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Reimagining death : stories and practical wisdom for home funerals and green burials

Author: Lucinda Herring
Publisher: Berkeley : North Atlantic Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For all those seeking to reclaim their innate and legal right to care for their own dead, create home funeral vigils, and choose greener after-death care options that are less toxic and more sustainable for the earth More natural after-death care options are transforming the paradigm of the existing funeral industry, helping families and communities recover their instinctive capacity to care for a loved one after
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Herring, Lucinda.
Reimagining death.
Berkeley : North Atlantic Books, 2019
(DLC) 2018040542
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucinda Herring
ISBN: 9781623172923 1623172926
OCLC Number: 1031574501
Description: xix, 272 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / by David Spangler --
Prologue: The calling --
Return to the mother --
Greening the gateway of death --
Partnering with nature when we die --
"Bury me naturally": stories and guidance for green burials --
"You're dead. Now what?" Humor and laughter at the threshold --
Sacred care of the dead --
When we die in the hospital: field notes for finding our way home --
Conscious dying: a death with dignity --
Reimagining the future in ecological after-death care --
Be prepared: creating a plan with family and friends --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Lucinda Herring ; foreword by David Spangler.

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"For all those seeking to reclaim their innate and legal right to care for their own dead, create home funeral vigils, and choose greener after-death care options that are less toxic and more sustainable for the earth More natural after-death care options are transforming the paradigm of the existing funeral industry, helping families and communities recover their instinctive capacity to care for a loved one after death and do so in creative, nourishing, and healing ways. In reclaiming these practices and creating new, innovative options, we are greening the gateway of death and returning home to ourselves, our bodies, and the earth. Lucinda Herring reminds us of the sacredness of death itself; her compelling stories, poetry, and guidance come from years of experience as a home funeral/green burial consultant and licensed funeral director dedicated to more natural and healing death practices. In Reimagining Death she shares with readers her experience caring for her own mother after death. Through storytelling and resources Herring also reveals to families the gifts of partnering with nature, home funeral vigils, sacred care at death, conscious dying (through the story of a Death with Dignity with accompanying photos of one man's planned death and after-death care), bringing laughter and a greater lightness of being to death, natural burials, and emerging eco-conscious dispositions. A valuable resource in planning for all deaths in all circumstances (with a chapter on what to do when a death occurs outside of the home), this book also guides readers on how to create an advance after-death care directive"--

""For all those seeking to reclaim their innate and legal right to care for their own dead, create home funeral vigils, and choose greener after-death care options that are less toxic and more sustainable for the earth"--Provided by publisher"--

More natural after-death care options are transforming the paradigm of the existing funeral industry, helping families and communities recover their instinctive capacity to care for a loved one after death and do so in creative, nourishing, and healing ways. Herring reminds us of the sacredness of death itself. Here she reveals the gifts of bringing laughter and a greater lightness of being to death with natural burials, and emerging eco-conscious dispositions. -- adapted from back cover

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