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Posing Deαd People at Their Own Funeral is Now an Actual Thing

by / June 28, 2014 Black News 24 Comments

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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.

The body of boxer Christopher Rivera, Photo Credit: New York Times

The body of boxer Christopher Rivera, Photo Credit: New York Times

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.

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Miriam Burbank

“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.”

 

 

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  1. “professional jealousy.”….Uhhhh….no, how about weird and creepy as shit….I mean, what they did to Mae Mae was a damn shame….just sat her up there with a beer and a cigarette while her nutty ass daughter and sister danced to some music and disco lights. I remember when that Puerto rican kid wanted to be stood up at his moms house and I thought that was just crazy….why? What is the point? What next, hookers gonna be working the stroll after they have passed on? I am 40 and I have pretty much chosen what I would like to be laid to rest in, you can be assured it is a nice fine casket that will not embarrass my family……even if it is not to be used for another 45-50 years….I will not be sitting in a makeshift gazebo on my laptop….

  2. All I can say is creepy lay me down to rest I am and won’t to not change anything about RIP

  3. Oh hell naw!!!!sorry…Cant do it!Cant attend!when I am dead and gone cremate me and say bye!

  4. SOMETHING IS JUST OFF WITH THIS PICTURE

  5. Well, the way I see it, some ppl handle death differently & the posing of dead loved ones is their way of dealing with the loss & honoring the dead loved ones lifestyle!!! I admit, it's very different but if it helps you get through your grief, then so be it, do you!! :*

  6. This isn't a "recent thing," it's been going on for the longest. Not even new, let alone news. That's on them. If somebody did that to me, I'd come back and kill 'em.

  7. Nothing new. Few years back in Chicago, a drug dealer had his son sitting up with $100 bills laced thru his fingers.

  8. I find it refreshing that people deal with death in different ways. It beats looking at the loved one in a casket.

  9. This funeral business has gotten too damn crafty and greedy for me, but my question is what happens after the services, they have to dismantle the body(disturbing the peace) and lay the body in a casket or whatever choice is made by family? Confused much! WTH? Let them be!

    • Dismantle the body? In what way?

  10. Too creepy i would never do that ,leave them to rest in a casket ,end of story.

  11. This is actually not a new thing. In an earlier part of this country's history it was not uncommon for a family to have a deceased relative posed in order to take picture.

  12. Instead of throwing tens of thousands of dollars into the ground or into a funeral directors pockets, how about throwing those tens of thousands at your children or grandchildren's education. How about leaving it to a college fund. Want to do something you will be blessed for–donate your organs and save a life. Donate your whole body to science and have all of the money go towards education so that a child in your family can look back and say–Thanks to him/her I have a degree. But we fall for the bling-bling——the rims, the shoes, the diamond stud earrings, the flashy fast and trendy and every business on the planet has a plan to put our money in their pocket. And we keep right on doing it!!

  13. instead of throwing tens of thousands of dollars into the ground or into a funeral directors pockets, how about throwing those tens of thousands at your children or grandchildren’s education. How about leaving it to a college fund. Want to do something you will be blessed for–donate your organs and save a life. Donate your whole body to science and have all of the money go towards education so that a child in your family can look back and say–Thanks to him/her I have a degree. But we fall for the bling-bling——the rims, the shoes, the diamond stud earrings, the flashy fast and trendy and every business on the planet has a plan to put our money in their pocket. And we keep right on doing it!!

    • Larry, in some cases you have to pay to donate your body to science.

  14. All I can say is 'WOW'.

  15. I could say more but I won't.

  16. I remember the drug dealer with the cash in his hands. In fact, I starting seeing this in Jet magazines back in the 70’s. Very creepy stuff. If I saw that while coming in the door, I’d back out. I also agree with Larry.

  17. All I can say is pleeaasse >:-( Celebrating after death and pleasing the spirits that protect the dead (popular in New Orleans) aside; this is vainglorious, ostentatious and just plain silly. I never understood why people act as if the grandeur of the funeral somehow equates to the grandeur of the life.

  18. Lady V, I was thinking the same thing a few months ago i seen a pic like this where the deceased was sitting on his motorcycle. When i asked what happens next and they answered they family took his motorcycle home and they put him in a casket.. I still didn’t understand.. I just stop asking questions..

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