Sunday, July 10, 2005

Unusual Funerals

I recently came across this link in a blog post poking fun at the viewing after the death of a zealous Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

"The Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home erected a small stage in a viewing room, and arranged furniture on it much as it was in Smith's home on game day Sundays.

"Smith's body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes and a beer were at his side, while a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights."

What a unique way to celebrate someone's life and to remember them at their death. Personally, I like this idea much better than having my loved ones' body in a foreign box. Of course, I'm not sure it would be apppropriate for very many of my loved ones to be viewed sitting in a recliner, watching football. But the equivalent could be much more meaningful than the traditional wake.

What do you think? Is this type of unique viewing disrespectful or loving?

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