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Celebrating Life

Times are changing and while passing into the next life may be the only thing that’s guaranteed, the ceremony has evolved from a time of mourning to a time of celebration.

Many people today are opting for a ‘celebrating of life’ instead of a traditional mournful service. In Brittan, you’re more likely to hear Monty Python’s, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (according to a survey in 2014) than Verdi’s Requiem.

The same survey in 2014 showed that 54% of individuals wanted their funeral to be a ‘celebration of life’ and 48% of them wanted to have their favourite hobbies, colours, sport teams and music involved in the day.

Notable funerals such as Joan Rivers’ were opened up by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus performing a series of Broadway show tunes.

There are no limits to what you are able to achieve with a little bit of creativity and joy in your heart for your loved one. While a celebration of life funeral may not be for everyone, it can always be an unexpected day to attend and many seem to enjoy the change of pace from a traditional somber day of mourning.

Many caskets and coffins can be personalised to an individuals tastes. For instance, some have been modified to replicate the shape of airplanes, pineapples, pointe ballet shoes, and the ever-iconic Nokia 3310.

In an upcoming blog post we talk about the unique ways to disperse the cremated ashes of your loved ones including incorporating a small part into fireworks for a one of a kind send off.

The ideas to celebrate your loved ones are endless. A passing doesn’t have to be a sad affair on the day, by bringing the best parts of them into the day, everyone will have a chuckle at the good times had and it can make the mourning process easier as time moves forward.