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Designer funerals. New trends in home going services

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My dad is in it," Craig Johnson said of the family business. "My grandfather started it."


The Johnson family has catered to the dead and the grief stricken in Houston for four generations.

There are a lot of ways to say goodbye and over the years the members of this family have pretty much seen it all . And, oh, how things have changed since great granddad was in charge.


"It would be a little scary for him (to see how we do things now)," Johnson said. " Because, you see, people dying younger so you're getting untraditional ways of doing services."


Different cultures, different religions have different ways of saying goodbye.

As do those in certain careers. From the pageantry of burying a military or law enforcement hero to the simplicity of a paupers grave for those without means, while there are some funeral staples, there is also a new trend emerging in modern goodbyes.

Basically, anything goes.


"Rims on cars, different color cars," Johnson said of special requests. "You have your tee shirts. (They) want to represent who the deceased is. (There's a) bunch of different ways they do things now."


Cremations are becoming more popular than burials , but for the old fashion caskets, jewelry is now available. And there are also not-so-old fashion tributes to the dead.


"(I) had a wife stand up and ask her husband's girlfriends to stand up at the funeral," Johnson said. " And they stood up. (There were) about six or seven of them probably. Kind of weird. Me and my dad were like, 'wow.' I've (also) had a mother get up and say how rotten her son was. She didn't want anyone to get up after her and lie and say her son was a good person."




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