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death midwife

death midwife
 n.— «A cottage industry has sprung up somewhat around home funerals. Those who assist families in the practice are known as “death midwives,” or funeral educators, said Beth Knox, founder of Crossings, a Maryland-based non-profit group. In the almost 10 years since Crossings began, Knox has assisted about 150 families in holding home funerals, she said, and calls to her organization are increasing.» —“Traditional Funerals Not Everyone’s Choice” by Anita French The Morning News (Springdale, Arkansas) June 17, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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