Listen Now: Putting the Fun in Funerals With Final Bow Celebrations
The funeral home business may be dying, just as celebrations of life are taking off.
According to a fascinating article in the Washington Post, the traditional funeral as we know it is dying. By example, Los-Angeles-based Final Bow Productions puts together celebration of life events for clients who wish to honor the lives of their dearly departed, rather than sit through expensive time-honored funerals that can average about nine thousand dollars.
As Final Bow’s producer, Alison Bossert, is quoted in the Post article, none of us are going to get out of this alive. We can’t control how or when we die, but we can say how we want to be remembered.
According to the Post, end of life ceremonies are being personalized. Golf course cocktail send-offs, backyard potluck memorials, more hawaiian shirts, fewer dark suits. It seems families want to put the fun in funerals. and saying goodbye is a growing business, thanks to more baby boomers meeting their maker.
Some traditional funeral homes are now hiring event planners, sensing a seismic shift in the death industry.
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