2019 Webinar Now Available for All
Amy Wright Glenn is a birth doula, yoga instructor, chaplain, and the author of the book “Holding Space: On Loving, Dying and Letting Go.” The NHFA was delighted to host the webinar “Companioning Skills for Home Funeral Guides” on August 21, 2019 with Amy. And we are happy to announce that this webinar is now available to the general public!
Earlier this month, board member Shelby McBride had a conversation with members Willow Kelly & Rev. Kate Adamson about their newly formed Community Care Group in Central Virginia.
In honor of National Mentoring Month, we asked one of the founders of the home funeral movement to share a story about her mentor. Heidi sent us this story about her first home funeral experience with her mentor, Nancy Jewel Poer.
Opal John was born at home, as were all her siblings. The family has a farm in rural Wisconsin, and they proudly live as self-sufficiently as possible. The children were all home-schooled. In her early twenties, reflecting on home births, Opal wondered if home funerals were also possible. She had never heard of it, but she knew how to start researching her question.
There was a time. a long stretch of time - in American history, where the home funeral was the de facto choice for death care. Of course we would hold a wake and a funeral in our parlor - where else are we going to do it? But that changed. As it so often does in America, Capitalism won out and enterprising folks figured out how to turn a funeral into a profit-generating business.