Funeral trends have evolved over time, bringing new values, traditions and perspectives about honouring their loved ones. The funeral industry has been ready and willing to adapt, and this will continue as funeral homes support families and their unique needs.
The challenges of the past 12 months have accelerated some trends like embracing digital technology and other trends change with the times. Here are four funeral trends that we believe are here to stay.
Embracing digital technology
Digital technology allowing the live streaming of funerals has been around for years. However, it was pushed to the forefront by the COVID pandemic. Live streaming of funerals allows friends and family members to attend services when they are unable to be there in person due to travel restrictions, gathering limits or health concerns. While there was a demand during the pandemic, this trend provides a comfort for many and is here to stay.
Unique & personalised services
Funeral services have been shifting away from somber ceremonies to celebrations of life for several years now. Families can celebrate life however they like, encompassing things that their departed family member would appreciate most. A personalised service can reflect the hobbies, passions and interests of that person.
We are seeing trends such as themed celebrations, personalised locations, special music and food. Helping families create a meaningful funeral experience is what drives us to do what we do. It helps start a healthy grieving process and allows families to celebrate life, their way.
Celebrations of remembrance
A celebration of remembrance is a funeral or memorial service that takes place weeks or months after it normally would. This is a nice choice for families when it is not possible to come together in the time immediately following a loved one’s death. Families can then take time to plan in more detail an event honouring the life of their family member. A celebration of remembrance often honours the deceased after the body has been cremated or buried and can be less formal than a funeral.
Discussing death has become more commonplace. Along with this, an increasing number of people are finding that preplanning their own funeral is a wise decision. Preplanning keeps surviving family members from making hard decisions in a stressful time, as well as giving peace of mind that their final plans are set. Family and friends will have less to worry about and can focus their time on celebrating their loved one’s life rather than rushing around trying to organise funeral arrangements.
By planning a funeral in advance does not mean that you also must prepay for the funeral. However, many people do choose to prepay because it will alleviate the financial burden for their families.
Every family is different, and we strongly encourage you to do what you feel is best. If you are planning a loved one’s funeral or preplanning, we can assist throughout the entire funeral planning process. We can endeavour to realise any personal wishes you may have, just get in touch with our friendly team.