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Themed funerals becoming a celebration of life

Many people prefer to have a party rather than a wake after a funeral.

Funerals are becoming a celebration of someone’s life rather than sombre occasions, with themes including Halloween or superhero, a report reveals.

The Co-op said it was finding an increasing trend for personalised funerals, reflecting the interests of the person being buried or cremated.

Most adults believe funerals are now a celebration, with many preferring to have a party afterwards rather than a wake, said the Co-op, which arranges around 100,000 funerals a year.

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Recent unusual funerals included a funeral director dressed as Darth Vader in a Halloween-themed event, mourners dressed as Superman, Batman and Robin, everyone wearing a leopard print item of clothing and a funeral based on the TV series Only Fools and Horses.

David Collingwood, head of funeral operations at the Co-op, said: “We are increasingly seeing this trend of personalisation within funerals, to reflect the passions and interests that our loved ones had while they were alive, rather than being a strictly sombre occasion.

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Pallbearers dressed as superheroes (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“If a request is possible to do, our funeral directors and arrangers will do their utmost to make it happen. It has never been more important that we plan ahead, having conversations with our friends and family about our wishes.

“Not only so that we take our final journey in the way we would’ve wanted, but also to alleviate some of the pain for our grieving families by removing those important decisions which can cause distress.”

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