Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find a home funeral guide who lives in my area, or how can I get training myself?
- Visit the Home Funeral Directory for information about training or home funeral guides in your area.
How do I get started forming a group to support home funerals?
- We have a whole website page devoted to helping you get started with a group.
Do you have additional resources for each chapter in the guide?
- Yes, we have a page listing additional resources for each chapter of Undertaken With Love
Where is your blog?
- This is an external link to the Undertaken With Love BLOG.
Where can I find images of actual home funerals?
- Visit our photo gallery on Flickr.com
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.
- The Funeral Rule is a ruling of the Federal Trade Commission that affects your rights and options as a consumer.
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.