Often, one of the first reactions to a death is to consider who to call and when to call them. The role of the funeral director is typically in the forefront of people’s minds. In reality you have more time than you think.
Traditionally the deceased was kept at home until the family were ready to move them to their final resting place. It would have been an opportunity for family and friends to pay their last respects. Naturally if the death was not natural then one had to be pragmatic.
Today there is growing demand for home funerals whereby the deceased is kept at home in a suitable environment until they are taken to their final resting place (or crematorium).
It seems perfectly logical if not intuitive to provide care for your family member until the final ‘physical farewell’.
What we principally recommend is you talk to an expert. Just call us and we will gladly refer you to one, alternatively use the Good Funeral Guide for independent counsel. Here are few things to help begin understand what to consider.
- Consider and understand, as best you can, the potential difficulties
- Review the worst that could go wrong.
- Make sure you have the contact details (telephone number) of an expert who can and will advise.
- Ensure you have the appropriate space (and cooling equipment).
- If you are keen to learn more then obtain The Natural Death Handbook.