Frequently Asked Questions


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by Ann Manning

How can I find a home funeral guide who lives in my area, or how can I get training myself?

How do I get started forming a group to support home funerals?

Do you have additional resources for each chapter in the guide?

Where is your blog?

Where can I find images of actual home funerals?

What other related books, videos, suppliers and training programs are out there?

  • You will be happy to know that there are many resources available to individuals and families who are looking for information on home funerals. A good place to start looking is on our Resource page. Most search engine requests on ‘home funerals’ yield hundreds of results.

What is a home funeral?

  • There’s more than meets the eye when discussing a home funeral, but here we explain what the different aspects are.

What are my state and local laws affecting home funerals?

  • Visit the Funeral Consumer Alliance for information and contact your state’s chapter or affiliate of this consumer-driven non-profit organization.
  • An unbelievable resource is Lisa Carlson who wrote Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love which contains a state-by-state information about their individual laws. She is available online and you can ask her questions through AllExperts.com. It’s Free!
  • For information on federal laws affecting home funerals see our page on The Funeral Rule of the Federal Trade Commission.
  • To research local ordinances, such as the legality of burying on your own land where not otherwise prohibited by state law, consult the Municode site.

What is the Funeral Rule, and how does it affect home funerals?

  • The Funeral Rule is a ruling of the Federal Trade Commission that affects your rights and options as a consumer.

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Are there situations where a lengthy vigil without embalming might be a problem?

  • There can be uncommon situations where it is beyond the capacity of the family to deal with after-death care for a loved one. In these cases a family can work directly with a funeral director on an as-needed basis. The funeral director can do all of the care, or just a part of the care. For example, in the case of an automobile accident, the family may want to have a funeral home or mortuary service prepare the body and then do a vigil at their home. You can also contact home funeral guides in your area for more information.