Following non-traditional funeral plans can sometimes lead to problems for your loved ones.

A full Viking funeral seemed like a good idea to a Nevada man. However, it led to some problems, according to the Nevada County Scooper in “Family Cited For Viking Funeral on Local Lake.”

The 92-year-old member of the Barstad family had a request for his funeral. He wanted to receive a full Viking funeral after he passed away, which he recently did.

His family decided to fulfill the request, so they modified a boat and took it to a local lake. A family member loaded the boat with fireworks and doused it with gasoline. The man’s body was placed on the boat. Finally, the boat was set on fire and adrift.

The story does not end there.

The boat exploded.

Debris, including body parts, flew all over the place. Some of it even hit fishermen who were on the lake at the time.

Needless to say that this Viking funeral was not a good idea.

It is part of a trend that has seen people requesting all sorts of non-traditional burial methods. While some of the ideas are perfectly fine, others are not.

Bad ideas include spreading ashes indoors and now Viking funerals.

If you would like to have a non-traditional funeral, you can do so.

Before requesting something specific, however, it is a good idea to make sure your request can be legally carried out.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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