With each passing year more people choose to reconnect with this sacred tradition and welcome the funeral back into the intimacy of the home, in Massachusetts it’s legal to care for your own dead. Below are some great resources on home funerals.

                                                                                             

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Planning Guide and Workbook for Home Funeral Families

This home funeral-specific, all-in-one planning guide and workbook ensures that your family will have all the information needed to follow through with your final wishes for a home funeral or vigil. Task lists give everyone something to do and direction on how to do it. Leave a meaningful legacy of trust by writing it all down - and then have the conversation with friends and loved ones.

Click on any of the publications below to download your free PDF about the Funeral Rule

Published by the Federal Trade Commission

Undertaken With Love

In most of the US, a family may care for its own dead until burial or cremation without involving licensed funeral professionals. It requires a willingness to be something of a pioneer in today’s hands-off society, but those who have chosen to reclaim this historical tradition confirm that the process is enormously healing and meaningful. While a motivated family can acquire the legal knowledge and practical skills to arrange a home or family-directed funeral, the process is eased considerablly when a group assists. Undertaken With Love was created to help families and community care groups learn ways to continue caring for their loved ones all the way to the cemetery or crematory. This manual will teach you -how to research state laws and identify your legal rights and responsibilities, -how to handle, bathe and transport the body, and -how to create and sustain an effective community care group.

Click to download your FREE copy of your finial wishes. pdf  Table of Contents - Personal  Information, Legal Information, Important contacts, Family, Medical Information,  Family History, Brothers, Sisters , Children, Financial Information, Accountant,  Income Tax Records,  Banking, Insurance,  Final Wishes, Obituary and  Pet Care .

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency and they want you to know that when you are arranging a funeral, you have the right to buy goods and services separately and outside the funeral home; don't buy package deals without an itemized price for each of the items included. The funeral home is required by law to give you a General Price List (GPL) to keep before you start discussing the type of casket, urn or services you want.


Did you know that in Massachusetts you have the right to take care of your own dead click for more information.  Another great resource is The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts    or if you have any questions feel free to call me, Lenny daily at 413-386-4946.

Final Rights - Reclaiming the American Way of Death

Decades after Jessica Mitford stunned America with vivid accounts of corruption and abuse in the death industry, not much has improved. Families are manipulated into buying expensive goods and services they don't need or want. Prepaid funeral money vanishes into thin air. Body parts are sold on the black market. Eight states force families to pay a funeral director even if they conduct a home funeral with no need for help. But a consumer movement is no awakening, and Americans are asserting their rights over a key part of life, just as they did in the past with the natural childbirth and hospice movements. The two most prominent leaders of that movement are the authors of this book: Joshua Slocum, executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance, and Lisa Carlson, executive director of Funeral Ethics Organization. Here they join forces to expose wrongdoing, inform consumers of their rights, and propose legal reforms. The book includes state-by-state summaries of laws, regulations, services, and consumer concerns.