Putting the “fun” in funeral

A new trend in funerals is to make them more fun: magicians, death cafés, chocolate caskets, and much more are obtained for non-traditional events upon the death of a loved one. Huffington Post reports:

The wide range of what’s considered “creative” or “unusual” when burying a loved one means there are little to no statistics on such practices, but industry experts say redesigning the standard funeral is increasingly popular. For the 2.5 million Americans who die each year, families are “making funeral decisions based on different values than previous generations,” said Jessica Koth, a spokeswoman for the National Funeral Directors Association.

funeral.jpgCremations are now used in 43 percent of deaths, and environmentally friendly “green funerals” are becoming more common. From customizing the casket to offering surprising music, costumes, themes and performances at the service, families are “seeking experiences that are different than those they perceive as part of a ‘traditional’ funeral,” said Koth.

Cultural, religious and political upheaval in the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s led to more diverse views about death, noted Gary Laderman, a professor of religious studies at Emory University and author of Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America. And, as those in the baby boomer generation age, that has led to more recent changes in how people imagine their funerals.

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And I thought I was alone in wanting people to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for a recessional.

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