In the Media
The film and Heidi’s work have been profiled in several publications about the home funeral movement.
The New York Times Magazine, December 22, 2019
The Movement to Bring Death Closer by Maggie Jones.
Memorial Business Journal, October 19, 2017
Home Funerals for the Traditional Funeral Home by Carol Milano.
KVMR Evening News, October 10, 2017
Charlotte Peterson speaks with Heidi Boucher, Film Producer and Home Funeral Guide about the upcoming screening of the documentary film, In the Parlor. Fast forward to 09:26 to skip to the interview.
Natural Transitions Magazine: NTM Vol 5 No. 2 Suicide
Suicide is one of the most sensitive issues ever tackled by Natural Transitions Magazine. This issue includes sage advice for working with suicides. Heidi Boucher of California shares poignant experiences with home vigils after suicide.
Co-Op Radio • Wednesday, Nov 30 12:00 2016 • 61:59
The purpose of Death Matters Live is not to depress listeners, but to persuade us to give some thought about the one experience we are all definitely going to have — eventual death — and the other one that most of us will have — the death of a loved one.
By Beth Ruyak • Sept 6, 2016 • 26:00
With us is Heidi Boucher and Ruby Sketchley to talk about the screening of “In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye” Sept. 7 at the Sacramento Film Festival.
By Kris Kington-Barker • Jul 5, 2016 • 60:17
The documentary film In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye shares the intimate story of three individuals, who like a growing number of families are in search of a more personal and fulfilling way to say goodbye to loved ones. Rejecting the mainstream tradition of hiring funeral professionals, the documentary film examines the growing trend of families caring for their loved ones after death[…]
By Daniel Boucher • Vol 4 No. 2, 2015
Five years in the making, In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye is now complete and will soon be playing at film festivals around the country. Natural Transitions magazine covers the making of In The Parlor and offers a first look at the final product.
Hosted by Beth Ruyak • October, 2014
A funeral can cost thousands of dollars and be a bleak affair. But there are people who are eschewing the funeral home and opting to send off their loved ones from the comfort of their homes. These in-home funerals are considered to be less expensive and more intimate. But home funerals aren’t for everyone. Your family needs to have a certain comfort level with death that doesn’t exist in every American family.
By Julie Parker • April, 2014
Should corporations determine birth and death care? This week, I talk to Ruth Cummings of The Birth Center and Heidi Boucher, a home death care provider and the force behind the documentary, “In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye.”[…]
By Matt Perry • January, 2014
Matru peered out from our perch high above the Ganges and looked down at the spectacle below – five separate fires burning near the river’s edge. His family had overseen this site for generations, and over five decades he’d seen this ritual repeated thousands of times[…]
By Rachel Zimmerman • November, 2013
The DIY death movement is loosely knit, and motivations vary, ranging from environmental concerns to religious or financial considerations.
By Janina Glasov • October, 2013
Beginning in Northern California, a growing movement has mounted an attack against death as we know it. They call themselves “death midwives.” Part ferry operator for the dying, part guardian of those left behind, these home funeral guides are committed to transforming our experience of death[…]
By Patti Martin Bartsche • November, 2012
A leading funeral industry trade publication looks at the rise of home funerals and addresses concerns that they pose a threat to the industry. Bartsche raises the argument that funeral directors should support home funerals because it’s good for business and the right thing to do.
By Marcos Breton • July, 2011
Every time Heidi Boucher goes to her corner store in Fair Oaks, the checkout person will ask what she plans to do with the big blocks of dry ice she buys.
By April Dembosky • December, 2009
Demobosky describes how home funerals help families get in touch with death and with their grief. A few anecdotes from people who have participated in home funerals are shared as well.
Produced by April Dembosky • May, 2008
An intimate emotional portrait of three families who have chosen to fore-go the funeral director and proscribed memorial, and instead care for their dead in their own homes. This is not a story about hospice or green burial; producer April Dembosky introduces us to people taking matters into their own hands[…]