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The story of deceased Miriam Burbank being posed at her own funeral made national news earlier this month. Her daughters wanted to celebrate their mother’s life and decided that posing her was the best way to make that happen. Most people thought this funeral was just a rare anomaly, but as it turns out, posing people after deαth is an actual trend.
After pictures of Burbank sitting up at her own funeral with a Busch beer and a cigarette in her hand began circulating on the internet, the Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home was inundated with calls from people trying to find out how they could have a ‘sitting up’ funeral for their loved ones, the New York Times reports.
Mr. Charbonnet has performed three of these types of funerals in New Orleans, but he’s not the only one since there have been others, such as the paramedic displayed behind the wheel of an ambulance.
“I never said it was the first,” Mr. Charbonnet told the Times.
New Orleans is known for exciting funerals and Charbonnet, who runs the 135 year old funeral home, says he’s an expert at that. “Couple weeks ago we even had a mariachi band in here,” he said.
The trend of posing deαd people at funerals actually seems to have taken off first in Puerto Rico.
“It’s been a real boom in Puerto Rico,” said Elsie Rodríguez, vice president of the Marin Funeral Home. “People have requested every type of funeral that could possibly come to mind. We have only done six so far, because the people who have requested the funerals have not dιed yet.”
Although some people are pleased with the trend, others call it sacrilegious. Rodriguez attributes the criticism of such funerals, especially by other funeral homes, to “professional jealousy.”