Podcast 48: My Experience with End of Life and Death: Home Funerals, Green Burials and Cremation


Death is stressful for both the dying and their family. However, with proper planning and preparation, a beautiful ceremony can be created to remember your loved one with less stress. Amy Cunningham, Funeral Director, Fitting Tribute Funeral Services helped plan and execute a beautiful home funeral for Risa’s mother. With emotions running high, it was extremely helpful to have Amy’s support and guidance in making thoughtful decisions regarding the death, funeral, and supplies. In this episode, Risa shares her experience working with Amy to create a beautiful death and home funeral for her mother. She chose to have a home funeral, but conventional funerals are also an option. If you are stressed about how to create a meaningful end of life ceremony or funeral for your loved one, listen in to learn about the different options available.

What’s in this episode?

2:05 A home death

4:27 Having a funeral at home

5:55 Difference experience with funeral directors

9:34 the old fashioned way of dealing with death and funerals

13:23 Embalming and how it can help

15:20 Feeling prepared

16:45 The planning process

18:15 How can families prepare

10:15 Supplies to consider

20:45 Direct cremation

24:30 Requirement of a Licensed funeral director 

26:04 Transportation of the deceased

29:37 Green burials

33:29 Burial versus Cremation

37:33 Disagreement in the family

38:10 Where to get more information

39:48 Closure and grief

What you will learn:

  • What is a home death
  • What if a home funeral and how is it carried out
  • What is a funeral home and how are funeral directors involved 
  • What is embalming and how can it help
  • How families can prepare for death of a loved one 
  • What is the difference between direction cremation and a burial
  • How to deal with disagreement in the family about arrangements 
  • Where to get more information and resources 


National Home Funeral Alliance: https://www.homefuneralalliance.org/

Green Burial Council: https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/

Funeral Consumers Alliance: https://funerals.org/


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