Funerals these days can be radically different than the standard services of the past. While the classic funeral where the deceased is embalmed for a viewing, there is a church service, and then a processional to a cemetery for the deceased to be buried will always be around, there are more options available now than ever before. People are more likely than ever to customize a funeral for themselves or a loved one, based on personal preference or to honor the personality of the deceased. The following is a list of funeral trends that are you will be seeing more of in the coming year.
A century or two ago, it wasn't unusual for a wake or a viewing to be held at home. The family washed and cared for their loved one and took them to their final resting place. There is a movement to return to this type of home care, for a variety of reasons including environmental concerns with the chemicals used for embalming, a return to a more natural lifestyle, and also rising funeral costs. This type of funeral is also perfectly legal; you may keep the body in your home for up to three days.
Many funeral homes are now providing the option of a green funeral. These are funerals that are less harmful to the environment. There are several different ways to have a green funeral. If the deceased prefers to be buried, then he/she can be placed in a ethically sourced wood coffin without being embalmed. The body will go back into the ground, naturally, with minimal environmental impact. There is also options like having the ashes placed in a biodegradable urn that turns into a plant or tree once the urn is placed into soil.
Keeping ashes in an urn will always be a classic choice, but there are many different creative options available for preserving a loved one's cremains. From having your ashes pressed into a record, to having them made into gemstones under high heat and pressure, there seem to be new ways to preserve cremains everyday. Your creativity doesn't have be limited by whatever is available. With the invention of 3-D printers, your imagination is the only limit for the type of receptacle that can be designed. There are even companies that will take the ashes and use a 3-D printer so that the cremains are part of the object.
For more information, contact companies like Healey Funeral Home.