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Comin’ for to carry me home

Posted on Tuesday 31st March 2009 by Louise Carron Harris

When I first set up Sentiment 3 years ago one of the first things I did was write my funeral plan. 3 years have since flown by, so last night I settled down to see what has changed… Surprisingly nothing drastic – other than the amount of input a funeral director has. In my original plan I had requested that the family call in the local FD and have them do everything – but not use their hearse because I want a bus!

Recently I decided that I didn’t really want the local FD to take over my funeral because I have come to believe it’s really important to have everyone involved (if they so wish). I added to the plan some information and advise so my family can carry out most of their own arrangements from transporting my body , washing it down right through holding ‘viewing’ at our home.

Today’s blog from the Good Funeral Guide coincides with what I had written… and I’d like to stand up and give Charles a round of a applause for making it sound logical!

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There are 3 responses to “Comin’ for to carry me home”

  1. Wednesday 1st April 2009 at 8:57 am
    Charles Cowling says:

    Great minds, Louise!

    It’s a shame that no one in the UK has yet written a really good guide to home funerals which enables people to decide for themselves how far they want to go, having in mind difficulties and risks. For the time being, I’d strongly recommend the Resource Guide (a home funeral manual) from crossings.net. Find it here:http://crossings.net/resources.html

    It ain’t easy, not necessarily, but I think that the longer one spends meditating this biz of death and funerals, the more inclined one becomes to ‘keep it in the family’.

    I very much hope that the newly reinvigorated Natural Death Centre will address this bigtime.

  2. Monday 1st February 2010 at 1:26 am
    Holly Stevens says:

    FYI, another guide to home funerals (albeit another U.S. one) is Undertaken With Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Communities, which can be downloaded for free at the website. It’s unique in that it is designed as a small group study guide to the subject and can work for both religious and secular audiences. It assumes no familiarity with the home funeral movement but gives the group, over the course of five or six gatherings, all the basic information and tools they need to begin supporting home funerals in the community. The guide is the creation of a completely volunteer cadre of home funeral advocates across the U.S.

  3. Monday 1st February 2010 at 1:27 am
    Holly Stevens says:

    Oops, I left off the website URL for Undertaken With Love. I’ll give you one guess. Yep, it is: http://www.undertakenwithlove.org

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