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Considering a funeral at home? Start here.

Considering a funeral at home? Start here.

Are you considering a funeral at home? Have you heard of the “home funeral” movement, and want to know if it’s the right choice for you? You’ve come to the right place.

In this article we describe the basics involved in creating a funeral at home. We compare benefits and drawbacks, and offer some basic considerations and further resources to help you decide if a home funeral is right for you. Let’s dive in.

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Tips on doing the deceased’s makeup for a home funeral

DIY Makeup for Home Funeral

If you’re choosing to do a home funeral, you will want to make the deceased look as natural as possible. Here, we detail the basics on how to apply makeup to a dead person, then provide a range of tips doing the deceased’s makeup for a home funeral.

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Can I be planted as a tree when I die?

It’s a question we get all the time… “Can I be planted as a tree when I die?”

You’ve heard about this idea, and you’re intrigued. But will it work for you? Is it easy to do? What are the requirements, the regulations, the holdups, the costs, the prep? How does it work? Do you have to send out your remains – or those of your loved one? Does it only work with cremation? Or can you do full-body burial? What kinds of trees are available? How much actual work is involved?

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Continue reading Can I be planted as a tree when I die?

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Embalming Alternatives That Avoid Formaldehyde

Alternatives to Embalming

Embalming is still a very common and popular option provided by funeral homes and morticians. But the standard embalming practice uses formaldehyde, which has many downsides and we think it’s on the way out. Here we take a look at embalming alternatives that avoid formaldehyde. Continue reading Embalming Alternatives That Avoid Formaldehyde

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Biodegradable Cremation Urns for Water Burial

Eco-friendly cremation urns

Environmental concerns are consistently growing in importance to families making their final arrangements. According to one survey by AARP,

Slightly over one-fifth of respondents (21%) report that they would be interested in a burial that is more environmentally friendly than a traditional burial with embalming.

This is where biodegradable cremation urns can be of great value. Continue reading Biodegradable Cremation Urns for Water Burial

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Mailbag: What type of urn to use, and do we keep or bury it?

Burial of cremation urn

My mother’s ashes are being buried in a cemetery plot in Michigan. The ashes are now in a temporary cardboard box. What type of urn would we use and do we keep it or bury it? (The grave will be opened with a 2 foot deep hole.) Thanks!

 

– Question via email

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Get Buried, Grow ‘Shrooms: A New Green Burial Option

Mushroom Death Suit

It’s been called the Mushroom Death Suit. That may have scared off the fainthearted, so the name has been updated to the Infinity Burial Suit. In any case, the result is the same: A new green burial option that aids in the body’s natural decomposition by way of mushrooms. Continue reading Get Buried, Grow ‘Shrooms: A New Green Burial Option