Reimagining Death: Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials

Reimagining Death: Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials


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Honor your loved ones and the earth by choosing practical, spiritual, and eco-friendly after-death care

Natural, legal, and innovative after-death care options are transforming the paradigm of the existing funeral industry, helping families and communities recover their instinctive capacity to care for a loved one after death and do so in creative and healing ways. Reimagining Death offers stories and guidance for home funeral vigils, advance after-death care directives, green burials, and conscious dying. When we bring art and beauty, meaningful ritual, and joy to ease our loss and sorrow, we are greening the gateway of death and returning home to ourselves, to the wisdom of our bodies, and to the earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623172923
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 800,565
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LUCINDA HERRING has worked at the cutting edge of the green funeral movement for more than twenty years, beginning with others in the 1990s to quietly care for loved ones after death. Today she is one of the leading voices for more healing and ecological ways to care for our dead. Herring is a home funeral/green disposition consultant and guide, an interfaith minister, and a licensed funeral director in the state of Washington. She speaks regularly about her work, and through her company Limina LLC—Thresholds Consulting and Ministry, she offers Advance After-Death Care planning, home funeral/green disposition education and trainings, and celebrant/ministerial services for families and communities who are reclaiming their innate right to care for each other and the earth at the end of life.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Foreword David Spangler xv

Prologue: The Calling 1

Practical Wisdom: Home Funerals Lost and Found 10

Chapter 1 Return to the Mother 17

Practical Wisdom: Discerning if a Home Funeral Vigil Is Right for You 48

Chapter 2 Greening the Gateway of Death 51

Practical Wisdom: Choosing a Home Funeral: What You Need to Know 73

Chapter 3 Partnering with Nature When We Die 81

Practical Wisdom: Co-Creating with Nature: An Exploration 96

Chapter 4 "Bury Me Naturally": Stones and Guidance for Green Burials 105

Practical Wisdom: Natural and Unnatural Burial Practices 123

Chapter 5 "You're Dead. Now What?" Humor and Laughter at the Threshold 133

Practical Wisdom: Helpful Field Notes 142

Chapter 6 Sacred Care of the Dead 147

Practical Wisdom: Discovering Your Own Way 157

Chapter 7 When We Die in the Hospital: Field Notes for Finding Our Way Home 169

Practical Wisdom: Navigating Hospital Policies 173

Chapter 8 Conscious Dying: A Death with Dignity 181

Practical Wisdom: Making the Choice: What You Need to Know 197

Chapter 9 Reimagmmg the Future in Ecological After-Death Care 201

Practical Wisdom: The Environmental Cost of Cremation 210

Chapter 10 Be Prepared: Creating a Plan with Family and Friends 221

Practical Wisdom: Advance After-Death Care Directives 227

Epilogue 235

Resources 241

Appendix A The Three Stages of Death's Threshold 255

Appendix B Being a Home Funeral Vigil Case Manager 259

Index 261

Acknowledgments 267

About the Author 271

Contributors 271

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