4 Things to Consider Before Planning a Home Funeral

Written by Ross Quade

In the past, when someone died, it was a given that a family member would contact a funeral home. This funeral home would quickly take away the body, and the family of the deceased would have no part in caring for the body. However, this no longer has to be the case, as many families are choosing a more intimate setting of holding a home funeral. Although home funerals used to be commonplace, with the rise of funeral home directors, the practice died out. That being said, as more and more people are considering this option again, home funerals are once again becoming a common practice. The issue is that not many people know how to go about planning a home funeral, or that it is even an option in the first place. If you are considering holding a home funeral, be sure to check the local laws in your area and keep these four things in mind.

It Does Not Have to Be All or Nothing

It is no longer the case that you have to pay more than $8000 for a funeral home service. The funeral industry realizes that there are families who want to take over some or all of the duties of caring for their deceased loved one. This includes cleansing the body, laying it out, and even moving the body to it resting place. Due to more and more people being interested in completing some of these tasks, funeral homes now often offer an à la carte service, and so don’t require you to purchase a whole package. If thinking about caring for your deceased loved one’s body to its resting place scares you, then you can always hire a funeral home just to transport the body and nothing else.

You Must Contact People Right Away

In the best scenario, the deceased loved one would have left a note that clearly states that they want a home funeral. They would have also assigned a designated agent. This agent would be there to help ensure that the deceased loved one’s wishes are upheld. However, whether or not someone was designated, it is crucial that certain calls be made as soon as a loved one passes away. For instance, if the loved one died in a hospital or hospice, a nurse would have likely already pronounced his or her death. However, if this is not the case, then someone must call a county corner to complete the task. Additionally, The Bureau of Vital Statistics must also be called to report the deceased loved one’s death.

You Must Remove All Signs of Illness

Home funerals are often held for those who passed away in their home. For instance, for someone that was in at-home hospice care. If the deceased loved one died in the home, then it is imperative that you get rid of any signs of illness before you hold the funeral or home viewing. This means cleaning up tables of medicines and removing the hospital bed and oxygen tanks. It is also recommended that you put an air conditioner next to the body to keep it cool.

There is Help If You Need It

There is an immense network of guides and experts that are there for you if you need counsel on how to plan your own home funeral. Keep in mind that it is recommended to prepare ahead of time, and so contacting one of these experts in advance will allow for smooth sailing once the loved one has passed on. However, if the death was unexpected, there are still many places out there that will aid you in creating an intimate home funeral environment.

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Ross Quade has been a licensed insurance agent since 2008. State of Texas license #1702965. He has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from University of Minnesota and minored in Applied Economics. He has been quoted in several online publications including Huffington Post, Young Startups and various financial blogs. Ross frequently writes about issues related to the insurance and finance industry.
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