Resources

At Final Passages we are dedicated to creating and being a part of a strong community of those in and interested in the home funeral and natural burial movements. We hope the resources below will help you to find what you are looking for.  Please click on a link below to jump to the appropriate section:

Home Funeral Guides — The Home Funeral Directory website has a comprehensive list of home funeral guide consultants in the United States and Canada

Legalities of home and family-directed funerals

  • To research the laws regarding home or family-directed funerals in your state, please visit the website of the Funeral Ethics Organization
  • The best printed resource for state by state information is “Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death” by Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson.  The book can be ordered through the the Final Rights website

Funeral organizations and resource sites

Green burial & cremation organizations, councils, websites, and blogs

Green burial cemeteries in the United States

Government links

Video

  • A family undertaking – a film that explores the growing home-funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. Visit PBS Point of View (POV) for schedules and information. Also available on Netflix.
  • Passing Through Our Hands – A documentary style video showing how families can care for their own loved ones when they die at home

Books

  • Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death – by Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson- a book which lists state-by-state laws and requirements for families
  • Undertaken With Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Committees — a guide created by volunteer home funeral advocates that teaches how direct their own final arrangements

Vendors

  • A fine farewell — Handmade burial and cremation shrouds
  • ARK Wood Caskets – Environmentally-friendly pine box kits
  • Ashes to Glass — Custom memorial beads and cremation jewelry
  • Bury Me Naturally – Natural burial products such as wood, basket and cardboard caskets
  • Cremation Products Inc. – Cremation caskets and other cremation products
  • Doug’s Urns – Custom-made burial urns
  • Earthwood Caskets — hand-built green caskets and coffins, Austin, Tx (broken link – check again)
  • Eternal Reefs — Reef balls made from cement and ashes for sea burial
  • Final Footprint – Eco-friendly burial products made from materials such as wood, bamboo, banana leaf, rattan and sea grass
  • Funeria –Artist-made cremation urns in many designs
  • Green Legacy Caskets –Ash caskets, already assembled or custom-made, located in Goshen, IN
  • Griffith Woodworks – Pine caskets, already assembled or custom-made, located in Marblehead, MA
  • In the Light Urns – cremation urns, jewelry and keepsakes
  • Lorie’s Inspirations – Fused glass keepsake art created from cremation ashes
  • Memorial Gallery –Cremation urns, jewelry and keepsakes
  • Kent Caskets — pine box kits; fully biodegradable & sourced from sustainable forests
  • Kinkaraco – biodegradable green burial shrouds
  • Maine Cottage Garden Arts —  pine boxes, located in Strong, ME
  • The Natural Burial Company – Distributor of natural burial products
  • Nature’s Casket – pine boxes created from trees killed by bark beetle infestation
  • Passages International – Environmentally-friendly and green funeral products
  • Shine on Brightly – artist made cremation urns
  • Trappist Caskets – handmade caskets and urns

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