Funerals are changing!
It’s a safe bet that most people dread going to funerals, but according to a new survey, the way we say goodbye to someone has been changing over the years, and it may actually be making the whole experience a little better.
A new survey by the National Funeral Directors Association finds that more and more people are looking to have unique funerals. In fact, 54% of consumers say they attended a funeral at a nontraditional location last year, like say a home, outdoor setting, banquet hall or even a hotel.
Meanwhile 45.9% of people say they attended a funeral that was presided over by someone other than a member of the clergy, with 30.3% saying they would consider a trained celebrant to handle their funeral. What’s more, religion seems to be less important when it comes to funerals, with only 38.7% of people saying it’s important, down from 49.5% in 2012.
- Overall, cremations are more popular than burials these days, with 51.1% of those who prefer to be cremated saying they’d want their remains scattered at a sentimental place, rather than being buried or interred (17.6%). And more people are also interested in green funerals, with 48% of people saying they would be interested in green memorialization, like biodegradable caskets or formaldehyde-free embalming, for environmental reasons.
Source: Market Watch
Here are the dos and don’ts of how to dress to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day
It’s never easy to find something to wear to a wedding, but could you imagine getting dressed for a royal wedding? Well, those lucky enough to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19th, have it especially hard because there’s definitely a dress code for the event, and it’s a pretty strict one.
Royal Wedding fashion rules include:
- Hats must be worn in church – For women to don “appropriate” attire, they must have their shoulders covered, long hemlines, and something covering their hair, which is why there is often a lot of hats on display at royal weddings.
- Meghan’s bouquet will have myrtle in it – The so-called “herb of love” has always been in a royal bridal bouquet since Queen Victoriamarried Prince Albert. Yes, Kate Middleton's had it.
- The wedding dress will be made by a British designer – Although not a strict rule, most royal brides have picked a native designer for their gown, with the tradition again being started by Queen Victoria.
- Prince Harry will be in military garb – Prince Albert started this trend in 1840, and all royal grooms have followed suit. Since Prince Harry spent 10 years in the Army, he’ll likely continue the tradition.
- Neutral nail polish only – No fancy manicures for Meghan, only natural looking nails are allowed at official royal events.
- No Wedges – This one placates the Queen who hates wedges. While the rule is unofficial, basically no one is allowed to wear wedges to the celebration.
- Nude tights should always be worn – Bare legs or colored tights are a major no-no, with the Queen always wearing nude tights and expecting others to do so as well.
Source: New York Post
A 96-year-old WWII veteran is getting a college degree based on credits he earned before leaving college in 1950.
After Bob Barger returned home from World War II, he found a new job and started going to college. But after he got into his career and started a family, finishing his degree wasn’t a priority for the former Navy pilot anymore.
But now the 96-year-old is finally going to get to graduate. A review of Barger’s transcripts from the University of Toledo show he finished enough courses to earn an associate’s degree, a two-year diploma that wasn’t offered while he was a student. And now, 68 years after leaving college, he’s going to get to wear that cap and gown.
"I'm going to be proud to hang that diploma on the wall and think about the friends behind it," Barger says. "I found out without friends, this old world wouldn't be worth living in."