6 Funeral Trends That Are Changing Death Rituals

A few interesting options worth investigating

by Leanne Pott, AARP, November 20, 2017

Photo by Sam Kaplan for AARP

Writing for AARP, Leanne Pott shares six new trends that are transforming funeral and burial processes in the United States.  She has not included the the Kiwi Coffin Clubs that are popping up in New Zealand where people create their own unique and often artist coffins.  Although, she does include themes about in home death preparations from In the Parlor.

She opens by noting that:

Last year, cremation surpassed traditional burials for the first time in the United States.

Traditional funerals are on their death bed. More people are skipping the two days of visitation, religious service and burial of an embalmed body in a casket that can cost as much as a used car, and instead opting for funerals that are easier on the planet and the budget. They’re going for more personal rituals, too, that break the rigid customs that became the norm in the 20th century. Here’s a look at what’s out there.”

In addition to cremations, she discusses the emerging popularity of water cremations, green burials, at-home funerals, therapy dogs, and creative ideas for “more interesting things to do with loved ones’ cremains than leave them in an urn. A British company will press them into a vinyl record with a custom song. Your local tattoo artist can mix them into tattoo ink and give you a custom tat in their honor. And an Alabama company will put them into the ammo of your choice so you can blast them to the afterlife in a one-gun salute. Because scattering ashes is so 2001.”

Free the full article on AARP.com at 6 Funeral Trends That Are Changing Death Rituals.