If you haven’t seen the new reality show Best Funeral Ever, you maybe be missing a good one, so you need to give it a chance and at least watch it once to see what you think. Although it’s based on funerals, you will find it very interesting and in some cases hilarious. Of course, death is never funny, but these people certainly know how to celebrate a “going home service.”
Best Funeral Ever started airing this past Sunday, January 6, 2013 on TLC at 10:00 p.m. EST. It is the Golden Gate Funeral Home TLC network has based the show around, the funeral home and their clients. The show is based off of their clients who has a desire to give their loved ones the best type of funeral they feel their loved ones would like to have as a going home service. Therefore; of course, if a loved one is really into a particular type of hobby or love a certain type of holiday, then more than likely, that is the type of service the family will request the funeral home to do so they can celebrate their loved ones going home service. I must say, they know how to put the fun and celebration into a funeral, which lightens the sad mood during a funeral.
The Christmas funeral
I’ll discuss some of the funerals they showed this past Sunday on the first show aired. They had a young man who passed and his family talked to the funeral home about his love for Christmas. His birthday was in December and he loved celebrating Christmas during the entire month of December, so of course; the family wanted to do a Christmas funeral for their loved one.
This funeral was for Charles Goines, a 36 year old man who loved celebrating Christmas. They set the stage up with Christmas trees, gifts, gingerbread men, snow, and a nativity scene with real animals. During the funeral, they had a Santa Claus and three men dressed up like the Three Wise Men walked the coffin down the church isle. Behind Santa and the Three Wise Men, female and male elves followed behind them (see slide show). The preacher preached and the family and friends celebrated like it was Christmas day and it was a success, the family loved it and told the Golden Gate Funeral Home they did a great job.
Throwing a barbecue for Wolf funeral
This funeral was for Wolf Johnson, a man who loved pigs because he loved his pork and loved grilling pork ribs. When they walked in with his coffin, he was in a smoke pit type of grill and the pallbearers were dressed like professional chefs with the tall hats and all (see slide show). During the funeral service, they walked around with real pigs.
Not sure if you remember this song, but Wolf Johnson was the original singer for the Chilis Restaurant song “I Want My Baby-back Baby-back Baby-back Ribs.” At the service, they had ribs and hot barbecue sauce for the ribs. When the preacher finished preaching, he said; “At this time, we’re asking the family to come take a rib and dip it into the sauce. The family obliged and acted like it was the best tasting rib and sauce they have ever had. As they walked his pit grill coffin out of the church, his mother sang the “I Want My Baby-back ribs.” This family also told the funeral home they did a great job and was very happy with their services.
There was another funeral, but if you can, you should go back and see if you can catch the show that aired this past Sunday. It is crazy what reality television has come to, but I guess it’s a something for everyone type of thing. I watched just to see what in the world this reality show could possibly be about and it turned out to be hilarious.
The only thing I didn’t agree with was the fact that they felt the need to hire professional mourners. I know professional mourners have been around since the old days, but how do you explain to the families who these people at the funeral are, unless they think maybe they are friends or co-workers they never met. I don’t know, I just don’t think that’s necessary.
I say, to each his own, if you want to send your loved one home that way, then do what you like or what you feel they would like. But for the most part, I think it’s another good and crazy reality show to check out. If you check it out on TLC this coming Sunday, let me know what you think.