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Community Death Care
“Nowadays we’re persuaded that it’s the presence of the body, not it’s absence that is most distressing, but in my experience…people are far more likely to regret not having seen the body than they are to wish they hadn’t.” -Kate Braestrup, in Grief to a Five-year-old.
Learn how to care for your person in the privacy and comfort of your own home or space.
Community death care / “home funerals” are a reclamation in trusting that we can care for our own, if doing so feels meaningful and manageable.
Life-Cycle Celebrants® Specializing in Funerals
Life-Cycle Celebrants are unique officiants in that they are specially trained to craft personalized funeral, memorial, celebration-of-life, and living funeral ceremonies.
They are storytellers that ensure services are an authentic testament to who a person truly was, through intimate and thorough information gathering from the dying, and/or their survivors (or just survivors, after a death.)
Many funeral services are of the “cookie-cutter” insert-name-here variety. Life-Cycle Celebrants strive to tell the departing (or departed’s) story with candor.
End-of-Life / Death Doulas
End-of-Life/Death Doulas provide holistic support to the dying, and their circle, as an added layer to hospice care.
Offerings include caregiving, respite, advocacy, legacy projects, vigil planning, care calendar coordination, grief support, and more.
This emotional, physical, and spiritual support can be offered in-home and/or in a hospice or facility setting.
“How we die, and how we care for dying people and how we carry the dead: Taken all together, this work makes our village life or breaks it.” -Stephen Jenkinson, Die Wise
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