Best Funeral Ever….

Good morning readers!

casketSo, did anyone see the premiere of “Best Funeral Ever?” It supposedly was on last night on TLC (the so-called learning channel), which I unfortunately don’t have. I only have network TV, which means I watch the news all the time, because it’s on…ALL THE TIME.

Anyway, if you’re not familiar with it, the premise of the show features The Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas and John Beckwith, the funeral director who will deliver any themed funeral you want. Anything! For example, the man who sang the jingle for Chilli’s baby back ribs, Willie McCoy, died, and so they had a barbeque-themed funeral for him.

“Barbecue was the theme for the entire service, as was that jingle. McCoy’s pallbearers were singing it as they carried him out in a casket shaped like a smoker. The pastor was wearing a chef’s hat, and there were even live pigs present.”

LIVE PIGS? I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff at funerals, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a pig at one. But I completely support the idea of a themed funeral that makes it feel less funeral-y and more funny. After all, it should be a celebration of the person’s life, and if that means going hog wild (literally), then I’m all for it. Because after all, could you really feel sad when the pastor is wearing a chef’s hat and pigs are running around?

Does this sound like a good idea to you? If you’ve ever been to a funeral, then you know for the most part, they’re kind of a downer…unless it’s an Irish funeral, where people are drunk and telling jokes, but generally, they’re not very fun. But this sounds fun to me. I think if I were to have a themed funeral, it would just be a party theme because I love to party. So, basically, I just want my dead body at the reception. But…not in a casket. I’d like to be taxidermied and propped up in a chair with a drink in my hand. That way, when people pay their respects, as they do at a funeral, instead of stopping in front of the casket, they would just clink my glass that would be in my cold, dead hand, and say “Cheers, it’s been great knowing  you,” or something like that. I want it to be a completely interactive funeral.

I also want to see this show, and I’m sure my dad would get a kick out of it if he were still here. Have you considered a theme for your funeral yet? I actually plan on being cremated, but I might change my mind and go with a themed funeral if I can find someone to taxidermy me. I’ll put that in my will.  This way, I’ll be preserved more as a trophy than just another dead body.

In case you haven’t seen it:


About Death To Hollywood

My name is Celeste Donohue and I am a writer/comedian who started this blog to tell stories about my life growing up in a funeral home and my adult life which I have spent in Hollywood, California – hence the name, “Death To Hollywood”. Hopefully, you like to read those kinds of stories. If not, go read something serious and boring.....
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10 Responses to Best Funeral Ever….

  1. klpeach323 says:

    What in the hell did i just read, then watch on youtube?

  2. mary donohue says:

    Great idea,Celeste.We came close to themes from time to time.Love,Mom

  3. Kris says:

    Hog wild… it! Yea, you can be propped up in a chair with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and the Rolling Stones playing really loud:) Sounds like a great funeral to me!! I’ll be there one way or another:)

  4. Maddie says:

    If you really want your funeral to be interactive, why not put a battery in your taxidermy body so that when someone clinks the glass in your hand you say, “Let’s party” or “Yo” or whatever your favorite party expressions may be:-)

  5. The Elder sister says:

    Cee! I love your idea! Taxidermy Cee! I hope we get to wait for that experience though, I’d miss you I’d you died!

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