With Gratitude To:
In Memory of Max
"I am compelled to tell this story. It feels a bit like scattering dandelion seeds in the wind, but I hope with all my heart that this information about caring for your own dead will reach those who need to know it. I hope this spares some other family from the pain of leaving their loved one’s body in a place far from home to go home and care for living family members. I hope that you get the chance that I was denied, to lay with your dearly departed’s body in the privacy of your own home, keening until your voice is gone. Spending those last hours with that body that you hugged and kissed, talked to and laughed with. For all that the body is not the person, it is still an important and precious thing."
— Keelia Carver, Max's mother Read Max's Story
About This Site
This website was developed as a public service by:
- Jodie Buller, Cemetery Manager, White Eagle Memorial Preserve (Goldendale, WA)
- Keelia Carver, bereaved mother (Maupin, OR)
- Judith Moman, attorney (Eugene, OR)
- Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant & Home Funeral Guide (Portland, OR)
- Lee Webster, Past President, National Home Funeral Alliance; Director, NH Funeral Resources & Education; President, Green Burial Council International (Holderness, NH)
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