Death comes in its own time and its own way – children die, young people die, folks in middle age and old age die. Whether death comes in an accident or illness, at home or in hospital, how might we want our body to be cared for after our last exhale? What rights do we have regarding our bodies, or for the care we offer loved ones after death?
Exploring these questions in community allows us to reclaim the spiritual and practical truths of the most potent event in human experience. In doing so, we begin to feel more at ease about death.
~ How do I want my body cared for when I die?
~ What are our rights regarding care of our bodies at death?
~ What rights do I have when a loved one dies?
~ Do those who love me know my wishes? Do I know theirs?
~ What goes into planning a home funeral?
~ What resources are available to help navigate this territory?
Knowing our wishes, our rights, and our responsibilities makes a world of difference when a death occurs. Expressing our wishes in advance, and making whatever plans we can, removes the burden of decisions for loved ones dealing with grief, and minimizes stress, confusion, and conflict in difficult time.