Previously we mentioned that one of the main reasons why people put off making a will or getting a funeral plan in place is their fear of speaking to lawyers.

Another obvious reason is this: who on earth enjoys thinking about their own death, let alone talking about it and even planning it?

If the conversation took place in your own home, though, in your favourite armchair, perhaps with your partner or children present, you might think differently. You might even enjoy it when you hear about the kind of things people decide to do to see themselves out of this world.

Creating a funeral plan is very popular with people who are changing a will or getting a new one. It’s the way you can slowly save up for the inevitable funeral costs – sparing your loved ones an expensive shock later – and decide exactly how you’d like everybody to see you on your way.

Funerals no longer have to be deathly solemn. In this techno-savvy day and age, people all over the world are changing the way we commemorate our loved ones – with varying degrees of creativity.

Five creative ideas for your funeral plan

  1. Cremations are the most popular forms of end-of-life services. It is generally less expensive than burial, takes up less space and is greener for the planet. Also, it allows for a choice in where to have the ashes scattered.
  2. Many people prefer the idea of their loved ones ‘celebrating’ their life rather than ‘mourning’ their passing. From balloons and fireworks to quirky themes, live bands and videos, the nature of funerals has come a long way from the traditional picture of black clothing, rainy cemeteries and sobbing relatives.
    Flamboyant, wrapped caskets, gravestones with photos and audio – there really is no limit.
  3. The more technically-minded funeral planners use social media and online memorials. It might sound surprising, but it’s a great way for friends and loved ones far afield to share in the day. They can share obituaries and even donate to charity – a popular choice of many. Some funerals are livestreamed through social media sites, or recorded and made available as video later on online channels.
  4. There are eco-friendly funeral options available, too. As well as cremation gaining popularity, biodegradable caskets and specific burial rites are on the rise.
  5. You don’t have to be of a specific faith any more to receive an official send-off. Virtually every religion you can think of (and some you’ve never heard of) can be represented and honoured at a funeral. Poems are often read instead of bible readings; favourite pop songs or television theme tunes can be played on a sound system, replacing the church organ or bagpipes. Before the 1980s, most people opted for a religious ceremony even if they weren’t religious … but now, most a more determined to have a parting ceremony that is more true themselves.

The options are endless. And when you start to think about it, talk about and laugh about it, it’s amazing how quickly the discomfort disappears from the room. It feels good to know what’s going to happen in the future – as far, far away as it is …