A Sacred Moment – In the News

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A Sacred Moment and owner, Char Barrett, have been in the news since she started her funeral service in March 2007. Alternative funeral services, delivered by a woman, licensed as a funeral director have caught the attention of media, as you will read below:

Yes! Magazine - Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement
August 7, 2015 - Check out this beautiful article just published in Yes! Magazine, about alternative deathcare options in the Seattle area. A Sacred Moment features prominently, and we're so proud and honored. There's lots of great information about green burial, home funerals, and the evolution of the modern funeral industry. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Funeral Radio – Green Burial Council Radio Program
April 16, 2013 - Shari Wolf and Joe Sehee with the Green Burial Council talk to Char Barrett of A Sacred Moment. They discuss funeral directors’ role in home funerals and how funeral homes can benefit from offering more of this service.

KIRO MyNorthwest Radio – The Bill Radke Treatment
October 22, 2011 - Bill asked Char Barrett, funeral director and founder of A Sacred Moment funeral service, Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Temple B'Nai Torah and George Bacon, Seattle Gay News thought provoking questions and more. Listen in on their engaging and lively conversation!

American Funeral Director Magazine – Women in Funeral Service
May, 2011 – The number of women choosing to work in funeral service has risen quite rapidly in the past decade. Often seen in the past as a profession for men, women are finding their place in the funeral industry and discovering a high degree of satisfaction in providing their unique gifts to families in grief.

NY Times - The Funeral: Your Last Chance to Be a Big Spender
By GABRIELLE GLASER

April 18, 2009 - The same generation that questioned convention in sex, birth and marriage will probably do the same in death care, says Char Barrett, a funeral director in Seattle and the owner of A Sacred Moment, a business that helps families prepare the bodies of loved ones at home.

“It’s your funeral, your choice — and the industry needs to recognize that,” Ms. Barrett says. “Or it can stay in the box, and drive itself out of business.”

The Oregonian - Artist all wrapped up in shrouds for burials
February 19, 2009 - Marian Spadone is sitting at her sewing machine on this atypical winter day in Portland — atypical because the sky is bright blue, nary a cloud in sight and sunshine pours through the massive windows of her art studio in Northeast Portland. Also featured in this article: Green funerals and burials and Char Barrett, founder and owner of A Sacred Moment, is a licensed funeral director and certified death midwife, although she prefers to be called a home funeral guide. "A green burial/funeral means that there is no embalming chemicals, the body is bathed and is then dressed," Barrett says. "The body is kept from decomposing by using dry ice under and around the body. (At the burial) the body is placed in a biodegradable casket, an unfinished wood casket and/or a shroud — the shroud is used as a vessel for placing the body in touch with the Earth."

Wall Street Journal's magazine - WSJ. - Death Becomes Her
November 30, 2008 - Char Barrett left a lucrative career with a design giant for the unconventional mission of injecting some joy into the funeral-service business.

KING 5 News – Natural Home Funerals
October, 2008 – After Pam Howley’s 17 year old daughter Daron died her mother didn’t want anyone else caring for her body. She was not going to have a funeral home come and take Daron’s body away from her. Pam sought out the help and services of A Sacred Moment.

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KUOW 94.9 'Weekday' Talk Show - Funeral Options
March 19, 2008 - First we live, then we die. Most of us do a pretty good job of planning for the living part, but not many of us spend a lot of time planning for death. Or, more specifically, what happens to our bodies after death. Why is it important to have a funeral? What happens to the body when it gets taken from the hospital or your home? Open casket vs. closed casket? Does anyone use a hearse anymore? And what are cremains anyway? Washington State is third in the country when it comes to the rate of cremation. Why? Do funeral directors take advantage of grieving family members to scam their customers? How do our spiritual beliefs affect our decisions about what happens to our remains? What will your final decision be and why?

MSNBC.com - More families are bringing funerals home
September 24, 2007 - Small but growing trend helps people reclaim death rituals, experts say. Pam Howley watched her daughter Daron endure chemotherapy, surgeries and steroid treatment in the year-and-a-half after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 15. When she died in December of 2005, Howley and her family chose to tenderly care for Daron's body themselves at home.

KUOW 94.9 'The Beat' - Heartfelt Funerals
May 2, 2007 - Char Barrett, founder of A Sacred Moment is in an interview with KUOW 94.9 radio host Dave Beck during "The Beat" talking about Heartfelt Funerals through a Home Funeral Vigil and their impact on families as they deal with their grief journey.

Seattle PI - Standard Funeral Not Sole Option
March 18, 2007 - Propped up on the hospital bed where she spends most of her time, Doris Jean Powers eyes a wooden box about the size of a refrigerator a few feet away. Messages written in bright markers are slowly covering the pale yellow wood. She reads the notes, or has them read to her. She likes to hear what people have to say. "It's looking more and more like a steamer trunk every day," Phyllis Powers said from her mother-in-law's bedside. "Well, it's going to be quite a trip," Doris Jean joked.

The Stranger - Outside the Box
March 6, 2007 - Funerals go “Outside the Box” – A growing number of families are thinking “Outside the Box” when it comes to funeral arrangements. Instead of sending the body of their loved one to a funeral home to be cared for by strangers and spending thousands of dollars on a casket, an increasing number of families are choosing keep the body at home—forgoing expensive funeral home merchandise and services.