Home Funeral Guides already exist throughout the U.S., and have a long history, but are not well known to the general public. The basic premise is that a guide helps a family before and after a person's death to ensure that all necessary steps are taken and all choices offered, without having to make use of expensive funeral home services. A funeral home could offer these services as an alternative.
Home Funerals are just that. Funerals held at home, usually with the body present. The full version of this would include a person dying at home (or being brought home immediately after death), being washed and dressed by loved ones, being laid out ceremonially for viewing, being kept at home for typically 3-5 days while friends and family visit, a memorial or funeral service, transporting the body to a cemetery or crematorium, and burying or witnessing a cremation.
Along with the above, another difference from a conventional funeral is using simple coffins, such as cardboard cremation boxes, that can be custom decorated by friends and family, or shrouds, baskets, etc that are lower cost than the conventional formal casket.