Recorded Presentation: In-Home After-Death Care & Preparation for Lying in Honor
with End-of-life Doulas, Amanda Kenney, Mary Good and Mary Jo Curtin
Date: April 28th 12PM-1:30PM (Pacific) Originally Presented in Zoom format
Summary: Full Circle volunteer End-of-Life Doulas presented a detailed introduction to after-death care and preparing the body to lie in honor. Caring for the deceased body after death is rooted in our human condition; our desire to honor the dead and allow mourning to occur naturally. Humans have always cared for their dead through rituals based in religious and spiritual values and practicality.
In this presentation, you will learn about the practicalities of washing and preparing the body for in-home viewing and the inevitable disposition of the body after death.
After-death care is an act of mourning that many people don't know anything about. Our modern disconnect from traditions around death, and general death avoidance, have resulted in a loss of basic information. You will learn about and see an example of basic information while recognizing the sacred nature of these questions:
- How do I wash my loved one's body?
- How long can I keep them home before the funeral parlor picks them up?
- What happens to the body as the hours and days go by?
- How do I preserve the body through those hours and days?
- How do I protect the bed?
- How do I prepare the body for others to view while saying goodbye at home?
You will see a photo presentation and listen to a discussion about hands-on, after-death care.
You will learn basic how-to steps, from once death occurs all the way through preparing the body to lie in honor and handling ice packs, to the final goodbye.
Link to recording: youtu.be/BnaqVJxDjTY
Full Circle of Living and Dying is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit comprised of trained End-of-Life Doulas and Post-Death care guides who are passionate about all aspects of the end-of-life and after-death spectrum. We educate our community on a wide variety of death and dying topics including end-of-life options and post-death care such as in-home funerals.
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