- History of funeral/body care in US (how we got to where we are)
- What is a Home Funeral Guide?
- Limits to the role/what you can be paid for
- Law vs. common practice
- Designating a funeral representative
- Next of kin
- Review DPOA limitations
- State-by-state overview, resources
- Release of body
- Working well with others/making allies, forming positive relationships, community connections
- Understanding industry perspective
III. Benefits of caring for the body of your loved one
- Photo essay
- Personal testimonials/stories
- Who will be involved
- Where to get supplies
- Supplies list/usage
- Dry ice
- To-do list
- Flexibility, boundaries, expectations, vigilance
- Blended funeral approach
V. Body care
- Essential elements of caring for the body
- What to do immediately when death occurs
- Laying out
- Cultural/spiritual/religious humility
- Experiential wisdom
- Implicit bias/understanding yourself
- What is a funeral exactly?
- Types of ritual and ceremony
- Mourning as a community
VII. Anatomical donation and home funeral
- Organ donation
- Tissue donation
- Whole body donation
VIII. Special circumstances
- Use caution
- Home Funeral may not be possible
- Home Funeral is not possible
IX. Case studies & Practice issues
- How to talk about money
- Set up payment
- Review what you can be paid for, how to do invoice
- How will people find you?
- Will you be on-call?
- Marketing (website, FB page, directories, etc.)
- Public education/community presentation/getting the word out
- Common questions/fears
- Create a local circle of support
- Create your own forms and lists (supplies, to-do, resources, etc.)
- Visit funeral home
- General price list review and understanding
- Examine your own preferences
- Discuss preferences with someone
- Write up history/example of funeral care in another culture
- What are your own goals/what are you going to do with this knowledge
- What fears do you have/obstacles you perceive
XI. National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA) Proficiency Badge Prep
- What is the Proficiency Badge
- Testing strategies
FreeIntroduction to Home Funerals
How does this course work?
Merilynne Rush will be your mentor, teacher, and guide for twelve weeks. Videos, readings, and exercises are pre-recorded - you can work through them on your own time, at your own pace. Merilynne will answer questions on the discussion boards every day, and once a week she will host a live, optional, office hours on Zoom (every Friday at Noon Eastern). That's where you can chat and build relationships more informally.
What if I can't make the live parts of the class?
That's OK. Office hours are completely optional. We expect you'll make it when you can, but it's not a required part of the class.
Can I get a certificate of completion?
Yes, we'll offer a learning check at the end of the presentation so you can get a certificate of completion.