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One in 10 Brits considering live-streaming their funeral, study finds

One in 10 Brits would consider live-streaming their funeral, according to a study commissioned by funeral plan provider Avalon.

The study of 2,000 people showed that non-traditional funeral elements are popular, while more traditional elements are out of favour. Some 10% of the people surveyed would live-streaming their funeral on the internet for people who can’t make it to the service – rising to a quarter (24%) of 25-24-year-olds who would have their send-off streamed online. 

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Only a third (34%) want mourners to wear traditional black attire. People over the age of 55 were the most eager to ditch the drab clothes, with only 30% saying they’d still want mourners to wear black. 

The majority of Brits prefer the idea of friends and family wearing bright colours (36%), as under 5% said they’d want mourners to wear a football or sports strip. As well as, 2% of people also said they would want everyone to wear fancy dress to their funeral.

The research also showed, 22% would choose hymns or religious songs for their own funeral and nearly half (46%) said they’d want a non-religious service. 

A quarter (23%) of those surveyed said they’d want friends and family to hold a party or disco instead of a traditional wake, and nearly 1 in 10 (9.7%) said a themed funeral would be for them, such as a Star Wars or Harry Potter funeral. 

Meanwhile, nearly 40% of people said they’d consider an eco-friendly funeral. 

Susan Stevenson, CEO of Avalon Funeral Plans, said: “What we’re saying is a real shift in how we view funerals. People want a service that reflects who they are and what they believe in.

“The real question is, how do we talk to our loved ones about these wishes? We might have an idea of how we want to be remembered, but unless we tell others and put plans in place, we might not get the final send-off we want.” 

She added: “A prepaid funeral plan lets you do just that. With Avalon, you can make arrangements and pay for your funeral in advance so that your loved ones can rest assured that you’re getting the final farewell you wanted.”

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