Care at Home" Video Series
picture is worth a thousand words." Although
attitudes are changing, we still live in a 'death
taboo' culture. Most of us are not
aware that we have the legal right to care for
our own dead at home, without using the services
of a funeral home. Whether
or not we know about our rights post-death,
the cultural taboo still tends to leave an 'ick
' factor, due to the
assumption that caring for a dead body would
be significantly different than caring for it
the moment before death. However,
even if the 'ick ' factor is not an issue,
there is still the question '...but how?
We suggest that you watch these videos in full-screen
mode. Click on the box-corners icon
at the bottom right of each video and then
press the red "Play" button once you
get into full-screen mode. [If
you don't see the box-corners, move your mouse-cursor
to the bottom right of the video.] To
return to the website page, press the "Esc"
or "Escape" button, which will probably
be at the far top left of your keyboard.
instructions (PDF) for Post-death
Care at Home (including a list
of supplies), and General
Timeline (what to do when)
are also available on this site; and are intended
to companion the videos with more in-depth information.
patterns (with graphic and
written instructions) 2 unsewn,
and 4 sewn variations are also available.
We hope that the following videos,
and the accompanying instructional
will help clarify how to care for a dead body
and most of the supplies needed would be
things you already have at home. If
you have any further questions or concerns, please
feel free to contact
1 Moving the Body
video shows the procedure for six women to move
a 6'2" man's (dead) body across a room
and through a doorway, carrying him on a large
2 Washing the Head, Face, and Mouth
video shows the procedure for washing the hair
and face, as well as cleaning the teeth and mouth.
3 Washing the Body
video shows the procedure for washing the whole
body (legs, arms and trunk)
as well as rolling the body on its side
to be able to wash the back.
4 Dressing the Body
video shows the procedure for dressing the body
(in this case, with pants and shirt)
as well as how to set the eyes and mouth
so that they remain shut.
5 Final Preparations
1: Moving the body into the casket
part of the video shows the procedure to move
the body into the casket using the same
simple single-sheet technique as in Part 1 (Moving
Option 2: Shrouding the body
part of the video shows the procedure to shroud
the body in the simplest form of shroud
using a large (queen or king sized)
sheet and 4 ties.
There are 6 shroud patterns available
on CINDEA 's 'Post-death Care and Home
Funerals' page under the Shroud
Patterns section. The patterns
include 2 unsewn ones (including
the one demonstrated here) and 4 different
sewn ones with both written and graphic
instructions approved for use in at least
some 'green burials'.