November 05, 2020

#BookReview: Death Rights and Rites: A Practical Guide to a Meaningful Death by Judith Fenley, Oberon Zell @LlewellynBooks @Netgalley

Synopsis: Death Rights & Rites presents practical information for approaching death and dying with a sense of personal and sacred meaning. You will learn how to navigate the practical, legal, and spiritual issues related to home-based dying, home funerals, and alternative burial methods. This book assists those who want to approach dying with a deeper sense of purpose and advocates for those who want to care for loved ones as they pass in a way that supports the best medical care and the emotional needs of the community.

It is possible to manifest your deepest spiritual values before, during, and after death. Within these pages, you will discover alternative death ways that are sustainable, artful, sacred, and supportive.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: For those looking for a well rounded book about death rites look no further.  This book does a wonderful job dealing with a hard topic. Its hard to loose someone you love as well as plan for your own death and this book does a wonderful job taking you through the journey of birth, life, and death. 


"Filled with personal stories and written with a compassionate heart, this book is a must-have guide for navigating the tragic terrain of a loved one's passing. In one volume, it covers not only the spiritual aspects of this passage, but the practical and legal issues as well. A wonderful book for a difficult subject, guiding you before, during, and after death comes near your door. Should be in everyone's library."―Anodea Judith, author of Anodea Judith's Chakra Yoga

"This is a significant and timely book, full of heartwarming stories to inspire you and ease your fears. I learned many things that I will definitely put into practice as I prepare for my own death and those of my loved ones. In our modern culture we have lost touch with the beauty and sacredness of death, and the need for meaningful rituals that are aligned with human needs and the ways of the natural world. This book shares ways we can re-gain and re-claim our rightful ease and natural way with death."―Susan Campbell, author of Getting Real and Saying What's Real

"Judith Fenley has created a weaving of practical, spiritual, political, ritual, and always compassionate wisdom for approaching the process of death. Bringing a sense of the organic and natural unfolding of the conclusion of life in a body, she tells stories, provides resources, encourages reflection, and always emphasizes the importance of honoring the individual needs and desires of the loved and loving ones finding their way through death. Judith's caring heart and grounded presence are here in her writing as I know they must be as she tends to the needs of family and friends whose loved one has left this life. May this book be a guide and companion to those seeking support in choosing and following the appropriate path for themselves, their loved ones, or for their own journey assisting others as a death guide."―Selene Vega, author, dancer, psychotherapist, and owner of

About the Author

Rev. Judith Karen Fenley (Sonoma County, CA) is an ordained metaphysical minister, a pagan priestess, a certified home funeral guide and death midwife, and a health practitioner. She is a member of the Final Passages Support Council.

Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (Cotati, CA) is a co-founder of the Church of All Worlds (1967), founded Green Egg magazine (1968), is the founder and headmaster of the Grey School of Wizardry, and has written or co-written six books on Neopaganism. A regular at Starwood Festival and INATS, Oberon has appeared in The Daily MailWitches & PagansPanGaia, and on the radio and television programs Coast to Coast AM and Hidden America.

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