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Personalised funerals are on the rise

Out of the ordinary funerals are on the rise, says a new survey. Personalised requests within the last 12 months include:

  • A parrot themed coffin,
  • Order of service stationery designed in the shape of tractor for a farmer
  • Floral displays in the shape of a glass of Baileys
  • Funerals performed with the Senior Funeral Director wearing traditional Highland dress surrounded by pipers

Research from Central England Co-operative Funeralcare colleagues has revealed that there is an increasing public demand for out of the ordinary funeral transport and flowers, as people look to have a greater say on planning and personalising their own send-off.

A survey of Central England Co-operative Funeralcare colleagues reported that they are now, more than ever, receiving requests from families to personalise all elements of funerals in a bid to make each service unique to the person involved.

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This shift towards personalisation has also coincided with a notable rise in people opting to sign up to pre-paid funeral plans or to fill out a funeral wishes form to ensure they get the tailored send-off that they want and also to ensure that the costs do not fall on their family following their death.

A special series of films produced to highlight the work of the Funeralcare team explain how the personal touch is on the rise when it comes to funerals. People can watch the films by visiting

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