Industry research company IBISWorld decided to look at how funerals were being held in Sydney funeral homes and across the world. They noted how funeral directors have now moved away from the traditional, religious service, instead opting for providing innovative alternatives for families.
From live-streaming services for family members and friends who can’t attend, to turning the remains into compost that can be used to promote growth and renewability, new, creative ways. As a result, funeral directors have been embracing new trends and developments in order to differentiate themselves from the competition.
IBISWorld Senior Industry Analyst Tom Miller says that religious services have dropped in popularity in different demographics, with close friends, and family have been increasingly embracing new and different ways to celebrate the lives of the duly departed, like streaming services, green funerals, and even DIY funerals.
Live streaming is particularly popular for families with members spread out across the world, as it gives them a chance to attend the funeral, take part in the proceedings, and be there for the people they care for, even if distance normally separates them.
Company OneRoom Funeral Webcasting is one of the key drivers behind the idea of setting up cameras inside venues and streaming live footage of services, all with the convenience of a few clicks. Once a service has been booked and scheduled, guests receive e-mails with secure login details, allowing them to see the service via the internet.
IBISWorld also noted how increasingly popular cremation has been getting over the past half-decade for Sydney funeral homes and other Aussie companies, with Australia seeing approximately two-thirds of deaths ending up cremated.
Meanwhile, the costs and lack of suitable land for traditional burials have also increased the popularity of green funerals, which have marketed themselves based on cutting down on the environmental impact caused by a burial.
The firm notes how innovations regarding green burials, as well as other options, have been becoming more and more popular over time, with some companies even experimenting with energy-intensive cremation, like water cremation.
Notably, the US state of Washington, earlier in 2019, legalised the process of composting remains as part of environmentally-friendly burial trends.