Baby Boomers Want Personalized “Funeral-Palooza” Parties

Jul 8, 2013 | 0 comments

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Baby Boomers don’t want funerals when they die, they want a party, according to savvy funeral directors. Boomers want a “Funeral-Palooza” where family and friends can support each other at a memorable send-off event for the deceased.

From a motorcycle hearse “last ride” to a Rock n’Roll final tribute, personalized memorial themes come alive through many small details. But how can a grieving family put such individualized funerals and memorial services together under the emotional pain of loss?

Joe Pray

Joe Pray, Professional Funeral Creationeer

Professional Funeral Creationeer Joe Pray, a fifth generation funeral director with the family-owned Pray Funeral Home, will discuss personalization of funerals on A Good Goodbye Radio this Wednesday, July 10. Download the podcast!

The Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, Michigan has won three “Keeping It Personal” (KIP) Awards from the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA). The KIP Awards recognize the best in personalization in the funeral service, cemetery, and cremation profession.

Some topics to be discussed during the show:

  • How to develop a highly-personalized funeral or memorial service;
  • What elements make an award-winning memorial service;
  • Who officiates – Celebrants, clergy people, family, others?
  • The role pre-planning plays in creating personalized memorial services;
  • Examples of highly-personalized, healing memorial services.

A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational weekly 60-minute online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.” A Good Goodbye program podcasts can be downloaded from iTunes or

A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Topics to be discussed on upcoming programs include: the purposes and practices of death rituals (July 17), life planning and estate issues (July 24), Jewish funeral traditions (July 31), veterans death benefits (August 7) and cremation trends (August 14).

By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.” Host Gail Rubin brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

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