Death Comes Home
April Dembosky


Univ. of California Berkeley, USA, 2009
Re:sound, TCF Winners
Death, Philosophy
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Death Comes Home is a portrait of three families who have chosen to forego the funeral director and prescribed memorial to instead care for their dead at home.

Part of a growing national "home funeral" movement, these families are redefining America’s death rituals.

Death Comes Home won the Best New Artist Award in the 2009 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was produced with advisors Claire Schoen and Cynthia Gorney.


April Dembosky is a writer and radio producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she covers arts & culture, health & death, religion & philosophy. Her radio work airs on KALW and KQED radio in San Francisco, NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, and Marketplace. Her print work appears in the New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, and Sacramento Bee. Dembosky received her Masters degree in Journalism in 2008 from UC Berkeley.


Death Comes Home was first presented as part of the University of California at Berkeley’s annual masters project showcase in May, 2008.


Excellent show. Thank you for this wonderfully crafted and presented episode.
Posted by James from Calgary, Alberta at 10/26/2011
wow...thank you april...what a beautiful job you did with this story...leaves me wanting more and wishing i heard this years ago.
Posted by Deb from Chicago at 06/11/2011
what a powerful and intimate collection of stories. thank you, april!
Posted by Julie from Chicago at 01/17/2011