Who we are

What we do

The NHFA, an all volunteer 501c3 non-profit, has the mission to educate the public to their choices and provide clear information about all things relating to home funerals.

We empower families to care for their own dead by providing educational opportunities and connections to resources that promote environmentally sound and culturally nurturing death practices. We share information about home funerals, including directories for where to find home funeral guides, home funeral education programs, home-funeral-friendly funeral directors, celebrants and clergy, and groups who will help families when needed.

Transporting the body - here friends and family remove the coffin from the truckWhat is a home funeral?

What is a home funeral? A home funeral happens when a loved one is cared for at home or sacred space after death, giving family and friends time to prepare the body, file legal paperwork, and gather and grieve in private.

Home funerals can be held at the family home or not. Some nursing homes, church committees and funeral homes may allow the family to care for the deceased after death. The emphasis is on minimal, non-invasive, and environmentally friendly care of the body. Support and assistance to carry out after-death care may come from home funeral educators or guides, but their goal is to facilitate maximum involvement of the family in charge of the funeral process, and their social network.

Who are our members?

Our 1000+ members come from 47 states, five provinces, and seven countries.

Of those members who elected to tell us their occupation and interests, approximately:

  • 23.5% are in the Physical Health sector
    (including nurses, doctors, body workers, caregivers or hospice worker
  • 22.5% are in the Spiritual/Mental Health sector
    (including celebrants, ministers, chaplains, therapists, counselors or social workers)
  • 19% are in the Education sector
    (including home funeral guides, public educators, teachers, professors, writers or editors)
  • 26% are in the Business sector
    (including funeral directors, police/EMTs, marketing and pr, attorneys, and other businesses)
  • 6% are in the Volunteer and Nonprofit sector
  • 3% are artists, musicians and filmmakers

NHFA Board of Directors

Get to know the board of the NHFA, a a volunteer group from all over the United States who donate their time, expertise, and love to growing this organization and spreading the home funeral movement.