Throughout most of human history, families and religious communities have cared for their own dead. Its only been since the Civil War that funeral customs changed so dramatically. In fact, many Jewish and Muslim communities have never stopped caring for their own and continue to do so to this day.
Home funeral vigils are an increasingly popular option for families – especially for those who are able to die at home on hospice.
Some of the benefits of a home funeral vigil:
- Home funerals create the spirit of community as family and friends gather together for support, grieving and life celebration.
- A vigil lasts as long as the family wishes – from a few hours up to three days.
- Freedom of spiritual expression is available in a home funeral vigil providing the space and time to create exactly what those left behind, really need.
- Home funeral vigils are much more cost-effective than conventional funeral options, and can be shaped to fit a family’s lifestyle and budget.
- Home funeral vigils use dry ice and refrigeration to preserve the body, instead of embalming. Families can choose cremation, green or conventional burial for the final disposition. The opportunity to not embalm goes hand in hand with green burials, making home funeral vigils a natural and sustainable death practice.
Once the Home Funeral Vigil is completed and a death certificate has been filed, burial or cremation may take place.
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