Caring for own dead in Massachusetts

It is legal for a family to act as the funeral designee and take the role of the funeral director. For more information on completing the necessary paperwork, click on the link below for information on electronic death certificates and the responsibilities of a family designee.

Mass.gov, VIP EDRS for families not working with a funeral home

Peaceful Passage at Home is an organization of funeral guides and advocates based in eastern and central Massachusetts dedicated to educating people about their choices and bringing back the tradition of home-based funeral care. Their website provides a detailed, step-by-step process of obtaining and filing paperwork and a practical approach to taking care of a body at home.

Peaceful Passage At Home