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Best Funeral Ever: Is This A Funeral Or A Christmas Pageant?

01/06/2013

Not to get all morbid, but when you pass away, do you want your loved ones to feel sad and depressed, or do you want them to celebrate your life? For customers at the Golden Gate Funeral Home, there's only one answer to that question: death is the perfect occasion to throw a party. On the new TLC special Best Funeral Ever, Golden Gate opens its doors and shows exactly how their signature homegoings go down.

Homegoings are a popular tradition in many African American communities, and are considered a celebratory alternative to traditional funerals. Instead of a somber service, homegoings offer a festive way to send off relatives and friends, as guests rejoice that their loved ones are going "home" to heaven.

Of course, the folks at Golden Gate don't just throw average parties. Take the homegoing they're planning for a man named Charles, whose favorite holiday was Christmas:

(Nice half-gloves, by the way).

The homegoing itself comes complete with pallbearers dressed as elves, and a custom-built sleigh to carry the casket. But that's not all: there's also a giant (very giant) Gingerbread Man.

 

If all this seems a bit out there, well, homegoing celebrations aren't for everyone. But for family members who want their loved ones to go out with a party, Best Funeral Ever is the perfect way to say goodbye.

Don't miss Best Funeral Ever, Monday, January 6 at 10/9 c.

--Julie Gerstein

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