On Reinventing Funerals

American culture is constantly evolving. So it’s only natural that our perception and response to death follows the same course.

Traditionally, there were some cases of cremation, but most people were buried. A service was held, a preacher or priest did what they needed to do, the procession went to a cemetery, the body was buried, and everyone left or grabbed a bite to eat.

Today, the concept of a funeral is moving towards a renewed celebration of life. Plays instead of services are being held with actors and scripts brought forth in the deceased’s honor. Family BBQs and games are played that were once favored by the deceased. Even honors such as completing a hike once enjoyed by the departed are now more common.

Companies such as Eternal Reefs are surging in popularity. This burial option helps protect and restore fragile ecosystems. Cremated remains are melded into concrete artificial reefs and then placed into the ocean (with the GPS coordinates given to the family).

It’s a renewed look at life, in the course of death. And funeral directors everywhere are beginning to bring more options to life, with renewed public awareness and perception.

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