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What does a Death
Midwife do?
A DEATH MIDWIFE guides and supports individuals and their families through all three stages of the dying process:
BEFORE – upon notice of terminal diagnosis or life-limiting illness
DURING – active dying and death, and
AFTER – unexpected death, final rites, care of the body, burial or cremation, funeral or memorial and bereavement. 
A DEATH MIDWIFE provides information, guidance and support to both the death journeyer and their families from terminal diagnosis through final disposition.
DEATH MIDWIFERY combines the roles of death doula, spiritual counselor, 
end-of-life caregiver, home funeral guide and funeral Celebrant. 
What is a Home Funeral?

HOME FUNERALS are when a loved one is cared for at home after death, by family, 

giving them time to gather and participate in:

- planning and carrying out after-death rituals or ceremonies

- preparing the body for burial or cremation by bathing, dressing and laying out for visitation

- keeping the body cool with noninvasive techniques, such as techni ice.

 HOME FUNERALS invite family, friends, and community into an authentic and healing after-death care experience 

in a safe and familiar place, with care performed by loving hands.

What makes it a Green Burial, you wonder?

GREEN BURIAL is the caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact 
that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, 
and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. 
GREEN BURIAL necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. 
All CASKETS, SHROUDS and URNS must be constructed from plant-derived, recycled plant-derived, natural, animal, or unfired earthen materials, 
including shell, liner, and adornments. Fasteners and handles (other than those made from brass or chrome) 
are excluded from this requirement. 
Immediate Need We are available by phone 24 hours a day


Call to make an appointment Today!
562-850-7809 or 760-559-1156
 Located at the Historic Apple Valley Inn
20601 CA 18 #112, Apple Valley Ca 92307


Direct Cremation    Starting at $925 
Includes Basic Service Fee, Transportation (within 30 miles), Refrigeration, Cremation process, a Durable Plastic Utility Container. Death Certificates, Disposition Permit & St Regulatory Fees are additional.  

Death Midwifery & Funeral Services 

Design It Yourself EOL & After Death Care.

Where we support you with 

Creating an EOL Plan, Advance directives, 

Legacy Planning, Vigil planning and support, support during M.A.I.D. services, hosting Living Wakes, guidance with  Family Driven Reverent Body Care, Home Funerals, and Affordable Eco-Friendly Dispositions. Such as Green Burials, Full Body Sea Burial, NOR Services, Water or Fire Cremation.

At DIY DYING aka Design It Yourself Dying, where Death care is Life care. we are committed to being present for those looking to plan their last BIG event of their lives. We offer in home consultation, compassionate support, expert advice, and affordable services. We come to you, in the comfort of your own home. Services are designed to be family driven, done using less invasive techniques, with Eco-friendly dispositions leaving less impact on the environment. 

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