The funeral that went crazy over the network? How exactly is it happening and who is organizing it all?
“Oh death where is thy sting.
It has none, but life has.”
Mark Twain aptly describes death and its effects on the living in this quote. Death, a taboo topic in most cultures of the world revolves around a rite of passage from this world to the next. It culminates in the living giving their dead a befitting burial. This mainly stems from the belief that funerals are meant to be used as a means to honour our dead. Yet the exorbitant cost of such a funeral begs the question: is it really for our dead or is it satisfy our human ego?
Funerals in most countries of the world costs a whole lot especially in the sub-saharan Africa. This is due to ingrained traditions that require several burial rites to be performed. In the Western countries, the use of funeral directors is very common. In the words of The Guardian columnist Emma Freud planning of funerals can be “baffling, terrifying, weird, overwhelming, devastating and incredibly important.” This therefore makes the use of funeral directors important.
In light of the pallbearer video which has been trending on social media for a few weeks now, we can see the extent to which these funeral homes can go to in order to ensure that the last rites of the deceased is a remarkable one. Funeral directors put together every little detail; from the clothes worn by the deceased, the food, the music and even carnation to be used as coffin toppers.
Planning a burial takes time, money and energy together with a whole lot of fighting, forgetting and disappointments to name but a few. Family members of the deceased struggle to get everything done appropriately putting into consideration the taste of their dearly beloved lost one. Indecision and arguments over what the deceased would want is always inevitable. The role of funeral homes in the planning of a funeral can therefore never be underestimated in recent times.
The services offered by funeral homes has been expanded to include legal services such as will writing, burial requests and even financial plans. In this age of uncertainty and eventualities, people have resorted to making certain funeral plans while still alive. These arrangements are now easier to make due to technological advancements which enables both the clients (the yet to be deceased) and consultants (the funeral directors) to effectively communicate even across great distances.
Based on this, funeral planners can now marry the last wishes of the deceased with that of their family members. In a world where technology leads, a recent application Last request was developed with the aim of giving the deceased a BEFITTING burial. Befitting because the last wishes of the deceased is passed down through the app to his loved ones at death. This application helps to reduce the stress on the clients’ families during planning and that’s not all; even funeral homes can keep track of what, when and how their planning is going decreasing the chances of the inevitable disappointment by the ‘caterer’.
Last request follows the new trend of funeral planning business though taking it to the next level by involving the main person, the deceased. This technological twist to funeral planning is cutting edge as it gathers all the required bits of the event, merging it as a whole with little stress thereby making work more efficient for funeral directors who key in into this technological innovation. Even though death is not something we pray for, but like Emily Dickinson said:
“Because I could not stop for death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The carriage held but just ourselves
Death is inevitable and maybe my last request will be to have a smile on my face in that damn coffin and hope the pallbearers don’t disturb this eternal sleep.