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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Condolences, Er, Congratulations

There has been an increase in wedding ceremonies at funeral homes.  From Time:

Saying your vows alongside the recently deceased receiving their last rites? It's not as unusual as you might think.

In an attempt to branch out (and stay in business) funeral homes are offering their grounds for occasions other than memorials--namely, weddings. USA Today reports that in order to make full use of their property, 10 percent of funeral homes reported in a 2010 National Funeral Directors Association survey that they "owned or offered a community or family center in addition to traditional funeral facilities."

While the idea does initially seem, well, creepy, according to USA Today, a lot of brides and grooms-to-be don't seem to mind. One bride, Paulita Flores, who was married in the Center at Washington Park East Cemetery, said that after one tour of the funeral home, she was convinced.

"I fell in love and thought it was the perfect place," she said. "It was breathtaking, so it (the funeral home aspect) didn't cross my mind again."

Read more here.


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