13 Nov 2018
The traditional Victorian funeral with the horse-drawn hearse, a burial in a churchyard, and people wearing black is rapidly dying out. Now, people want to design their own funerals and scatter their ashes where they please.
Directing one’s own funeral down to the smallest detail is becoming the latest trend. Crying mourners, drab black clothing and sombre graveyards are too morbid for some people who would prefer that their final send-off be a celebration of their life. With pre-paid funeral packages, they can tailor their goodbye ceremony to fit their personality and values.
Fancy Dress Funerals
If formal dress is not their thing, they could insist guests wear something more fun. Funerals have been carried out with guests dressed as Vikings, Star Wars and Only Fools and Horses characters. Superhero dress-ups are also gaining attraction, so if the decedent was a Marvel or DC fan, the family could ask the guests to dress as Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Women or the X-Men. The dress can be used to accentuate the interests of the deceased.
Approximately one in three funerals now takes place away from a church or crematorium, being arranged instead at the deceased’s former home or back garden. This brings a level of intimacy that more formal funeral arrangements cannot bring and allows family and friends to remember them in their own way. They can also save money by making tea and sandwiches instead of paying for an expensive reception venue.
Scattering Ashes Almost Anywhere
More than 70% of British people choose cremation. One of the reasons for this is the versatility it brings. Ashes can be scattered almost anywhere. Requests have been made to scatter them at football clubs, cricket grounds, in woods, on mountains or wherever the person’s favourite spot was. Scattering ashes at sea is also possible for beach lovers or keen sailors.
No matter how they would like to do it, having a pre-paid funeral plan will allow people to organise every detail just like a wedding.