A home funeral is what used to be called “a funeral,” since all funerals took place in the family home.  Nowadays it means choosing to keep a body at home after death, as opposed to having the body immediately picked up by a funeral home. It is a safe and legal choice for a family to make.

Beyond keeping the body at home, a home funeral can be whatever is comfortable for you and your family.  We’ve seen home funerals that are a family keeping mom at home for several hours in order to sit with her body. We’ve seen home funerals that are elaborate, intimate ceremonies that last three days.  Don’t feel pressure to conform to any idea of a home funeral that isn’t exactly what brings you comfort and feels safe.

This is just one version of a home funeral, but this lovely article or this recent one from Esquire, gives you a sense of what is possible.