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Art and Expression in Funerals

Art and Expression in Funeral

Picaluna‘s Collaborations with Local Artists

In modern funerals, art and expression have emerged as powerful tools for healing, remembrance, and celebration. Contemporary funerals embrace the individuality of the departed, allowing mourners to engage with their emotions in creative and meaningful ways. Art and expression find their place in various aspects of the modern funeral inclusive of Coffin Art, Venue Decor, Live Musical Performances, Visual Tributes and Personalised Rituals.

By incorporating art and expression, modern funerals provide a space for mourners to connect with their grief, remember their loved ones in a deeply personal way, and ultimately find solace in creative expressions of love and loss. These contemporary approaches to life celebrations reflect the evolving nature of our society and the recognition that every individual deserves a unique and meaningful farewell.

In this blog, we will explore the changing landscape of funeral services, the role of art and expression, and how these initiatives are reshaping the way we say goodbye to our loved ones. Picaluna is developing collaborations with local artists to infuse funerals with unique visual and auditory elements.

The Evolution of Funeral Services

The famous line “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” is from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “In Memoriam: A.H.H”. This poem was written between 1833 and 1850 and is a tribute to Tennyson’s friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who had passed away at a young age. In modern times we observe funerals and memorial services embracing this personalised style of paying tribute, with expressive events celebrating the unique lives and personalities of the departed. This transformation has given rise to the concept of life celebration funerals, scattering ashes ceremonies and non-traditional funeral services, which incorporate art, creativity, and collaboration with local and family artists.

As society becomes more diverse and open-minded, people are seeking alternatives that better reflect the lives and personalities of the deceased. This shift has given rise to life celebration funerals, outdoor funeral services, natural burialscremations, and other non-traditional approaches.

Life Celebration Funerals: Life celebration funerals are all about celebrating the unique life of the departed. These ceremonies focus on joyful and uplifting elements, such as sharing fond memories, playing favourite songs, and highlighting the individual’s passions and achievements.

Outdoor Funerals: Holding funerals outdoor allows for a connection with nature and a departure from the confines of traditional funeral homes and chapels. These settings can be more peaceful and provide a serene backdrop for saying goodbye.

Natural Burial: Natural burial is an eco-friendly option gaining popularity. Natural burials involve interring the deceased without embalming or traditional caskets, often in designated natural cemeteries. Cremation, on the other hand, provides flexibility in memorialisation options, including scattering ashes ceremonies, hand-made ceramicor wooden urns as well as hand-crafted jewellery containing ashes.

Picaluna’s Creative Approach

Picaluna is a funeral service provider that understands the changing preferences of mourners and the importance of personalisation in the grieving process. They have encouraged innovative ways to incorporate art and expression into funerals, collaborating with local artists and talented family members to create unforgettable experiences.

Artistic Coffin Designs: A range of eco-friendly options, including cardboard coffins are now available. These coffins can be customised with unique designs created by local artists allowing families to choose a coffin that truly represents the personality and interests of the deceased. Sometimes family members and mourners are encouraged to leave messages, written on the coffin.

Funeral Venues: Picaluna works with an ever-growing portfolio of funeral venues that provide wonderful backdrops for memorable ceremonies. These funeral venues can be in a location that reflects the life of the deceased, an ocean or bushland backdrop, and can also feature local art, creating a visually stimulating environment that can be comforting and reflective.

Local Funeral Celebrants: Picaluna connects families with local funeral celebrants who are skilled at crafting personalised ceremonies. These celebrants collaborate with families to ensure that every aspect of the service reflects the life and values of the departed.

Live Streaming and Digital Memorials: In an age where physical attendance at funerals may not always be possible, live streaming services are a great option, enabling family and friends from around the world to participate in the ceremony. Furthermore, they create digital memorials that include photos, videos and artworks contributed by loved ones.

The Role of Artists

Local artists can play an important role in modern funerals. Their creative input helps transform the funeral service into a unique and meaningful experience. Here are some ways in which local artists contribute:

Coffin Art: Local artists can collaborate with families to design personalised artwork for cardboard coffins. These designs may incorporate the deceased’s favourite colours, hobbies, or symbols that held significance in their life.

Venue Decor: Artists can create installations or provide artwork that enhances the funeral venue. This can include paintings, sculptures, or other artistic elements that align with the theme of the service.  Perhaps the deceased was an artist themselves.  The venue then becomes a natural backdrop to display some of their signature pieces.

Musical Performances: Musicians and composers can create original music or perform live during the ceremony. This adds a beautiful auditory dimension to the service, further personalising it. Family members with specific musical talents can contribute to the service/celebration providing a very personal contribution.

Poetry and Readings: Local poets, writers and family members can craft poems or readings that are tailored to the individual being commemorated. These words can capture the essence of the person and their journey.

Visual Tributes: Artists can create visual tributes in the form of collages, slideshows or video presentations that showcase the life and memories of the departed.

The Impact on Grieving

The incorporation of art and expression into funerals has a profound impact on the grieving process. It allows mourners to connect with their emotions, celebrate the life of the deceased, and find solace in creative expressions. This approach acknowledges that grief is a deeply personal experience, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Healing Through Creativity: Artistic elements in funerals provide an outlet for mourners to express their grief creatively. Painting, writing, and even music can help individuals, especially the younger mourners, process their emotions.

Positive Memories: Life celebration funerals focus on positive memories and accomplishments of the deceased. This shift from mourning to celebrating fosters a sense of closure and acceptance.

Community Engagement: Collaborations with local artists and the involvement of friends and family in creating tributes strengthen the sense of community and support during times of loss.

Long-lasting Remembrance: Artistic tributes, whether in the form of visual art, music, or poetry, serve as lasting reminders of the departed. These creations can be cherished by loved ones for years to come.

Funeral Costs and Planning

Contrary to the perception that incorporating art and personalised elements into funerals might be prohibitively expensive, Picaluna offers a range of options to suit different budgets through their commitment to affordability they ensure that families can access their unique offerings without financial strain.

Funeral Bonds and Prepaid Plans: Pre-planning allow individuals to ease the financial burden on loved ones, but also ensure that the deceased’s wishes are honoured. Families can select the elements that are most meaningful to them, including artistic collaborations.

Flexible Options: With a wide range of choices, from eco-friendly coffins to venue options, ensures that families have the flexibility to create a meaningful service within their budget.

Funeral Director and Celebrant

Both funeral director and celebrant are positive outlets for individuals to be creative, by providing amongst their services, the capacity for creative flair. These roles have many facets including creative thinking and event planning, which in these modern times, more commonly falls outside the parameters of traditional funerals.

Funeral Celebrants play a crucial role in crafting personalised ceremonies, whilst focusing on meaningful and respectful services. Whilst planning a memorial service program, the funeral celebrant has the potential to weave the, occasionally, flamboyant wishes of the deceased, into a respectful journey of mourning.


The transformation of funeral services into more personalised and expressive event is a positive and evolving trend. Collaborations with local artists demonstrate the powerful impact that art and expression can have on the grieving process. Through artistic coffin designs, venue decor, musical performances, and other creative elements, Picaluna helps families celebrate the lives of their loved ones in unique and meaningful ways.

As society continues to embrace non-traditional funeral services, the funeral industry adapts to meet the changing needs of mourners. With a commitment to affordability and flexibility, these innovative approaches are accessible to a wide range of individuals and families. Incorporating art and expression into memorials, PicalunaFunerals provide a path to healing, remembrance, and celebration; helping people find solace and meaning in their final goodbyes.

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