Their are times when a person will demand something unusual in their final ceremonies. Some may find it unpalatable, others may find it unorthodox but in a modern day context, personal choice with funerals is all important. Choosing where you want your special ceremonies to be located is important in how you show your individuality in any context, not just in death. Be it ashes spreading at a favourite sports venue (some do allow this), eulogies and remembrances at home, a traditional mass or surfer ceremonies at the beach it is up to all of us to make the decision that feels right for ourselves.
Can I embalm/bury or cremate/spread ashes in a special or alternative place?
Unless you or the deceased was a mortician or a professional whose job it was to treat bodies after death it’s likely that this venue is not the right place for embalming. It’s also unlikely to be the right place for a cremation or burial however like other private or public places it may be possible to scatter ashes. This again down to the ownership of the place in question and it’s important to remember that you should try to schedule the scattering of the ashes during good weather, especially if the deceased had specific plans on where he or she wanted to be placed.
Can I conduct the viewing or visitation in a special or alternative venue?
Depending on the location viewings and visitations can be conducted almost anywhere with the approval of either the owner of the venue, lands or the local authority. In most cases you will need to ask someone, especially if the area is a shared plot. It’s important to remember that while some people can be squeamish about allowing these events people can say yes and sometimes all you need to do is ask.
Can I conduct the religious/civil service of a funeral in a special or alternative venue?
Depending on the location and the openness of the religious organisation you may or may not be able to convince a religious authority to come to a place they are not accustomed to. Again you just need to ask, however due to the nature of many religions they may not have a clear cut rationale for their answer. Non-religious ceremonies will usually just need to remain safe and within the law, however if you want someone to officiate the ceremonies it would be wise to inform them of the unorthodox nature of the venue beforehand.
Can I have post funeral reception at a special or alternative venue?
After the ceremony or religious service is over you can go anywhere you like. Their really is no actual restriction and even in cases where the sermon or service is highly religious there is no reason to maintain this level of conservatism after the service is over. For this reason there should not be any real problem with going somewhere unusual or unique after the funeral service is complete.