Ask A Death Doula

Home Wakes/Home Funerals 101 with Former NHFA President Lee Webster

January 30, 2019

In this episode of "Ask a Death Doula", my guest, the former president of The National Home Funeral Alliance Lee Webster, breaks down Home Wakes/Home Funerals in a way that every individual and End of Life Practitioner can understand! 

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My guest Lee Webster is a career writer, editor and researcher, and frequent speaker and published author on funeral reform, including end-of-life support, home funerals, and natural burials. She is the Director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy, former President of the National Home Funeral Alliance, and has served on the NHPCO End-of-Life Doula Council. She currently serves as a founding member on the Board of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance and with the Conservation Burial Alliance and the Green Burial Council. Along with consulting for end of life, home funeral and green burial causes, her writing has appeared in various mainstream magazines, newspapers, and in funeral trade outlets. She is also a frequent speaker to local and national academic, health, and conservation organizations throughout the country.

 

This interview includes:

  • What is a home wake?
  • What is a home funeral?
  • The benefits of the green burial movement.
  • Is embalming required by law?
  • How education is the key to positive change.
  • The importance of empowering families and communities with holistic, sustainable and family-based tools, skills and information in the care of the dying and the dead.
  • How home wakes have proven to help families to have a much better bereavement process after the death of their loved one.
  • The secret to transforming our culture is by educating and once again bring back relationships with aging, dying and death.
  • What an individual needs to know to have a home wake?
  • What is the role of the End of Life Doula/Death Doula in assisting a family to have a home wake?
  • What are the laws both state and federal regarding homes wakes?

 

Links mentioned in this episode: 

NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy

National Home Funeral Alliance

Funeral Consumers Alliance

National End-of-Life Doula Alliance

 

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