Home Funerals are a growing trend in North America, as we collectively return to the age-old tradition of caring for our own dead. This process can offer closure to family and loved ones, letting them say goodbye to the physical body of their loved one in an unhurried way that offers space for mourning, rest, quotidian moments, and even moments of levity as everyone integrates this important transition into the story of their lives.
Home Funerals are legal in the province of British Columbia, and may last 1-7 days. Whether an individual dies at home or elsewhere, it is possible to retain the body or have the body transported to the family home for a "Home Funeral," "lying in" or "wake," or whatever memorial process the Family feels is appropriate to honour their loved one. As it is necessary to file certain documents such as a Medical Certificate of Death, and a notice of death with Vital Statistics, as well as obtain paperwork for the transportation of human remains or to arrange for that service through a funeral director, it is often a relief to have a helping hand in making these arrangements. Another consideration is the washing, dressing, and preparing of the body for a Home Funeral; whether done in a ceremonial or simply a mindful way, it is often comforting to have an experienced individual guiding this process. Celebrancy, otherwise known as the creation and facilitation of ceremony based on an individual's or group's particular beliefs, values, and history, can also play a part in making this time a special and meaningful experience for all involved.
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For a DIY guide to holding a Home Funeral, check out CINDEA's resource page, which includes instructional videos on how to care for the body of your loved one, and more.