- 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.
Is the NHFA on 'Pause'?
Yes, the NHFA announced in Sep. 2021 that they are taking a 'pause' in day-to-day functions. This does not impact the proficiency badge. You can still earn your your NHFA Proficiency Badge.
Does the course happen on specific dates?
No. The course is launching October 2021 and our first cohort might work at the same pace, but you can sign up at any time. You can begin when you are ready and finish when you complete all of the assignments.
Will you host office hours every week?
We will host office hours for the first ten weeks of the course. After that we will organize them as needed.