A video of this discussion on June 10, 2015: http://www.theselc.org/re-envision_funerals
There are about 2.4 million funerals in the U.S. every year, and the average funeral costs ,000-,000. Increasingly, publicly traded corporations are buying or establishing funeral homes. As the funeral industry grows along with our aging population, we have an opportunity to re-imagine the funeral and burial marketplace in ways that support independent home funeral guides and artisans, green burials, and other community-based memorial practices.
A panel of those who are working to grow a viable field of practice for home funeral practitioners will present, take questions, and discuss ideas. We’ll learn about family rights, the state and local laws that inhibit the diversification of the funeral industry and discuss strategies for change. Together, we’ll discuss the future of death care, opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, and ways to support positive change in this field.
Tom Long, Founder, Grounded Guild
Norman de Vall, Golden Gate Burial Services and former Mendocino County Supervisor
Jerrigrace Lyons, Final Passages
Barry Vogel, Attorney, Counselor & Mediator and Host and Producer of Radio Curious
Sharon Ponciano, Alternative funeral and burial activist
Moderator: Megan Amaral
Host: Janelle Orsi, Executive Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center