A contemporary funeral is for those who want a funeral to be a more personal and individual expression of the life, values and character of the person who has died. These funerals are often less formal, with a higher level of participation by family and friends. The funeral might be for someone younger, perhaps a babyboomer born after 1940.
If a formal hearse, perhaps the classic Mercedes, a coffin that makes a statement, a ceremony that reflects individual beliefs, music from their era, as likely to be Pink Floyd as Pachelbel. At these funerals, a few touches can make all the difference, or you can be wildly unconventional.
At Heart & Soul Funerals we start with a clean sheet of paper, listen to exactly what you want the funeral to be like and help you to bring that to fruition. Because we are not only funeral directors, but also funeral celebrants, we can integrate the two roles so that they match each other, not just the words and music, but also the flowers, coffin, cars and venue. We find that, as long as the funeral reflects the character of the person who has died, everyone is fine with even quite unconventional elements – in fact the usual feedback from those who have not been to this type of funeral before is “That’s the best funeral I have ever been to. I didn’t know it could be like one. That’s what I want!”