Funeral services don’t have to be held at a churchyard or crematorium. Unusual locations are becoming more commonplace.
According to a nationwide survey of Co-op funeral directors, 77% have had requests for a funeral to be held in a non-traditional religious setting.
Can I have a funeral anywhere?
The list of most unusual included requests to hold a service next to a snooker table with the deceased’s coffin on top; on a bus; and even at a McDonald’s Drive Thru.
Other unconventional venues requested included a zoo, a teepee, and a cattle auction house.
Several people wanted a sports-related send-off. Examples included ceremonies next to the 18th hole on a golf course and at cricket and football clubs Glossop Cricket Club and Notts County FC respectively.
Perhaps the oddest request was “next to a busy bypass”. We can only assume that the deceased was a keen driver.
… all this in the past 5 years
The findings were published in a report entitled Burying Tradition: The Changing Face of UK Funerals, which also explores trends from 500,000 funerals held over the past five years.
There’s nothing wrong with tradition, of course. As the Co-op report says: “It is known that in many cases, having a traditional service as part of a cremation or a burial can help bereaved people come to terms with and understand their grief.”
The benefit of a funeral plan is it lets you specify the fine details in advance – as much or as little as you wish.
So don’t take the risk of hoping that your nearest and dearest notice your love of cricket or snooker.
With a funeral plan, you can list your requirements in advance and spare relatives the anguish of wondering what to do when the time comes.
A funeral plan will also save them money by ensuring that the cost won’t come out of your estate.