Just as modern life changes with emerging technology and a new generation’s values, funeral customs evolve with it. This means more opportunities for families to plan a funeral service that truly honors and celebrates their loved one’s life.
FAQ About How Funerals Have Changed Over Time
What New Options Have Emerged?
In the past, many funerals were planned around a religious tradition. Families today are more diverse than ever and may choose to honor many religious customs or none at all. While saying goodbye is a sad time for relatives and friends, many take a celebratory approach, with laughter and tears in equal measure as people tell heart-warming anecdotes about the deceased.
How Has Technology Changed Funeral Planning?
Today’s funerals often include digital slide shows, video presentations and customized music playlists with the deceased’s favorite songs. For friends and family who are unable to attend, technology now enables loved ones to watch on the internet or their cell phone via live streaming apps.
Who Attends Modern Funerals?
Not too long ago, children were not frequently seen at funerals, and those who did attend were not active participants. Today, young people can be a beautiful reminder of a family’s generational longevity and hopes for the future. They can be invited to participate with readings or songs, or even join in the planning. Today’s funeral directors are more prepared than ever to help families navigate the planning process as well as the bereavement process through grief support.
When Are Funerals Held?
In the past, funeral services typically occurred in less than a week with two days of mourning; one for the memorial, the second day for the burial service. Today, as families have far-flung members living out-of-state, or even overseas, they are choosing to allow more time so more people can be in attendance. It's for this same reason, more people are opting to hold both the memorial and the burial services on the same day.
Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory, with locations in Muskogee and Wagoner, Oklahoma, has been attending to the community’s funeral planning needs for decades. You can trust Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory to serve you with the respect and compassion you need most when planning a service for your loved on. To speak with a licensed funeral director, call (918) 485-9525. If you are interested in pre-planning a service, visit their website to learn more.