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Heirlooms With Sentimental Value Come Out On Top

A recent study from funeral director CPJ Field & Co, commissioned to look into trends in family traditions and heirlooms, reveals that the UK is a sentimental nation at heart with photographs and paintings featuring as the most commonly inherited items, being passed down by 39 percent of people. Jewellery (35 percent) and ornaments, crockery or glassware (28 percent) also top the bill in terms of how people want to be remembered.

The study shows that passing on recipes to the next generation stands the test of time with nearly a quarter of people (23%) having inherited a family recipe from loved ones. Cooking is a skill that people are keen to share and keep alive from generation to generation, and one that was well illustrated by the recent launch of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook – My Father’s Daughter – inspired by the memories of cooking and the recipes that she inherited from her father.

Other findings from the research reveal how family traditions around seasonal holidays continue to be passed between generations with 20 percent of people inheriting these.

Mirroring the sentimental value placed on inherited items and traditions by previous generations, today’s society has a similar wish list to pass down to future generations.

Top Five Family Traditions, Skills & Heirlooms – Inherited by respondents

1. Photographs or paintings

2. Jewellery i.e. necklaces, watch

3. Ornaments i.e. glasses, crystal bowls, etc

4. Recipes

5. Seasonal holiday traditions i.e. Christmas, Easter

Top Five Family Traditions, Plan to pass down to next generation

1. Photographs or paintings

2. Jewellery i.e. necklaces, watch

3. Property

4. Ornaments i.e. glasses, crystal bowls

5. Seasonal holiday traditions i.e. Christmas, Easter

Jeremy Field, Chief Operational Officer at CPJ Field & Co, commented, “We have been fascinated to see that richness of life and experience is the top priority of today’s society, with a huge importance also being placed on the legacy left to family and friends.”

“Considering how you would like to be remembered and planning inheritance is an important part of getting matters in order before you die. As part of a campaign for Dying Matter’s Awareness Week run by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in May this year, which aimed to encourage people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, including their funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones, we wanted to take a look at the skills and heirlooms that are being passed down between generations.”

“Playing a key role in the cycle of life, we are often privy to the most personal details of a person’s life achievements and wishes for the next generation. The findings of the research mirror the conversations we have about the journey of life and we feel privileged to carry out the final requests of so many.”

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