Funerals and Co-design

Sorry for the dearth of postings last week. I’ve been on the road for a few days due to a death in the family.

On my way home from the funeral it occurred to me that, as a service, visitations and funerals are second only to weddings when it comes to co-design. They’re one of the few examples in American society where people expect to be intimately involved with the details of service delivery. There’s a cultural “script” that shapes the encounter, but the details of the burial and the ceremony are deeply personal and unique.


  1. I really love your blog and I’m sorry to read that you had a loss in the family. I know this is a month late, but I still wanted to send you my condolences. Hope you are doing well. And thanks for all the amazing insights.

  2. Jeff

    Thanks for the condolences Whitney, and thanks for reading!




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