Monday, June 23, 2014
A funeral home in New Orleans, among others, is providing a unique and increasingly requested service for those planning funerals for family members or making future plans for themselves. The service includes arranging the body in a position and with a backdrop that shows the person as they would have been be seen in life. This type of planning is available in multiple locations, but is still relatively rare. Services of this kind have included such scenes as the deceased person positioned in a kitchen cooking, smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer, and standing in full gear in a boxing ring.
See Campbell Robertson & Frances Robles, Rite of the Sitting Dead: Funeral Poses Mimic Life, The new York Times, June 21, 2014.