"Home funeral" can refer to a traditional vigil or wake with the body present in the home, but includes any response to death that is slower-paced, family-centered, and helps the bereaved find authenticity and connection. This might be simply quieting the room and letting the body be for the afternoon to a full ritual of bathing and anointing the body with essential oils, preparing the body for burial or cremation, and inviting loved ones to gather over several days while keeping the body cool with dry ice or frozen gel packs.
When anticipating a death, taking time to plan and imagine the moments and hours after death can reduce the fear and crisis mode that often follows. Whether you are making preparations for death or need help in the moment, Monica is here to support you day or night.
Marshall Funeral is committed to family-directed and family-centered death care whether that means working with your death-guide or simply slowing the pace of removal from the home while initiating permits. Here are some of the home funeral services we can support you with that are included in our Basic Services Fee:
Additionally, we can assist you with transporting the decedent from a care facility in Ojai to a home in Ojai even if you will be using another funeral provider for final services and disposition.
Organic heirloom flowers grown locally at Palomar Farm delivered to your home in Ojai.
Small bouquet $25
3 gallon bucket $60
Delivery fee $15
Organic tea or coffee from the Coffee Connection delivered to your home in Ojai.
Tea or coffee $1 / 8 oz cup (12 cup min)
Cups, sugar, creamer $5
Delivery fee $15
Supply of frozen and unfrozen cold packs that can be rotated in your freezer for cooling.
Techni Ice and/or Polar Ice Biodegradable Cold Packs $45
The NHFA website offers many great resources and advice for home funerals, as well as explanations of the value of having a home funeral.
Crossings is a home funeral and green burial resource guide that offers a detailed and free PDF guide to holding a home funeral complete with death care instructions and supply lists.
Home Funeral Guide and Funeral Director, Lucinda Herring, offers beautifully written stories of her experiences with home funerals with practical advice and wisdom in this book.
Bridging Transitions offers emotional, spiritual, and practical support to those living with limited life expectancy, the dying, the people who love and care for them, those living with grief, and anyone interested in conscious living and dying. Death Guide, Cheserae Scala, lives in Ojai and owns Alquimia wellness center in Meiners Oaks.