“Everyone’s having a fancy expensive funeral!” says funeral provider

The end of the sombre funeral: Mourners are increasingly arriving in bright colours or fancy dress for celebratory ceremonies

People are turning away from churches and tears for family funerals in favour of celebrations at home, in the park, on the beach – or even the office.

One in two funeral directors say that they have been asked to arrange a ‘destination funeral’ rather than a church or crematorium.

Just as marriages have moved away from religious buildings and register offices, now people want to take funerals to new locations, introducing fun and even fancy dress to the occasion.

Source: Daily Mail, 8th September 2015


It seems like even the dead have to keep up with the Joneses, with bespoke funerals all the rage… according to the company behind this story:

Themed, bespoke funerals are becoming more popular, according to a study by Co-operative Funeralcare.

Sam Kershaw, Operations Director for The Co-operative Funeralcare said: ‘We are seeing is a culture shift in the way that we deal with loss. It’s becoming ever more common to hear people refer to funerals as a celebration of life.

‘As arranging a funeral is the last thing we’ll do for a person, it’s incredibly important to feel able to create truly unique and personal tribute to their life.’

Three guesses where you can get one of those bespoke, themed funerals…