Do you fear your death? The feeling of loss is sad and so is having to plan and attend a funeral filled with teary-eyed people dressed head to toe in black. Wouldn’t it be better if we were to celebrate the life the person lived, rather than be sad they’re no longer here? Sure, it’s easier said than done…but it’s not totally unheard of.
According to The Guardian, a national study asked people what kind of funeral they would like to have. The results showed that 41 per cent of them preferred their funeral to be a celebratory occasion for family and friends, recognizing the good and happy times they lived. Twenty per cent also said they’ll ask mourners at to ditch black for bright colours.
Cue some booming non-traditional funeral tunes!
And the Brits aren’t fooling around—there have been some seriously non-traditional funerals reported.
One took place at McDonald’s, a place the person who passed, loved. The people attending celebrated by passing through the drive thru, parking and releasing red balloons up into the air. After they went into the fast food chain to enjoy some McD’s. At another, the undertakers wore red noses for an 86-year-old man who spent his life as a magician and clown.
As Co-op Funeralcare’s (the U.K.’s biggest funeral chain) funeral director puts it, “we all lead unique lives and our final goodbye should definitely reflect that”. So, it doesn’t mean that we have to put on an improv comedy routine together at the funeral (unless you’re into that). It could simply mean replacing the all black dress code, with brighter, happier colours.
Would you replace a sad funeral with a happier celebration of life? Perhaps, at your fave restaurant?