In The Parlor: a Documentary Film Examining the Growing Trend of Home Funerals

Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

Heidi Boucher, presenting “In The Parlor: a Documentary Film Examining the Growing Trend of Home Funerals.”

InTheParlor“In The Parlor” takes the viewer on an intimate journey as three families care for their own dead at home. In addition, home death care guides, funeral industry professionals, and advocates share their experiences dealing with various aspects of death and the choices that are available. Topics include history, grief, embalming, children and death, planning, corporate vs. family owned funeral homes, healing, legal issues, and green burial. The viewer is given the opportunity to see three very different situations and how under the proper guidance and care families can have more hands on involvement if they so choose.

While working in the film industry, Heidi Boucher has been a leading pioneer in the home funeral movement with over 30 years experience working with families in California and Oregon. Combining both her passions led to the making of this non-profit documentary in the hopes of inspiring and educating people on options around death and funerals. In addition to producing “In The Parlor”, she has given numerous workshops and lectures. As a funeral arranger in the state of California, Heidi has worked extensively with the “mainstream” funeral industry bridging the relationship with home death care guides and funeral directors.

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