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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Body of Dead Teen, Honored with ‘Extreme Embalming,’ is Posed with Video Games, Sunglasses, and Snacks

MatthewsA funeral home in New Orleans, Louisiana claims that have a history of unique requests and attempt to meet every grieving family's wishes for their deceased loved ones. 18-year-old Renard Matthews was sadly killed while walking his dog, but his family attempted to faithfully respect his laid-back lifestyle. The family had the teenager embalmed and positioned low in a comfy chair wearing dark sunglasses, holding a video game controller, and to the side was a small table with Doritos and soda.

The unique custom has been called “extreme embalming,” reports ABC News, and honors the deceased in personalized ways. It’s particularly popular in Puerto Rico. "In 2015, Green Lantern fan Renato Garcia, 55, died of an asthma attack and was bid goodbye in the costume he often wore around town. “It is what he would have wanted,” said sister Milagros Garcia."

See Elise Sole, Body of Dead Teen, Honored with ‘Extreme Embalming,’ is Posed with Video Games, Sunglasses, and Snacks, Yahoo, July 9, 2018.

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