Death Educator & Family-Directed Funeral Guide

Common Questions

  • What does it mean to have a home vigil? 
  • How can I make a funeral more personal?
  • How is a home vigil different from a public memorial service?
  • What are the burial options in terms of price and environmental safety?
  • Will funeral homes work with me to have a home vigil/funeral?
  • If a loved one dies other than at home, can their body be brought home for a vigil?


  • Planning and coaching prior to death, at the time of death, and after death
  • Public speaking on planning for family-directed home vigils
  • Keynote presentations and demonstrations on taking death into our own hands
  • Partnering with individuals, families, and communities to make meaningful and memorable rituals that mark death and other transitions
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