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Baby Boomer Final Farewells – I’ll Go Out My Way

Baby Boomer Final Farewells – I’ll Go Out My Way

By Susan Williams

Baby Boomers have always wanted to do things their own way and how they are planning to say their final farewells is proving not to be the exception.

They are breaking away from some of the standard funeral traditions. Here are just a few of the ways they are doing it;

Green and Eco-Friendly Funerals

It is estimated that 1/4 of older Americans will want a green funeral. A green funeral may involve no embalming, no manufactured caskets (only biodegradable caskets), no manufactured headstone and instead the use of nature stone markers or GPS is used. Also, placement is typically in a zoned natural cemetery or burial site.

Customized Coffins

There are a number of new companies popping up that will now customize your coffin. Decorate it with your pastime, hobbies or favourite sports team.  The choices are endless. Just type “custom caskets” into a google search and you’re presented with about 485,000 search results.

Turning Cremated Remains Into Vinyl Records

Yup, you read right. There is British company that will take your ashes and press them into a vinyl recording. You can then add your personal recorded message for your loved ones to play and remember you by.

Live Funeral Webcasts

Family members and friends can’t physically make it to your funeral? No problem. They can now watch it over the internet. Webcasting of funerals first became available in the early 2000’s however only started to gain momentum over the last six to seven years as people started to shift from traditional funeral services along with the costs to transmit a live webcast started to drop.

Writing Your Own Obituary

It’s been said that Baby Boomers are going out not with a bang but a blog. There are now websites that are dedicated to helping you write your own perfect obituary so that you can really have the last word.

And funerals are big business.

Also Read: Disrupting Death – Could This Be the Next Industry Ripe for Change?– 

The funeral industry in the US is worth $17B with an estimated 2.4M to 2.6M deaths annually. Given the aging Baby Boomers, it is expected that this is only going to drive these numbers up so the industry is starting to take notice and beginning to customize and offer different options outside the traditional services.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.