More laughter and less tears: It’s all about celebratory send-offs

We don't have to stick to tradition

Have you ever spoken to your friends and family about what you would like for your funeral? It’s one of those things that we don’t like to think about, let alone talk about. Then when it comes down to it, we opt for a traditional funeral in the hope it’s what our loved one would have wanted. When in fact, according to new research from Co-op Funeralcare, people would much rather their friends and family cut the service and simply raise a glass to them at the local pub.

With people choosing festivals, beaches and restaurants as locations for their wake, I think it’s great to see that people are doing what they want and becoming more open to the idea of unique and alternative funerals.

Top 10 locations Brits would like their wake:

• Local pub
• At the family home
• Favourite restaurant
• On a beach
• A disco to take place at a bar/nightclub
• In the garden
• At a football club
• At a festival/gig
• At a community hall
• Abroad

Funerals should be completely tailored to the person who’s died, whether that means having a lavish, no expenses spared affair, or having a direct cremation followed by a get together in the local pub.

The fact that over half of people would consider a direct cremation for themselves speaks volumes and I bet most of those people have not yet made their family aware of this.

Personally, I think it’s so important that we become less nervous talking about death, it’s one of life’s inevitabilities and shouldn’t be shied away from. The more we talk about it, the less of a taboo it becomes. For me, I have no desire to have a funeral. I’m happy enough being put into a cardboard box and my friends and family having one big party.

I’m partnering with the Co-op today to encourage you to start thinking about what you would want, there’s more choice than ever in the funeral world which means even more decisions for families to make when the time comes.

It’s not easy talking about death, but if you know your own wishes and you tell your loved ones about them now, it can make things much easier at what will be a really sad time.

Janet Street-Porter


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