Gibbs Library will present a program on alternatives to expensive funerals on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

The program offers information for those who want options other than the standard funeral practices of our day and want a simple burial; for those who want to be more in control of what happens to their own body after death, or would like to explore ways to care for a loved one’s body after death.

The options to be highlighted vary from offering information about using a funeral home for only part of the end-of-life care of a loved one to the choice to not involve a funeral home at all.

The Gibbs Library program is presented by Klara Tammany, of www.lastthings.net. Tammany held a home funeral for her mother a few years ago and is very involved in the alternative funeral movement.

Tammany says another reason for funeral home alternatives is the environmental benefits. Chemical free cemeteries are available in Maine where embalming chemicals and metal caskets are not allowed. Burial is in a wooded area that is simple and serene.

“Once people learn about options, I think it’ll be a tidal wave that’s coming,” Tammany said in a press release. “The cultural way of dying and taking care of the dead is changing.”

A hundred years ago home funerals, like home births, were the norm, adds Tammany. Slowly the care of our loved ones was turned over to professionals and we forgot how to care for our own. Now there is a remembering of the sanctity of this final act of love, and more and more families are seeking ways to make the end of life rituals more meaningful.

With information about what is possible, families have the opportunity to create more intimate end-of-life ceremonies, and save considerable money as well.

Little by little, the idea of caring for our own dead is reemerging as a logical extension of the hospice ideas and the other end of the spectrum from natural childbirth. The baby boomers are leading this change.

The program is free. Gibbs Library is located at 40 Old Union Rd., Washington. FMI: 845-2663.