The Dutch are increasingly opting for more ‘intimate and informal’ funerals, with the traditional coffee and cake making way for drinks and bitterballen, a survey by funeral insurers comparison site Uitvaartverzekeringswijzer has shown.
The traditional Dutch post funeral staple of coffee and a slice of usually indifferent cake is becoming a thing of the past with 73% of respondents saying they wanted an informal service, compared to 69% in 2019.
A toast to life is becoming a popular feature of funerals in most provinces, the survey showed, although Groningers still appreciate a cup of ‘troost’ (comfort). Groningers also showed the highest preference (48%) for the traditional open coffin.
Locations are also veering away from the traditional, with churches making way for bars, boats, the beach or even discotheques. Respondents from Zuid-Holland in particular were in favour of the festive funeral. Almost 90% of respondents wanted an informal funeral while in Friesland over half preferred a more formal setting.
The Dutch preference for cremation over burials because of cost and grave maintenance is still growing, the survey found, with 77% of people now opting for the crematorium.
Find out more about the Dutch way of death here.
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