While some families entrust all of these arrangements to paid professionals, or choose to forgo everything except for a simple cremation, many families find ourselves looking for more affordable, meaningful and authentic ways of memorializing and caring for our dead ourselves, in our own homes, in our places of worship, and in our communities, including more eco-friendly practices.
This website is for anyone wishing to explore the continuum of death care options, including home funerals, home burial, green burial, or simply purchasing only the products and services really wanted and needed.
Our goal is to empower individuals, families, friends, communities, and professionals to make decisions about death care, final disposition, and funerals based on knowledge, not simply by default.
For many, that will mean learning how to conduct what’s called a home funeral; for others, it will mean searching for a funeral director who will honor their unique ideas; for still others it will mean advocating for change in your local cemetery, hospital, and government laws and policies.
If you are one of those looking for answers, this site is designed to walk you through the practical “How Tos” of whichever aspects of after-death care you want to handle, including how to get what you want from any professionals you hire.
You’ll find quick links to get assistance, a glossary of terms, and informative stories of how others have cared for their dead (coming soon).
Because so many helping professionals are unfamiliar with family- and community-directed care for the dead, we’ve included professional education materials and resources for use in community education.
It is our hope that the resources of this website equip you, and more families and community advocates, to dismantle the barriers to meaningful and respectful family-led care for the dead.
Arizona Funeral Resources
Arizona Funeral Resources and Education is a noncommercial public-interest site dedicated to helping Arizona consumers care for their own dead with or without the assistance of a funeral director. All rights reserved © FuneralPartnership.org
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