Connection Cafe: Caring for Your Own After Death

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Connection Cafe is a free bi-monthly gathering featuring teachers and facilitators offering work that builds resilience and connects us to ourselves and each other. We connect every 2nd and 4th Monday from 4-5:30pm Pacific Time. Please join us in building a connective and caring community!

Would you like to offer something at our Connection Cafe?  Our event is open to teachers, facilitators, healers, artists and community connectors of all sorts!
Please use the Connection Cafe submission form to make an offering.

Keeping a loved one at home after they have died, taking loving care of their body, making time to grieve at your own pace, in the intimacy of your home and your community... that is a home funeral or home wake, an old tradition that we can reclaim. It is possible in most cases, legal in many places, and deeply healing for all. We will touch on practical body care, legal aspects and considerations of social and economic justice. Mostly we will share stories and catch a glimpse of a culture of connection that holds death, grief, life and love in one embrace. (Though it is a different topic and the two don't always go hand in hand, we will also touch briefly on green burial.)

Kaat Vander Straeten is a long-time community organizer with a Transition focus and a certified permaculture designer in MetroWest Boston, where she founded several organizations for local resilience. Her passion for helping families take care of their deceased is nourished by her love of empowering personal choice-with-responsibility, her service to a regenerative and grief-literate culture, and a concern for social justice. Kaat was trained by Peg Lorenz in after-death body care and has helped several families take care of their loved ones at home. Kaat works with Peaceful Passage at Home, a group of home funeral guides and advocates based in eastern and central Massachusetts.

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