A good death, I told a recent client. Your mom died a good death.
“Yes, I think so. Thank you,” she said.
Death is having a moment in popular culture. (To be clear, death is always having its moment, isn’t it, just not always as a media darling.) So what’s a good death, and is it worth aiming for?
Let me try to answer that with a case study, the story of a family who bought one of our Piedmont Pine Coffins recently.
For those of you just joining, at Piedmont Pine Coffins, we make simple pine coffins by hand (off-grid, no electricity, no power tools) and encourage families to go greener, more affordable, and more hands-on when caring for their loved ones. At Piedmont Pine Coffins and its cottage industrial home Melleray Farmstead, we are all about a good death. I’d like one myself, as a matter of fact.
Any death will do, of course, but you might want a good death too. It’s worth a shot, as the following story shows.
A Good Death Case Study
In this honest and thorough account, Sara Williams describes helping with the home funeral of a friend. It was, as they say, a good death.
As you’ll see, Sara participated in this good death closely. She’s a North Carolina home funeral guide. Sara is also on the board of the National Home Funeral Alliance, a good group to know if you want a good death. You might say that the home funeral guides of the National Home Funeral Alliance — along with hospice groups like the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization — are like a certified Good Death Corps D’Elite. Each group maintains directories and resources for planning a good death for you and family.
Go out green, and go out good!