Re:sound #121: The Death Comes Home Show

This hour: the home funeral movement. Three families who've forgone traditional death rites in favor of a more DIY approach.

2010 / TCF / WBEZ, USA


This hour: the home funeral movement. Three families who've forgone traditional death rites in favor of a more DIY approach.

Death Comes Home
by April Dembosky (KQED, 2009)
Most of us give our loved ones who've passed away over to an entire industry that has sprung up to take care of the tasks we don't want to deal with: preparing a body for burial, holding services to commemorate life, and the final internment. But there is a growing movement to take death rites out of the funeral homes (and houses of worship) and bring them back into the living room. Home funerals are rising in popularity as some people forego the funeral director and prescribed memorials to create their own traditions among family and friends.

Buddhist Mice
by Karen Michel (TCF's Dollar Storeys, 2007)
Another story about alternative ways of thinking about death. Buddist ways. Meaning: no killing. Of anything, not even the mouse in your house.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Delaney Hall.

produced by

April Dembosky

April Dembosky is a writer and radio producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she covers arts & culture, health & death, religion & philosophy.

Karen Michel

Based in upstate New York, Karen Michel is an independent radio producer who got her start in media as a guest on Art Linkletter's Kids Say the Darndest Things.


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