ceremony: observance, reverent rite
It is commonplace in our culture to hold home based celebrations when it comes to birth and marriage. Crossing Threshold helps families create sacred ceremonies around death and dying. A funeral offers ritual for acknowledging a life changing event for family and friends. A family-directed funeral is designated by loved ones to uniquely honor the one who has transitioned in the intimate setting of the home. Some suggestions to consider are:
Arranging for "Final Farewells" or a Living "Celebration of Life"
Creating Sacred Space and Altars
Spiritual/Emotional Support - which may include guided meditations, sacred singing & music, closing the chakras, anointing, prayer and blessing the body
Why Have a Home Funeral?
Places Family in Charge
Allows More Time for Visiting & Ceremony
Creates the Spirit of Community
Honors a Rite of Passage
Promotes Healing & Closure
Home Funerals are Healing & Honoring
Home funerals are a beautiful, ceremonial and healing way to say goodbye. They are led by the family or community. Many belief systems maintain there is a period of transition lasting about three days after one exhales their final breath in this world.
As the body is lain in honor, loved ones participate in the sacred act of washing, dressing/shrouding, and anointing with oils as preparation for the transitional vigil or wake.
In this familial environment, children often want to join in activities and rituals such as decorating the simple cremation box. Children learn that death is a natural part of the life cycle.
HOME FUNERALS ARE FAMILY LED
A Home Funeral offers an intimate opportunity. Families engage in ceremonies that honor their loved ones in the comfort of their own home. The home funeral is a rite of passage that allows for visiting, viewing, ceremony and closure.
You can do this with or without the support of a Death Midwife or Home Funeral Guide. Please visit the National Home Funeral Association for resources (such as Body Care).
For more information or to discuss if a Home Funeral Guide is the right option for you or your loved one please contact Jennifer at Crossing Threshold.