Hi everyone, my name is AnaMae Merton. I recently lost my birth parents during a heavy storm. Their deaths left me reeling, though we were not very close. Furthermore, I was the only surviving kin, so it was my job to arrange the funerals for both of them. The funeral arrangement process was incredibly difficult without knowing much about their personalities or passions. I struggled to find the best songs, outfits, caskets, burial sites and flowers. Luckily, the funeral director helped me identify suitable options for my birth parents' funerals. I hope to help people understand all of the different funeral arrangement options available today. Please visit my site anytime to learn more.
In the last few years, innovative trends in funeral services took over the industry by storm. Mourners buried their loved ones in biodegradable coffins, and more families were opting for cremation rather than traditional burials. Furthermore, there was more focus on tombstone design, making the gravesite reflective of the deceased person's preferences and goals.
2020 has started with additional trends that continue to revolutionize burials. You can expect to see families focusing on a celebration of life, appreciating what the person achieved while they were still around. Here are some of the biggest trends in the funerals industry for 2020 and how you can incorporate them into your late loved one's burial planning.
1. Increased focus on the family
When a loved one passes away, it is close family and friends who are most heavily impacted. But many traditional funerals didn't prioritize the immediate family enough. There was more focus on procedures, norms, and "rules" that didn't necessarily align with the interests of direct family members.
In 2020, you can expect to see more funeral homes working closely with family members during the planning phase. The goal is to make things much more personalized, prioritizing family preferences along every step of the way. Many funeral staff, including directors, seek family feedback when exploring coffin designs, flowers, embalming procedures, and much more.
2. Celebrating one's life
As much as most weddings are filled with grief and other heavy emotions, this is also an excellent time to reflect on how your loved ones lived their life. More families are using funerals to remind others of what their loved one stood for, their achievements, and their vision of a better world.
Such inspiring stories can be used by others for inspiration and to create a legacy for the deceased. In this way, funerals are evolving from mostly somber occasions into inspirational get-togethers for the entire family.
3. Technology-filled gravestones
Technology is at the forefront of almost every industry, and the funeral sector hasn't been left behind. In a largely traditional scene, gravestones are now being fitted with interactive features that breathe life into an area where there would otherwise be none. Lighting and smart features are only the beginning, as grave sites are also incorporating QR codes to link digital media to a loved one's place of burial. For example, visitors can simply scan a QR code and access pictures from the funeral or albums of the deceased when they were still alive.
4. Planning early
Advanced planning isn't completely new in the funeral world. However, more packages are being developed by funeral homes to help insulate families against the high upfront costs of burial. Families now have the option to explore crowdfunding, short-term insurance plans, extended payment installments, and much more.