PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Funerals do not always have to be such a somber occasion, according to Oliverie Funeral Home
. When a loved one has passed, it is never an exciting event. However, some families have begun indulging in unique traditions that are making funerals much more light-hearted and enjoyable. One such example is a service that was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a mourning family played the theme song to The Lawrence Welk Show while blowing bubbles.
A recent article
published in Detroit Free Press discusses how many families are starting to forgo somber funeral processions in favor of a light-hearted tribute to their deceased loved ones. These offbeat funerals are often focused on aspects that the deceased used to enjoy. Recent funerals contained activities that focused on motorcycles, hunting, fishing, popsicles, and even beer.
Oliverie Funeral Home states that these untraditional funerals are becoming more mainstream amongst people who do not follow a specific religion. Approximately 20 percent of Americans do not fall into any type of religious affiliation and this number is only increasing. Therefore, non-traditional funeral services will become more prominent in the following years.
Experts state how there are other factors that contribute to this new practice. Nowadays, memories of a deceased person are often shared in a tribute page on a social media website like Facebook. Also, Baby Boomers and members of Generation X are finding offbeat services much more favorable, as well as people who choose cremation. Some people who wish to uphold both traditional and non-traditional services have found a way to combine both factors into one funeral.
As mentioned previously, one funeral played The Lawrence Welk Show's theme song while interring the deceased. This was accompanied by crossword puzzles and polka music that substituted for religious hymns.
Ministers and funeral directors notice that people are truly enjoying themselves during these practices. They are reminded of the good times that they shared with the deceased and are able to relive good memories even though they are gone. While the families do mourn their loss, they are still finding time to reminisce about the wonderful experience they had with their loved ones.
"People who go to funerals are feeling a variety of emotions," says an Oliverie Funeral Home associate. "Usually, when they go to see the deceased, they remember the good times that they had. This lets them feel happy and joyous because they realizing how much the deceased meant to them. But they also feel sad because they are gone. What these new, offbeat funerals are doing is really great because it finds the perfect balance between sadness and happiness. It's healthy to experience both emotions during the mourning process. And in dark times, happiness can make a world of difference."
Oliverie Funeral Home is excited to see an increase of offbeat funeral services in the future.
Oliverie Funeral Home is a full-service parlor that operates in Ocean County, Manchester Township, New Jersey. They offer a vast array of funeral services like memorials, cremation, and flower arrangements. An experienced grief counselor is on hand and ready to help out with mourning families. Some customers can also take advantage of grief-management modules. Many satisfied customers have shared their appreciation of Oliverie Funeral Home and are happy with the services that they received. The parlor helps out with various organizations like Manchester Little League and the United Way.