Funerals are not fun events. One goes to them to show one’s sympathy for the loved ones of the deceased and they are usually events that have a certain solemn decorum with the body in a casket and people filing past to pay their respects. If the casket is open, the body looks composed and at rest.
A recent feature (at least it was new to me after I came to the US) that I like is to have photographs of the life of the deceased in happier times, either posted on a board or projected on a screen and this is actually a nice thing, giving one a broader look at that person’s life.
But now I read of funeral parlors that have introduced a new thing and that is instead of the body lying in a casket, it is posed in a way that is supposed to be characteristic of the life of the person, such as cooking at a stove.
I am not a fan of this, though I cannot quite put my finger on the reasons for my discomfort. After all, if it was the wish of the deceased person and the family members are comfortable with it, there is no reason that I should be bothered. But it just seems a little off to me.