I like the idea of caring for the body of my loved ones from the time of death until burial. I think it would help me to understand that death is final. I can imagine going to the room where my loved one is lying in the still of the night. I can imagine sitting with my dear one. And I think I would begin to realize that although the body is present, that he is no longer “home”. I like the idea of washing, dressing, wrapping my loved one in a soft –lined casket in the familiarity of our own home. And I like the idea of driving my loved one to the cemetery or the crematorium myself or ourselves.
But… What does a family member need to know in order to care for the body at home, organize and carry out a Home Funeral? Do they need permission before transporting a dead body? As a professional in Hospice and Palliative Care, what do I need to know? How can I best support the family?
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