Ever planned an alternative funeral?


Have you ever arranged an alternative or unusual funeral for someone close to you? Are you planning one ahead of time for yourself? Are you a funeral director who has planned an unusual funeral? I’d love to speak to you!

I am writing an article for beyond.life on the way that funeral traditions are changing, with more and more people choosing alternative ways of celebrating the life of their loved one. For example, motorcycle, lorry, and even tractor hearses; ashes scattered in balloons and fireworks; even "Viking” funerals.

I’m looking for people to talk to about their experiences with alternative funerals: arranging them, attending them, or planning something unusual for themselves.

I’d also be interested to hear from anyone who strongly prefers the traditional approach, to get both sides of the story.

If you’d like to share your thoughts for the piece, please add a comment below, or contact me via the form on my profile. Nothing is too strange (or not strange enough). I look forward to hearing your stories!

Thank you,



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WHAT REMAINS—Personal essays up to 750 words and short poems wanted for an anthology exploring contemporary funeral rituals, from the profound to the quirky to New Age, traditional practices modified for the 21st century, or surprise us. What Remains will be published by Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, publisher of the award-winning anthology, Child of My Child. Payment is 2 copies. Deadline: July 1. Submit to ritualanthology@yahoo.com.

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