SHELBURNE — For thousands of years, families have taken care of their loved ones at home after death. It is a choice that is still possible.
On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., the Shelburne Grange will sponsor a program on Green Burial, called “Peaceful Passage at Home: Caring for our Own after Death.” The program will be presented by Peg Lorenz, a home funeral guide for 12 years and the founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. Lorenz has 20 years of experience with hospice care and has been on the board of directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance.
Some facts the public may not be aware of, according to Lorenz, are that:
embalming is not required.
the deceased can be kept at home (two to three days is usual).
a family can fill out and file the death certificate.
a family can transport the deceased.
A traditional home wake is a family-centered response to death. It is different from a conventional funeral by its emphasis on the family maintaining control and decision-making in the days after a death. Home wakes allow time to honor your loved one and to grieve in the privacy of your own home. It can also be more affordable and respectful to the environment.
This program will give attendees the legal facts, the logistical details and a description of the personal benefits that come with this profound moment in a family’s life.
There will be time for discussion and questions and answers. Some excerpts from the movie, “A Family Undertaking,” which
follows the story of four families who chose home funerals, will be shown.
The talk takes place at the Shelburne Grange on Little Mohawk Road. For more information about Lorenz, go online to: