Has the British funeral transformed?

June 19, 2015   //   No Comments

BBC Online recently reported that the stiff upper lip is now absent from the average British funeral. Now it’s a time to be joyful.

Instead of mourning the loved one and looking ahead to the afterlife, it seems that British funerals are increasingly becoming a time to celebrate the deceased’s life through memories of his or her triumphs, relationships and favourite songs.  Less popular now are the traditional sombre mood and black clothing.  According to a 2014 survey, Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” is more likely to be played at a funeral than Verdi’s Requiem.

An ICM survey of 2,000 people discovered that 54% wanted their funeral to be a “celebration of life”, whilst 48% wanted it to include their favourite “hobby, colour, football team or music”. Crematoriums – where nearly three-quarters of British funerals now end – are virtually always equipped with audio visual systems that allow video clips to be played.

The full report may be viewed on the BBC website.