Popular Cremation, Burial & Funeral Trends
New & Innovative Funeral Service Trends
Just as trends in clothing, music and interior home design change throughout the years, the same goes for the funeral industry. Traditional funerals, which consist of a visitation, funeral then cemetery service, continue to fall to the wayside in lieu of more modern customs. AG Peters & Son, Inc., a funeral equipment supplier, highlights the top 12 funeral trends that are becoming the norm in our industry.
12 Trends in Planning a Funeral, Cremation or Celebration of Life Ceremony
Preplanning Funeral Services: Few things in life are as stressful as planning an unexpected funeral for your loved one. Funeral preplanning allows you to plan and pay for your preferred burial or cremation service to take some of the burden off of your family.
Donations in lieu of Flowers: Some families opt to turn this sad time into an opportunity to help a charity meaningful to their loved one who has passed.
Livestreaming Funeral Service: The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we operate on a day-to-day basis, especially when it comes to funerals. In order to properly honor a loved one, services had to be livestreamed or socially distanced in many circumstances.
Cremation Jewelry: Keep your loved one close to you by keeping their ashes within a piece of cremation jewelry. Choose from a wide variety of necklaces, charms, bracelets, pendants and much more.
Personalized Urns: Cremation urns can be customized in a wide variety of ways to memorialize your family member. Popular engravings include photos, symbols and/or quotes to be prominently displayed in your home.
Eco-friendly: Between green burials, biodegradable caskets, scattering ashes and more, sustainable practices in all areas of life are extremely popular.
Memorial Gardens: Similar to an eco-friendly burial, memorial gardens allow an entire community to come together and celebrate the life of a loved one passed on.
Celebration of Life Parties: Gone are the days of sad, somber funeral services. One of the most popular funeral trends that’s here to stay are celebration of life parties complete with light music, photos, videos and sharing stories.
Highly Personalized Touches: Included in the celebration of life services are highly personalized touches based on the life on your loved one. These can range from a doughnut wall to sports team decorations, choice of music and much more.
Non-traditional Cremation Burials: As space and land are more and more difficult to come by, families need an alternative to traditional burial. Alternatives include mausoleums, scattering gardens and memorial plaques. Companies are now offering ways to turn ashes into diamonds, solid glass orb, polished rocks and more!
Active Participation: Whether it is washing & dressing the body, pushing the button to begin the cremation process or digging a portion of the grave, many families chose to participate in these acts for closure.
Online Support: Telehealth has become necessary throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Online and phone support for grieving families is available through a variety of mediums and is usually covered under your insurance policy.