If you are a professional in the death and dying field, the following articles can assist you in educating your organization about the legalities of home funerals.
- Home Funerals HPNA – A Hospice Handout, and informational sheet on the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) website about home funerals. Compiled by Susan Oppie, RN
- Presentation to Medical Examiners by Charlene Elderkin, Threshold Care Circle.
Of particular interest are the policies which can used as templates in your own organization.
- Sample Hospital Policy Release Form, a helpful example of currently used policy language that allows hospital staff to release a body directly to the family acting as their own funeral director
- Hospital Body Release Policy FEO-2007, a PDF from the Funeral Ethics Organization newsletter, 2007
Home funerals are safe and legal in all states. Read about the laws, about the nine states with restrictions (and how you can help change that), and what to do if your rights are challenged in the Law section.
If you are a funeral director read an article about specifically helping home funeral families: How Funeral Directors Can Support Home Funeral Families.