This is how the majority of Brits want to be remembered when they die

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Most of us want to be remembered as trustworthy after we die (Rex/posed by models)

New research has found that there is one trait most Brits want to be remembered for after we die.

Some 60% of Britons place trustworthiness as the most important characteristic to be remembered for at a funeral service – more than kindness (58%), being a good parent (45%) and even intelligence (42%).

Researchers from Avalon Funeral Plans asked 2,000 people how they would like to be remembered – and what they envisage their funeral to be like.

One in ten of us admits that being remembered as good-looking is the most important thing, while 6% want to be thought of as sophisticated.

When it comes to the finer details of our funeral, it seems many of us have thought about everything, with 40% already knowing exactly what music they want played at their send off.

While 61% want their funeral to be a celebration with lots of laughter, a more sentimental 9% want their service to be a tearful and emotional affair.

However, the majority of Brits (39%) want their loved ones to wear colourful clothing to their send-off, while 30% think it more appropriate for guests to dress in more traditional black attire.

An off-the-wall 3% of Brits said they wanted people to turn up in FANCY DRESS.

Three per cent of Brits want mourners to turn up in fancy dress (Rex)

When it comes to our final rest, more than half (52%) of Brits wish to be cremated – with 21% preferring the idea of a burial.

A more hopeful 3% said they wanted to be cryogenically frozen – so they could be brought back to life when technology is advanced enough.

As for the venue for the wake most Brits (26%) dream of everyone retiring to their local pub to raise a glass to the dearly departed.


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A more ambitious 4% want guests to enjoy a slap-up curry, while 7% want mourners to enjoy fish and chips.

According to the data, Robbie Williams anthem Angels is the song most Brits want played, followed by Always Look on the Bright side of Life by Eric Idol and Monty Python.

The late Eva Cassidy’s haunting rendition of Over the Rainbow came third and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now and Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol came fourth and fifth.