I noticed this when my father died a few years back and the funeral director suggested we have a funeral service that reflected my dad’s life and story rather than a generic one-size-fits-all funeral service. To be honest, I was a little taken back. Especially when he told me stories of recent funerals that were quite creative and personal. Which is kind of what we did for my dad.
There really IS a trend here and other people are noticing also. A article published yesterday entitled “Emerging Funeral Trend: Its Not Your Grandfather’s Funeral Anymore” discusses this trend among baby boomers to have designer funerals that are tailored rather than off-the-shelf.
“Celebrants help grieving families by working with family members to plan original funeral services that truly reflect someone’s personality and lifestyle and help begin the healing process.”
Some might say its a part of our individualistic culture, and there might be truth in that. But the other side is that funeral and memorial services are not designed to keep the funeral home staff happy or to keep tradition for the sake of tradition but rather for those who have come to remember.