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When Families Choose Home Funerals

NHFREA & PBCH

Many people are unaware that they have the right to care for their own loved ones who have died, in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. Nationally recognized author, funeral thought leader, and Plymouth resident Lee Webster explores how home funerals work legally and practically, and how New Hampshirites can participate in making funerals more affordable, environmentally friendly, and meaningful.

Lee Webster is a writer, researcher, editor, and national public speaker on funeral reform. She has served in leadership positions of many educational nonprofits, including the National Home Funeral Alliance, the Green Burial Council, the Conservation Burial Alliance, the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance, and the NHPCO End of Life Doula Council, and she is Director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy. She began working with hospice in 1985 and has served in various capacities since, including as a bereavement and family support volunteer, spiritual care coordinator, and most recently developing the role of volunteer funeral educator for families seeking alternative and standard options.

Lee Webster

Former President and Education Vice Chair, Green Burial Council International
Executive Director, NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy
Board Director, Conservation Burial Alliance
Former President, National Home Funeral Alliance
Co-founder and former member National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Doula Council
Co-founder and former Board Member, National End of Life Doula Alliance
Organizer, writer and webmaster, Funeral.org Partnership Websites

When Families Choose Green Burials

As we move away from conventional burials with toxic chemical embalming, concrete vaults, steel caskets, we are exploring sustainable and family-friendly burials. Green, or natural, burial is gaining momentum in New Hampshire as it is in the rest of the country, with several new green burial cemeteries in place and more on the way. Former president of the Green Burial Council, Lee Webster, explains what green burials are, what it’s like to attend one, and why you might want to rethink your exit strategy.

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