“Today’s families are bringing new values, preferences and opinions that are changing the world of funeral service. They are thinking differently about how they want to honor their loved ones and have new perceptions of the funeral service profession.
“As baby boomers age and find themselves having to plan funerals for loved ones and themselves, they are making funeral choices based on values that are different than previous generations. Baby boomers see funerals as a valuable part of the grieving process and are seeking ways to make them meaningful.
“Today, funeral service consumers are planning funeral services that are as unique as the person who died. The idea of personalization has resulted in an explosion of unique services that reflect the hobbies, passions and interests of someone who has died. Through personalization, funeral services can be more meaningful.“
– From the National Funeral Directors Association website
When the funeral industry itself — the bastion of tradition and formality— is talking openly about the changing face of funerals, you can rest assured that I Want a Fun Funeral is plainly in the mix of a widespread upgrade in our goodbye rituals.
I Want a Fun Funeral in the News
Article in Chestnut Hill Local by writer Barbara Sherf, November 24, 2017
Why People Are Choosing Alternative Funerals
Article from AK Lander, a company producing hand crafted memorials in the UK. June 28, 2017
Article in The Director, trade magazine of the National Funeral Director’s Association
Front page article by staff writer Jeff Gammage on October 23, 2016 covering my I Want a Fun Funeral workshop at local adult school.
Winner of Philadelphia’s Startup StorySlam held at Benjamin’s Desk May 10, 2016. A five minute story on the theme “Rebel.”
Business Innovators Magazine
Interviewed by Tim Dimmick of Grand Slam Marketing on September 8, 2015.
Lights, Camera, Mortician! The Rise of ‘Fun Funerals’
The renowned journalist Jaweed Kaleem, Religion columnist for The Huffington Post, included I Want a Fun Funeral on July 5, 2014 in a piece he wrote about this very topic.
“Ashes to Ashes, but First a Nice Pine Box”
This particular article appeared in The New York Times on February 2, 2014.
The Opinion Pages / Letters
“Ashes to Ashes, but First a Nice Pine Box” inspired me to write this Letter to the Editor, which got published a few days later.