All Things Mortal

Past event: Home Funeral Workshop

Do you imagine that joy meets sorrow when family and friends gather to care for a dying loved one at home? Would you like to hold the wake and funeral in surroundings that were dear to him or her and familiar to you? Here is an opportunity to learn how it can be done — what our laws say and the simple efforts that can make it happen. Led by Peg Lorenz, founder of

  • Sunday, April 2, 1 – 4:30 PM.
  • First Parish of Groton, One Powderhouse Road, Groton, MA


  • Offered free of charge (donations welcome). Space is limited and registration required.
  • Contact Peg Lorenz at 978-425- 6602 or

all are welcome


Dying at home, after-death care, and home funerals are family- and community-centered responses to death. Through many millennia, this is how we cared for our dying and dead. The experience, while sad, is ultimately deeply gratifying. Grieving in the intimacy of our homes helps us comfort and support one another.

You can care for your loved one at home…

  • No law requires embalming.
  • A family may prepare and file a death certificate.
  • A family may transport the deceased.

Nothing in these processes is beyond our ability.

This workshop will be led by Peg Lorenz and assisted by Kaat Vander Straeten. Peg has been a home funeral guide for 12 years and is the founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. Peg has 20 years of experience with hospice care and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance. Peg completed the training taught by Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death, a resource center for home funeral care. Kaat is a community activist with a special interest in empowering people to care for their dead for the good of the culture and the earth.

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