An interview with Keelia Carver, bereaved mother (Maupin, OR) and
Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant & Home Funeral Guide (Portland, OR) about death care and their online resource Oregon Funeral.org.
In Oregon, no one is required to purchase the services of a funeral director or funeral home.
Families may conduct any or all tasks commonly performed by a funeral home (except embalming which is not required by Oregon law), and may bury on their own property if certain provisions are met.
While some families entrust all of these arrangements to paid professionals, or choose to forgo everything except for a simple cremation, many families find themselves looking for more affordable, meaningful and authentic ways of memorializing and caring for the dead in their own homes, in their own places of worship, and in their own communities, including more eco-friendly practices.
Produced and Edited by Erin Yanke