There are quite a few myths surrounding funerals. Because death is an uncomfortable and upsetting subject to discuss, people can sometimes believe myths they hear about the funerals. As a result, they may believe some of the myths that they hear. The problem is that some of these myths can lead to people spending more money on funerals than is necessary, and this may be against their loved one’s wishes.
So, what are some common funeral myths that need debunking?
Embalming the deceased is mandatory.
If you want an open casket funeral, embalming is usually a necessity to stop a body decaying. The process also makes the deceased individual look more like they did when they were alive. For example, their skin will look rosier and more lifelike. Despite this, if an individual is having an immediate burial or a direct cremation, embalming is not essential in the UK. However, embalming is essential when the body of the deceased is travelling abroad. Some famous historical figures are re-embalmed every year, such as Vladimir Lenin, whose body has been on display for almost 100 years.
You have to have a hearse to move a body.
This isn’t true. All you need is a vehicle big enough to transport the coffin and others inside the car safely. While traditional funerals include a hearse which carries the coffin to the funeral, individuals can save money by transporting the body in a different vehicle as long as the journey is safe.
You legally have to have a funeral.
Incorrect, you do not legally have to have a funeral. However, UK law does state that you have to “dispose of a body of the person who has died by burial, cremation or any other means.” The options typically come down to a traditional funeral in the form of a burial or cremation or direct cremation. Those who might struggle to afford a traditional funeral usually have a simple funeral to reduce costs. Alternatively, they do not attend a funeral at all, and the cremation occurs without attendees.
Funerals have to be strictly sad occasions.
While traditional funerals consist of guests wearing black in mourning, some may organise a funeral that is more of a celebration of the life of the individual. Attendees will be encouraged to wear bright colours and talk openly about the happy moments that they shared with the deceased. Funerals can be made more personal in several ways to reflect the individual who has passed away. As a result, they do not strictly have to be characterised by sadness.
Funerals are expensive.
Prices of funerals are indeed rising each year, but a funeral does not have to be expensive. Direct Cremations by Funerals on a Budget cost £975 excluding doctor’s fees, and our Simple Funerals range from £1,500 to £1,900 depending on location and chosen add-ons. Find out more about our prices here.
There are many more funeral myths, but it can be easy to believe them. We recommend that you do your research before taking them as fact.