From Del Boy to Darth Vader: Co-op Funeralcare shares its top 5 unique tributes

04 May 2017

Unique FuneralFrom a Halloween theme to a send-off fit for a superhero, the Co-op has today revealed its top 5 unique funerals conducted over the last 2 years.

Based on its experience in arranging approximately 100,000 funerals each year, the Co-op is seeing a shift towards the ceremonies becoming celebratory rather than sombre. Data from the nation’s leading funeral provider reveals that 66%* of UK adults say funerals are becoming more of a celebration of life and a further third of people claim they’d prefer a party to a wake.

Marking this trend, Co-op has identified the top 5 unique tributes conducted over the last 2 years. These are:

1. Halloween funeral – A funeral director dressed as Darth Vader isn’t something you see every day, however, it seemed apt for this Halloween-themed funeral. Beetlejuice and the Tasmanian Devil were amongst almost 100 guests in fancy dress.

2. Superhero Funeral – With Superman, Batman and Robin in attendance, this funeral gave the best send-off possible to a movie and comic book fan. With the Funeral Director dressed as She-Ra, guests included She-Hulk, Captain America and Buzz Lightyear.

3. Leopard-print Funeral – This funeral was carefully planned, right down to the last leopard print tie. Everyone in attendance was asked to wear a touch of the popular animal print to match the leopard print coffin and the deceased requested to be dressed in a Zelda costume to celebrate her love of gaming.

4. Only Fools and Horses funeral- A send-off fit for a comedy enthusiast, this funeral was based on popular TV show, Only Fools and Horses. A Del Boy Trotter hearse led the way, riding along to Morecambe and Wise's “Bring Me Sunshine’’ and the final touch was a unique order of service, which featured characters from a mix of popular TV shows.

5. Spiderman funeral– This ceremony was for a huge fan of Marvel superhero, Spiderman. As such, the funeral was tailored to the blue and red character with the funeral director donning full Spiderman attire and the funeral crew all dressed in Marvel ties. The personalisation didn’t stop there, the casket was dressed with Marvel stickers and each coffin handle was donned with Spiderman-style blue and red balloons. As the finishing touch, the hearse was topped with a giant Spiderman balloon.

David Collingwood, Head of Funeral Operations, commented:

“We are increasingly seeing this trend of personalisation within funerals, to reflect the passions and interests that our loved ones had while they were alive, rather than being a strictly sombre occasion. If a request is possible to do, our funeral directors and arrangers will do their utmost to make it happen.

“It has never been more important that we plan ahead, having conversations with our friends and family about our wishes. Not only so that we take our final journey in the way we would’ve wanted, but also to alleviate some of the pain for our grieving families by removing those important decisions which can cause distress. As such, we are increasingly seeing more and more people looking at pre-planning and pre-paying for their funeral with Co-op Prepayment Plans.”

Notes to Editors:

Images and full funeral details available upon request.

*Based on consumer and industry data. Consumer research was conducted by ICM among over 2000 UK adults aged 18 and above, across all regions in the UK.

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