Article by blackpoolgazette.co.uk – Mourners are turning away from tearful funeral services at church in favour of more elaborate celebrations, it has today been revealed.
According to new research by a major funeral provider, there is an increasing trend of favourite songs being played, photographs on coffins and funerals being held in gardens, beauty spots or even sports venues.
Co-operative Funeralcare found coffins have been transported by bus, motorcycle, Cadillac, tandem bicycle or horse-drawn carriage, with a Buddhist funeral hearse, pictured above at North Pier in Blackpool, available for hire.
Fleetwood man Darren Abey, pictured, agreed there has been a change in attitude to funerals. Darren, 49, of Oxford Road, runs a motorcycle transit company and an alternative Delboy Trotter-themed funeral business, Only Fools and Hearses.
It includes one of the original, yellow Reliant Regals used in the famous sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, and a yellow trailer which contains the coffin. This year, at his own dad Stuart’s funeral, he also trialled a new feature – a sports-themed hearse based around his dad’s love of horse-racing.
Now Darren is offering funerals designed around sports like football, rugby, golf and cricket. He said: “These days it’s all about celebrating the person’s life and their individuality.