Today, expressing individuality is important even in death

Humanist funerals that emphasise the individual are a truer reflection of contemporary western society than traditional religious ceremonies, new research has found.

Dr Matthew Engelke from the London School of Economics focused on funerals provided by the British Humanist Association. He found these funerals centred on the person’s character and worldview, something that has often been the least important aspect of funerals in many societies.

Dr Engelke states that this kind of funeral is telling of the desire to express individuality in the west and highlights to funeral providers to be aware of the needs of non-religious people.

Read more at London School of Economics