At-home burial can be done in a variety of ways. You don't have to have all the funeral preparations done at home, and you don't have to have the casket and headstone ready beforehand either. In fact, you may even wish to get some professionals involved in the funeral process even if you wish to have some or all of the funeral preparations and the funeral itself at home. Here are three reasons why you may wish to contact a funeral home during this time.
1. Cremation You can be cremated and then buried at home. This is actually one of the easiest ways to be buried at home; your family won't have to worry about preparing your remains for interment, because the crematory will already have done that. And the grave will be much easier to dig. In addition, even if there are pesky local regulations about at-home burial, there probably aren't any against burying cremains, since it's legal to scatter cremains on your own property anyway. And there's an added bonus to being cremated before an at-home burial: if the family doesn't remain long-term at that property, transferring the remains to a new property is much more possible.
2. Buying or renting caskets You can source your casket from the funeral home even if you don't have the remains prepared there. And if you wish to rent a fancy casket for the wake before being buried in a plainer one, you can talk to the funeral home about that too. You may have to have the wake at the funeral home itself in order to use their caskets, so check and see what their policies are.
3. Ask for death midwife contact info If you're planning a totally at-home funeral, you may need the services of a death midwife or end-of-life guide. These professionals may work with funeral homes when families decide to have a funeral that's partly at-home and partly professionally handled. So if you contact a funeral home, they may be able to give you a recommendation for a local death midwife if there are any in the area.
These are three reasons you may wish to contact a funeral home even if you're planning a partially or completely at-home burial. So keep a good funeral home on your contact list even if you're not planning a traditional funeral for yourself or any family members. For more information, contact local professionals like Abriola Parkview Funeral Home.