23 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

    • Alternative Health
    • 5.0, 20 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.

    Nina and Kirsten, Together

    Nina and Kirsten, Together

    On this episode I have a conversation with Marianne Dietzel about the fatal accident that took the lives of her daughter Nina and Nina's best friend, Kirsten. The girls were enjoying their last year of high school at a special place in upstate New York....

    • 43 min
    Creating a Family Cemetery with Michael Judd

    Creating a Family Cemetery with Michael Judd

    On this episode ecological landscape designer Michael Judd describes what it took to establish a cemetery on his family's homestead in rural Maryland, the memory of staying by his father's side throughout his dying process and the meaningful experience...

    • 45 min
    A Home Funeral Guide Navigates Quarantine

    A Home Funeral Guide Navigates Quarantine

    On this episode I have a conversation with Peg Lorenz, a home funeral guide and death educator in Central Massachusetts. Peg has been teaching home funeral practices and supporting families for over 10 years. She is the founding director of Peaceful...

    • 38 min
    Being There for Benjamin

    Being There for Benjamin

    On this episode writer Kelly Notaras recalls the details of caring for her beloved partner and best friend, Benjamin, before and after his death in 2017. The article she wrote about the experience is here:...

    • 35 min
    Family Centered Death Care in Tasmania

    Family Centered Death Care in Tasmania

    On this episode I'm joined by independent home funeral advocate, Bec Lyons, who shares the story of her nan's home funeral and the work she does with families choosing to care for their own in her corner of the world, on the island of...

    • 44 min
    Bury Me Under the Old Oak Tree

    Bury Me Under the Old Oak Tree

    Jamie asked to be buried under an oak tree in the yard of her home. Her partner honored her wish by finding a suitable place between the oak tree and Jamie's beloved lilacs. Today, Elizabeth Fournier, the green funeral director who was called in to...

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 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.

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.

Capricia906 ,

Listen with your family!

As many of us consider ways of engaging our deaths in more meaningful ways, these episodes can serve as a lovely opening conversation about how home funerals play out in the real word. I plan on listening again to some of these episodes with family and friends gathered round—sort of like an old-time radio show.

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