Caring For Our Own at Death: Home Funerals and Green Burial

Shelley Morhaim

Sunday, Oct. 21, 12:45-2:30 pm

A presentation and an open discussion about bringing the care of the dead back into our own hands as thousands of generations have done throughout history. Explore issues of home care of the dead, home funerals and green burials.  Our presenters, Penny McDougal and Shelley Morhaim have researched the issues for the Maryland General Assembly, and have participated in many educational forums, as well as home funerals and green burials for loved ones. Find out how this healing and authentic process can both honor the life of the one who has died and comfort the bereaved. Join us after church on Sunday, Oct. 21 in the first floor classrooms.

Shelley Morhaim is a Baltimore writer, award winning independent filmmaker and longtime environmental and community activist. Formerly an attorney, she has served on the boards of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Earthome, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Baltimore Black-Jewish Alliance, and the Womens’ Institute of the College of Notre Dame. Along with her husband Dr. Dan Morhaim, she has worked on issues related to end of life care  as well as efforts to found a green cemetery in Maryland.

Penny was on the Board  at UUC of Frederick, and now is on the Committee on Ministry and the Adult Spiritual Enrichment Committee. She also coordinates the Neighborhood Circle project and  facilitators their Chalice Community; ie. their small group ministry program. She has researched the topic of natural burial for the MD State Legislature and participated in home funeral and green burial services. Shelley and Penny have done presentations on this topic at the Frederick and Columbia UU Churches.

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