Sacred Crossings upholds that at the moment of death and during the immediate days following there is a window of opportunity for profound healing and transformation. If the body is taken away too soon, a family can be left feeling helpless, lost and longing for a little more time. When a family is invited to participate in the after-death care of the body they are able to ease into their grief and begin to gently integrate the loss into their new lives.
WHAT IS A HOME FUNERAL?
“A home funeral is a family-centered response to death that involves family and friends caring for the body between the time of death and burial or cremation, using natural products and non-invasive procedures.” – National Home Funeral Alliance
WHAT IS A HOME VIGIL?
A home vigil is a period of 1 to 3-days while the body lays ‘in honor’ on dry-ice and family and friends visit to pay their respects. The vigil concludes with a funeral service before the body is taken to the crematory or cemetery.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you decide that a home vigil and funeral is the right choice for your family, Sacred Crossing Guides will: support you in bathing, dressing and shrouding the body; loan all necessary equipment and supplies; deliver either a cardboard cremation container or pine box to the home for decoration and oversee dry-ice preservation during the vigil. Our guides are available by phone 24/7 for guidance and support during your home funeral.
If requested, a Sacred Crossings Funeral Celebrant can assist you in planning and officiating the funeral service either in the home at the conclusion of the vigil, or at a venue of your choice.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A HOME FUNERAL?
- During a home funeral the family remains in charge
- A Home Funeral allows more time. A family can take as much time as they need to personally care for their loved one and honor religious or cultural beliefs and traditions.
- A home funeral fosters the spirit of community as friends and neighbors gather to support the family in their home.
- The body can be viewed without being embalmed.
- Children’s fears are allayed when invited to participate in the rites and rituals of caring for the dead.
- The cost of a home funeral is considerably less than a conventional funeral. No embalming fee, no refrigeration, no funeral parlor or chapel rental
This slide show illustrates the components of a home vigil and funeral: