The notoriously prude UK public is starting to lighten up a little. Death is not something that we’ve been comfortable talking about, but this is changing.
The UK seems to have gone a bit American and we are beginning to see funerals as “end of life celebrations” as our friends across the pond call them, Why not? Celebrating your life is not such a bad idea. An end of life celebration will create a memory and you can still have a traditional funeral as well. In this article we are going to explore a range of funeral ideas, that you might want to consider.
Most of us have heard of wedding co-ordinators, but increasingly we are talking funeral co-ordinators. People have many different funeral ideas and are hired to organise your funeral, making the most of the day.
If you have lived all of your life in the East End of London, you may want to celebrate your life with a traditional knees-up in your local pub. Invite a Pearley Queen and King, and the guests at your funeral may find themselves singing into the small hours.
Traditional burial or cremation?
There is no longer a need for a traditional burial and this is becoming a less popular option for many. Choosing to be cremated is an option and can is often a cheaper choice. You don’t have the expense and maintenance of a burial plot to worry about after a cremation.
Once you have been cremated, you can choose to have your ashes scattered almost anywhere. Of course, many still have their ashes scattered in a churchyard, but that is not the only option you have available. You can have your ashes scattered from an old bi-plane over the cliffs of Dover or in your favourite bunker on your golf course.
Even though you have had your ashes scattered, a permanent memorial can still be put in place for you. Many families choose a park bench in a favourite setting or a memorial plaque somewhere special.
Walk in with a band
The UK is now such a melting pot of people, funeral ideas are coming in from other countries. We have been quick to adopt the end of life celebration from the United States, but that is not the only American funeral idea which is popular in the UK.
Increasingly we are seeing more New Orleans style funerals take place. This is a great way to celebrate someone’s life. The mournes all walk to the churchyard while a band plays. You don’t have to go for New Orleans style jazz or blues. Choose your own music genre to celebrate your life.
Live streaming funerals
Thanks to the Internet, many of us have made friends all over the world. If we are fortunate enough, we can go to visit them and spend time outside of cyberspace enjoying their company. But, what happens when we die? If your best Facebook buddy lives in Australia, he or she may not make it to the UK on short notice.
Live streaming a funeral is now one of the latest funeral ideas, As with everything else, this new funeral idea started in the United States, but was quickly adopted by the Australians and New Zealanders. Recently, it has very much caught on in the UK.
Some object to the idea and your average funeral director will not be able to handle the arrangements. This is where the idea of using a funeral co-ordination service comes in. The funeral coordinator will take care of everything from the sit-down dinner to the live streaming event.
There is nothing wrong with live streaming a funeral. It gives friends and family who can’t make it to your funeral a chance to say goodbye in their own way. Perhaps it is a good way to give friends and family who can’t make it closure. It is nice to say goodbye no matter whereabouts in the world you are located.
Funeral ideas from Taiwan
The people of Taiwan have their own take on funerals. By Western standards, their funeral traditions may be seen as shocking.
The idea behind a Taiwanese funeral service is to make it as big as possible, The Taiwanese like to draw a crowd in and they do it in more than one way. It is not uncommon to hire strippers and other entertainers to amuse the crowd at a funeral in Taiwan.
This very unique funeral idea is still to take off in the UK, but it is one of those funeral traditions from around the world which may eventually be adopted by globe-trotting Brits. If you want to throw a big party, you may as well make the most out of it.
Chinese lantern celebrations
In China, and other Far East countries, the end of life is often celebrated by sending up paper lanterns. You simply write your own personal message to the deceased, attach it to the lantern and let the lantern rise to the sky thanks to a candle its cradle.
Looking at the tradition, it is a nice idea. You get a chance to say goodbye in a very personal way. Sending your own message in this way leaves many people with closure. Also, it looks pretty with all of those paper lanterns drifting off into the night sky.
Restrictions in the UK
Yes, there are some restrictions on funeral practices and burials in the UK. This is why it is important to get a funeral director or coordinator involved. In some countries such as Spain, you can have the deceased’s body transported to the crematorium and pick up the ashes a couple of hours later.
While you can scatter someone’s ashes almost anywhere in the UK, there are only a few locations where you can bury a deceased’s body. The tradition is still to bury a body in a cemetery, and this is not likely to change.
A professional funeral director will help you to take all of the stress out of the day. While it is never going to be an enjoyable event, our attitude towards the end of life is beginning to change. It is slowly becoming more of a celebration than a sad occasion.