July 10, 2011
Services have gradually becoming more personal, with videos and favourite songs, Firth says. “We’re in this generation where people want to make a statement about who you are, or who you were.” The traditional lilies-and-organmusic formula is no longer a given. (Cartoonist Adrian Raeside once placed an obituary in the Times Colonist in which he asked mourners to send singlemalt scotch and Cuban cigars in lieu of flowers.)
“Funeral directors are becoming event planners as much as death-care providers,” Firth says. Trade publications predict funeral homes’ greatest competition will come not from churches, but from hotels and golf courses vying for the “celebration-of-life” market. Choices, choices, choices can lead to family discord, even fistfights at funerals (which, frankly, I would pay good money to see).
Read the full article in Times Colonist
Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide for altering us to this article.