People are increasingly looking for ways to personalize the big, important moments of their lives. Graduations, weddings and baby showers are often viewed as opportunities to show off the things that make us unique individuals. With this in mind, it makes sense that people would want this to continue even after their death.
Here are five ways you could personalize your own funeral:
Customised coffins & urns
At many funerals, the coffin or urn holding the deceased’s remains is often a large focus of the service. This could be an opportunity to let your personality shine through.
A customized coffin or urn could be decorated in a way that speaks to your life, passions or hobbies.
There are many options available beyond a standard hardwood coffin. Customized coffins and urns are available in nearly every color.
Others can come printed with a pattern or photo, a sport team logo or a favorite poem. It’s really up to you and your imagination.
If you’d like an even more personal touch, see if there’s a coffin club in your area. These informal organisations help people build their own coffins from plain wood, which you can paint yourself before you pass away.
You could even leave it bare, and ask your family to do the final decorating as they prepare for the funeral.
Travel in style
Another way to personalize your funeral service is by choosing a non-conventional way to move the body.
While a black hearse has become the usual method of moving a person’s remains from the service to the cemetery, it’s not required. There are many inventive ways to do this that could better reflect your life and personality.
A horse-drawn carriage is still sometimes used in funeral services. If you’re a horse owner, you may wish to have your loyal steed be part of the day in this way.
Other ideas are to pick a mode of transportation that reflects your career or hobbies. For example, a farmer might choose to be transported by a tractor.
You might instead want to be towed behind a fleet of motorcycles, in a boat or by a classic car. If caring for the environment is important to you, then an electric or hybrid vehicle could be a nod towards that passion.
My kind of music
More and more people are having their favorite tunes played at their funeral rather than sticking with religious hymns or classical music.
While some places of worship may frown on this, more often than not you can play whatever music you like during the service…
Continue reading the article and learn more about funerals on Daisy Linden’s blog.