More and more funerals are being treated as a celebration of a person’s life rather than a sombre event, according to a new report.
The Co-op, which arranges more than 100,000 funerals a year, has said it’s finding an increasing trend for personalised funerals that reflect the interests of the person being buried or cremated.
In some cases, this even includes superhero or Halloween-themed funerals.
Most adults now believe funerals are a celebration, with many preferring to have a party afterwards rather than a wake, the Co-op said.
Recent unusual funerals included one where the funeral director was dressed as Darth Vader, and another where mourners dressed as Superman, Batman and Robin at a superhero-themed funeral.
In another, everyone was asked to wear a leopard print item of clothing.
And one person even had a funeral based on Only Fools and Horses.
David Collingwood, head of funeral operations at the Co-op, said: ‘We are increasingly seeing this trend of personalisation within funerals, to reflect the passions and interests that our loved ones had while they were alive, rather than being a strictly sombre occasion.
‘If a request is possible to do, our funeral directors and arrangers will do their utmost to make it happen.
‘It has never been more important that we plan ahead, having conversations with our friends and family about our wishes.
‘Not only so that we take our final journey in the way we would’ve wanted, but also to alleviate some of the pain for our grieving families by removing those important decisions which can cause distress.’