The basic design of hearses has not changed very much over the years. They are somber looking vehicles, usually black, that most closely resemble a limousine.
At least, that is what almost everyone would imagine, when they hear the word "hearse."
However, Derek Dunn of Lubbock, Texas had a different idea.
Dunn created a hearse that resembles a motorcycle and painted it red.
The hearse pulls a platform behind it that carries the casket, which is in the open air. Different graphics can be displayed on the platform for groups, such as firefighters and police.
Dunn even created the hearse to appeal to motorcycle enthusiasts who want to go on one last ride.
Everything Lubbock reported this story in "A Unique 'Last Ride'."
This is a continuation of the larger trend to personalize funerals and memorials. More and more people are choosing to have more personal touches in their funerals, instead of sticking with just the traditional ceremony.
If the trend continues, more stories like the motorcycle hearse can be expected.
Elderly people should be aware of this trend for two reasons. First, if they want to have a non-traditional personalized funeral service, then they should make pre-arranged plans. There are many options available.
Second, and just as important, elderly people who do not want a traditional service, need to let that be known, in case their families might decide to do it on their own.
Reference: Everything Lubbock (June 27, 2017) "A Unique 'Last Ride'."