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Funeral Homes Are Out: In-Home Funerals Are In. Here is Why

In times of loss, finding ways to honour and remember our loved ones can be challenging. I remember when a client’s grandmother had passed, the first thing she thought was “what funeral home is going to be available, and how much is it going to cost?” She was worried, but wanted to host a memorial that would make her grandmother proud. When I gave my recommendation, she knew this was the right move. 

You see, there’s a growing trend that brings comfort and intimacy back into these moments: in-home funerals. Hosting a gathering to remember those who have passed, in their home or in your home, can positively change the whole experience. 

It may or may not be for you, but hear me out… 

Here’s why more people are choosing to celebrate life in the familiar and comforting surroundings of home.

A side table with a picture of an elderly woman, an urn, and a hand holding a small bunch of white roses, in-home funeral

The Personal Touch of In-Home Funerals

1. Intimacy: Hosting a funeral or celebration of life at home creates a deeply personal atmosphere. Surrounded by familiar walls and cherished memories, family and friends can grieve and remember in a space that feels safe and comforting.

2. More Closure: The familiarity of home provides a unique sense of closure. Being in the very place where so many memories were made helps in coming to terms with the loss, fostering a deeper connection to the life they lived.

3. Memory-Rich Environment: Homes are filled with mementos, photographs, and personal items that evoke memories of the loved one. These tangible reminders can be comforting and help to create a narrative of their life that is both personal and meaningful.

4. Casual Atmosphere: Without the formality often associated with traditional funeral homes, in-home funerals allow for a more relaxed and casual setting. This can be especially comforting for those who feel overwhelmed by the gravity of more formal services.

5. Privacy: In-home funerals are private affairs. There are no unfamiliar staff or strangers, just family and close friends. This privacy allows for a more genuine and heartfelt expression of grief and remembrance.

6. Affordability: Funerals can be a significant financial burden. In-home funerals tend to be more affordable, reducing the strain during an already difficult time.

7. Quickly Organised: Unlike traditional funerals that may require extensive planning and coordination, in-home funerals can be organised more swiftly, allowing families to focus on their emotions and healing rather than logistics.

8. Convenience: Hosting a funeral at home makes it easier for people to drop in, pay their respects, and offer support in a natural and unstructured way.

How to Create an In-Home Funeral

A large flower arrangement with a candle in the middle, in-home funeral support

While the idea of hosting a funeral at home can feel overwhelming, there are services available to help you through every step. Here’s how we can assist you in creating a beautiful and respectful in-home service:

1. Professional Assistance: Hire us to take care of the details. We’ll help with cleaning, staging, and protecting heirlooms, ensuring that your home is prepared to host family and friends.

2. Personal Touches: We can assist in presenting photos and other memorabilia that celebrate your loved one’s life, creating a visual journey of their memories.

3. Food and Catering: Our catering services can provide a range of food options, ensuring guests are comfortable and well-cared for during the service.

4. Seating and Shelter: We provide chairs and tents to accommodate guests, ensuring everyone is comfortable and protected from the elements.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere

Caroline Maurice co-owner of Estate Concierge, in-home funeral and estate downsizing support in Burlington Ontario

An in-home funeral offers a welcoming and warm atmosphere where family and friends can come together to celebrate a life well-lived. It's about creating a space that feels right for you and your loved ones, filled with the warmth and familiarity of home.

Choosing an in-home funeral allows for a celebration that is as unique and special as the person being honoured. It’s a return to a more personal, heartfelt way of saying goodbye, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Caroline Maurice

Estate Concierge

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