Unconventional Funeral Transport

From milk floats to JCB diggers, more and more people are choosing to personalise funerals with unusual vehicles.  

Everybody has their own idea of the perfect send-off. Whilst many of us opt for a traditional funeral format, an increasing number of people are putting their own stamp on proceedings by swapping the hearse for a less conventional mode of transport.

A survey of over 200 funeral directors revealed a surprising range of popular alternatives to either replace the hearse or to head the procession. The list included fire engines, lorries, steamrollers, milk floats and diggers. Even wackier choices came in the form of the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, a Del Boy style three-wheeler van and a 75-tonne crane.

Motorcycles with specially-adapted sidecars are becoming a popular mode of funeral transportation for hardcore bikers, whilst those seeking a greener send-off will be increasingly catered for as the market for electric hearses develops. A Northampton-based based motor company recently won the Best Green Funeral Product at the Good Funeral Awards for its range of electric hearses based on the popular Nissan Leaf and Tesla S.

In Copenhagen, enterprising undertaker Sille Kongstad recently launched a bicycle-pulled hearse service. One of her first customers was Hans Albertsen (87), an environmentalist and keen cyclist. The idea seems to be spreading fast as cycling enthusiasts around the world opt for a pedal-powered farewell.

Whilst not for everyone, a recent funeralcare study revealed that 23% of Britons would like to make their final journey in a personalised vehicle, whilst a survey of 2,000 people by ICM suggested that 54% wanted their funeral to be a "celebration of life". 

At WR Bettelley we believe that funerals should be tailored to you and your family. Whether you want a more traditional format, or you would like to break with convention with a special vehicle or personal choice of music, we’re here to help create a funeral that commemorates life in a unique way.   

For more information please call us on 01782 313542 or email info@wrbettelley.com



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