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Tag Archives: Home Funeral
A fan sends me a strong message to please examine the funeral business
As SevenPonds grows, I continue to be deeply touched by fans who reach out to me in a multitude of ways. I receive emails, calls, letters and some even approach me at conferences and events. I cannot begin to tell … Continue reading
The Funeral Consumers Alliance talks about your rights...
Joshua Slocum is the Executive Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA), a nonprofit dedicated to education and advocacy surrounding funeral consumer rights. Coming out next month, his groundbreaking (sorry) book Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death digs deep … Continue reading
The founder of Kinkaraco Green Burial Products talks shrouds
Kinkaraco is a San Francisco based green business, providing elegant biodegradable burial and cremation shrouds, ranging in design from classic to ornate. These shrouds and other green burial products draw from a diverse history of sacred traditions — the company … Continue reading
How My Family Honored My Sister’s Wish to Die at Home
The following is an account of how my family coped with the death of my sister Amy in our own way by having a home funeral.
My sister Amy battled breast cancer for many years. Wanting to aid her in her quest for recovery, I flew to Ireland to secure an alternative cancer treatment for her. Unfortunately, this was to no avail. A few years later, at the age of 43, Amy became so ill it was apparent she had lost her battle and was dying.
Amy was adamant she did not want to die in a hospital, hooked up to equipment; she wanted to die at her home in Seattle. As her health rapidly deteriorated, my sister Victoria flew from New York City to help Amy’s husband Bob care for her. One morning a week later, I got a call from Bob letting me know it was time for our family to come up to Seattle because Amy was very close to passing. My father and I immediately jumped onto a plane and flew up from San Francisco. My mother Arlene and my other sister Leslie booked a flight for the following morning. Continue reading