Nowadays a funeral can be so much more individualized – which is how funeral trends evolved. And I myself am surprised at what creative possibilities there are.
Now funerals are not like they used to be years ago. Now, the life of a person can be remembered in so many ways and there is a variety of offers out there.
Today we will focus on the funeral trends within the personalization of your funeral.
As per the NFDA the personalization of funerals is one of the biggest trends today. The funeral is an important part of the grieving process and should be planned with care and thought. If you do this planning beforehand you can save your loved ones a lot of stress and money.
What can be personalized?
The Answer is easy. Everything.
The Casket/The Urn:
There is a huge variety of possibilities to choose from simply looking at material and design. In case a casket is made for cremation only, there are companies that print them with your photographs or other pictures that mean a lot to you. You can get coffins and urns from discounters or spend thousands of Dollars for a mahogany casket. You can get biodegradable caskets and wicker caskets. Some funeral homes let you paint the urne or casket yourself – which is helps smaller children to say good bye to a parent or grandparent. For those of you, that want to be really individual you can have a casket built in whatever shape you like – i.e. in the shape of your favorite animal, car or a bottle of beer. A company in Ghana makes it possible.
One funeral trends is the forest or nature burial which is offered around the world and is very popular right now. Also scattering ashes in the ocean or into the air (which I like) are chosen more often. This company offers to scatter your ashes over the Grand Canyon National Park. You have the possibility to have a diamond or other jewel made from your ashes so your loved ones can keep you close by on a ring or a pendant. And one of the most unusual forms of burials is the Space Burial. For this burial you do need to spend a few dollars more and this form of burial is only possible in the US and in Russia. Interesting fact: One of the most famous dead personalities, that were launched into space: James Doohan – his remains were on two space ships in 2007 and 2012.
The Funeral Music:
There are no limits to funeral music anymore. You can pick a traditional „Pie Jesu“, but you can also choose „Highway to Hell“ by AC/DC. Often times the favorite song of the person will be played and the songs don’t have to be sad. Image for example „Good Vibrations“ from the Beach Boys or „Dancing Queen“ from Abba (which I could imagine for myself). Or you could have your favorite soundtrack like „Once upon a time in the West“. And here you have an option if you have a few dollars more to spend – your individually composed funeral music with „Your Requiem“.
Furthermore you can off course decide which cloths you will wear on your funeral day. You can decide on decorations and on make-up. What will be said and who says it? You can have jewelry with your fingerprints and a bust with your face. There are so many things you can do. Soon there will even be a company from Florida that records messages from you and presents them to your loved ones if form of a hologram. The possibilities are endless.
There is so much you can do and we do recommend that you plan ahead. This saves your loved ones a lot of stress and even money and you will be remembered the way you want it. Talk to a funeral director in your area.