It’s not often you see She-Ra from the He-Man comic books leading a funeral or a hearse being flanked by Superman, Batman, Robin and Captain America, but that’s what happened for the funeral of 18-year old Arthur Lewis Trigger Peebles from Morden, Surrey last week.
Arthur was a super fan of comic heroes including Superman, Iron Giant, Spiderman and Woody and Buzz from Toy Story so his family asked that mourners donned their capes and attended his funeral dressed as the characters he loved.
“My son was a wonderful boy, a pure soul with so much ahead of him,” said Arthur’s mum Jacqueline Peebles, who dressed as She Hulk. “We’re completely devastated that he’s gone, but were adamant that his funeral was a true celebration of his life. We dressed as the characters he loved and played the last ten minutes of his favourite film, Iron Giant, during the service in his memory.
“Like many children, Arthur was a victim of bullying from a young age. He suffered from mental health problems which resulted in him tragically taking his own life. We want his funeral to raise awareness of mental health issues to ensure that young people like Arthur get access to the support they need. That’s why we’ve set up Arthur’s Law. He was my superhero and now I’m going to drive this forward and be his.”
Funeralcare’s Cindi Gordon (aka She-Ra), the Funeral Director who led the service, said: “I can honestly say conducting a funeral dressed as She-Ra has to be a personal first. It’s inspirational how Arthur’s mum Jacqueline has approached the loss of her son. At a truly devastating time, she’s managed to put her feelings to one side and help us do everything possible to arrange a funeral that reflects her son, Arthur’s life. Even down to her plans to scatter his ashes in America, a place he longed to visit.”
This service is part of a growing trend of UK adults opting for themed funerals. Co-op’s ‘Ways We Say Goodbye’ report highlights that two thirds (66%) of UK adults believe funerals should be a celebration of life instead of a sombre occasion.