Friday 27 April 2018

'Move over' traditional hearses

AN Australian family has spoken of their shock after a man jumped out of the bushes and drove off in a hearse carrying the body of a relative just before his funeral.
AN Australian family has spoken of their shock after a man jumped out of the bushes and drove off in a hearse carrying the body of a relative just before his funeral.

Confronting your own death is a difficult process - everyone wants to be remembered in the right way.

And more people than ever are starting to turn to personalised funerals and ceremonies, including the hearse they are carried in.

There has been a distinct move away from the traditional funeral service.

- There are now more than 250 woodland burial sites in the UK - there was just one in 1993

- The number of Church of England funerals is falling by 3,000 a week

- While 75% of people opt for cremations - In 1930 that rate was less than 1% in the UK

But even these trends can't prepare funeral companies for some of the requests that come in.

So whether our dying wish is Buddist hearse or a gold Cadillac, more and more Brits are wanting to make sure they sign off in style.

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