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Home Funeral Guides: Illuminating the Path (A 20-chapter “book” sent by email)
More about the eBook here
After Death Home Care Video
This 18-minute video is an excellent introduction to Home Funeral and Green Burial for family members and friends and for presentations. It contains interviews with a family who had a green burial, a green cemetery manager and a funeral director. (With thanks to Pat McLaughlin.)
Full Moon Funeral Essay, $3
By Merilynne Rush about the first home funeral I attended and my transition from being a home birth midwife to a home funeral guide.
Still Life with Baby Essay, $3
By Elizabeth Heineman about how she said hello and goodbye to her stillborn son by bringing his body home.
On End-of-Life Doula Training, Nov. 16, 2016
U.S. News and World Report, on Green Burial, March 4, 2016
Detroit Free Press article about home funeral, January 11, 2015
Article by granddaughter about home funeral, November, 2014
New York Times; very moving story about building your own coffin
HOUR Detroit article about Ann Arbor Death Cafe, October 2013.
Full Moon Funeral, an essay by Merilynne Rush about one family’s home funeral, Ann Arbor Observer, March 2013.
Article about a workshop I presented in Montana. A group is forming in Helena to educate families about how to care for their own dead.
A Final Cocoon, NY Times Nov. 10, 2010
Death Can Be a Moment That Connects Us, Even as it Parts Us, by Anne O’Connor Minnesota Public Radio News
Website and Resources
Ann Arbor Green Burial Network Facebook page
Green Burial Council
Threshold Care Circle (They have an excellent planning booklet and step-by-step guide to caring for the body)
Seven Ponds website for resources for end-of-life, including home funeral
A Sacred Moment
Undertaken with Love
Caring Connections, for information about state specific Advance Directives
Peaceful Crossings An enlightened and proactive alternative to conventional funeral planning
Natural Transitions Magazine: Sharing Conscientious, holistic approaches to end of life
Funeral Consumers Alliance
Kincaraco Green Burial Shrouds
Penn Forest Cemetery in PA
New York Times article about creating a digital Ethical Will
Radio and TV Shows
28-minute video about green burial
Michigan Radio with Merilynne about Green Burial
Michigan Radio with Merilynne about Death Cafe
NPR with Ellen Goodman and Lee Webster on advance planning
WWJ Detroit radio interview with Roberta Jasina about Home Funeral. Seven-minutes long.
Excellent radio interview with two Buddhist women with cancer, intended to be about what it is like to be dying but instead its about how to live. Very inspiring.
TV Interview with Merilynne Rush about Green Burial
The Coffinmaker, short video about the benefits of making a coffin for your loved one.
Also available at some libraries is the following PBS special about caring for your own dead: