In 1999, Time gave the famous Abbot and Costello comedy routine, Who’s on First, it’s designation as the Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th Century. If you’ve never heard it, you should take a listen; but in a nutshell, it’s a hilarious parody of a conversation of double-talk and gobbledygook.
On the surface, it doesn’t seem to have anything in common with cemetery or funeral services. Of course in content, it doesn’t. But the utterly confusing delivery of information is similar to the confusing information about the current state of funeral services.
In the past, there was a widely accepted template for the traditional funeral service. While everyone dreaded attending a service, they knew and understood what to expect. Flash forward to the present and the traditional funeral is just one option of a plethora of other options. Celebrations of Life, memorial services, funeral parties and destination funerals are all part of the conversation these days.
The driving force behind these changes is the rise in cremation. While cremation simply isn’t for everyone, it has gained wide acceptance in our culture and is expected to continue growing as an option. Cremation provides timing flexibility that traditional funeral services just can’t offer. And with the additional flexibility, options become available.
We are in the process of building our Celebration of Life Campus where the Arlington Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center will be located. We are embracing the fact that traditions change just like everything else. The campus will be unlike any other venue in our region and while we will personalize services to match the wishes of those using the facilities, including the traditional funeral, we are preparing to provide very personalized experiences. We’ll talk more about this issue in this blog space in the coming weeks.