An end-of-life celebration brings life back into the funeral by remembering the deceased in a positive and uplifting manner.
More and more people, particularly baby boomers, are planning end celebrations as a way for their loved ones to celebrate their life, rather than focusing on their death.
More than half of the population (54%) would rather have a celebratory send-off than a simple church service, and almost half (48%) opt for their funeral to reflect their favorite music or football theme.
A Burger King Celebration
As a tribute and final remembrance of their Dad, a family in York, PA drove through a Burger King driveway for one final Whopper Jr. This memorial may seem out of the ordinary, but it was a compliment to what represented David S. Kime Jr. lifetime.
“His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the WHOPPER JR,” said Linda Phiel, one of Kime’s three daughters. “He always lived by his own rules.”
The Hearse is a Digger
These days nothing is too much “outside the box.” Billy Jones, of Bridgend, UK, who died at 83, drove a JCB yellow digger, also known as a tractor in the US, for 40 years. His end-of-life celebration idea was, his body to be carried in a yellow digger as his final passage. Jones’ family respected his final wishes at his funeral.
It is a Cultural Shift
There’s been a major cultural shift in how funerals are implemented. Requests over the last five years have included fireworks, live jazz at the graveside, and even a Jimmy Buffet-themed funeral.
For those who want to personalize their casket or urn, more and more funeral homes are catering to the demands by creating idiosyncratic casket designs.