www.homefuneralalliance.org/donate.html)

    • 51 min
    Beautiful Billy

    Beautiful Billy

    Gabrielle Walters shares the arduous journey she made alongside her husband, Billy, when he was struck with a devastating illness at the end of May 2020. Determined that he would not die in the hospital, Gabrielle brought him home on the day of their 30th wedding anniversary. Back at home, with his children and grandchildren present, Billy died the next day. Following her heart and with a little bit of knowledge about after-death care, Gabrielle tended to his body at home where he spent two nights before being cremated.
    Support the show (https://www.homefuneralalliance.org/donate.html)

    • 50 min
    Community Death Education

    Community Death Education

    This episode offers ideas for people interested in raising the awareness of alternative death care practices in their communities, as well as helpful things to consider when planning a home funeral. Rebecca Senoglu, chaplain and longtime member of the NHFA, shares her path working to raise the awareness of family centered after-death care through meetings with the hospital, forming relationships with locally owned funeral homes and creating public programs in Chico, California.  She also shares the details of a home funeral for a beloved member of her community. To listen to archived episodes of Rebecca's radio program go here: https://soundcloud.com/rebecca-senoglu
    or here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Wheel-Mysteries-547640429035576
    To learn more about hosting a Death Cafe: https://deathcafe.com/
    Support the show (https://www.homefuneralalliance.org/donate.html)

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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.

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.

djlavoire ,

So good!!

This podcast is a perfect salve for a death phobic culture. Sharing episodes with loved ones is a great conversation starter for folks who want to explore this topic with their family and friends.

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