Home Death Care

In Massachusetts it is legal for persons to care for their own dead. There is no requirement to hire a funeral director or funeral home.

To learn more about home funerals and caring for the deceased at home, consult these resources:

Several FCAWM board members, past and present, have attended workshops about how to care for the dead at home. In fall 2013 they recommended and helped host two such workshops in western Massachusetts locations (Leverett and Warwick). Public response was positive, filling both workshops to capacity.  It is likely that future workshops will be offered. If interested in attending, please let us know.