I won't lie to you folks, there have been days when I've thought to myself "boy oh boy, you know what? I would really love to attend my own funeral, just to see who shows up and what people will say about me", and do you know what? I'm not ashamed to admit it! Because I know for a FACT that 99% of us have had that exact same thought. It's just one of those weird things we think about as humans, I suppose.
Well, apparently, now there actually is a way that we can attend our own funeral! Although perhaps not in the exact way we initially hoped for. Allow me to explain...
Okay so, by now we're pretty used to seeing all KINDS of weird trends cropping up all over the internet... especially since half the time I'm the one who tells you about them. Whether it involves something like turning your eyebrows into bows, dressing up like a dog and walking around on all fours all day, or some wild new dance craze we're all supposed to master in 5 minutes.
But arguably NONE of them are more baffling than something that has been dubbed as 'extreme embalming'... which is a process in which dead bodies are preserved and displayed in "life-like" scenarios so that all their friends and family can see them as they once knew and loved them before they eventually have to bury them 10 feet under.
The trend was first featured during a Channel 5 documentary (A very popular UK TV station) called Extreme Embalming, and it explored the shockingly increasing popularity of 'lifelike' funerals in both the USA and the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. It also featured interviews with families and funeral directors alike.
Credit: Channel 5
I... I don't have any words. I'm not sure if I'm actually impressed or horrified at the way she seems to be clutching a glass of white wine.
Credit: Channel 5
This somewhat unconventional practice has risen to prominence in Puerto Rico, before then spreading out to the likes of New Orleans and Ohio as a means of giving departed loved ones more of a celebratory send-off rather than some depressing, black-cloaked, miserable affair.
Last August, the family of an American socialite named Mickey Easterling decided to go for the 'extreme embalming' approach for her memorial
Her family decided to pose her sitting down wearing her trademark signature feather boa - a glass of her favorite champagne in one hand, her favorite brand of cigarette in the other - just as she was apparently known while alive.
Isn't that just... charming?
Easterling herself had apparently told her daughter she wanted her memorial to be one last chance for her to throw a party, meaning she could be the glamorous hostess, even in her afterlife... which, when you put it like that I guess sounds pretty darn cool.
"It was a very nice party, actually," funeral director Patrick Schoen told VICE.
"She was kind of set back a little bit from us, almost like a stage setting, with orchids all around her to make it look like she was in a garden."
"She had a little bucket next to her with the champagne bottle in it, and a pink boa on her. Her hairdresser came and did her hair. She was in all her designer clothes."
Another New Orleans resident, 18-year-old Renard Matthews, enjoyed a similar treatment for his funeral just months before.
Tragically, the 18-year-old was fatally shot back in June 2018 while he was out walking his own dog (I'll say it once and I'll say it a million-times folks, our world is TRASH) and so Renard's mother Temeka decided that her son deserved a special, non-traditional send-off.
Telling WGNO Renard was 'a bit of a homebody' who was a HUGE fan of the Bolton Celtics, the family decided to position him at the funeral home seated in a chair in front of the TV playing NBA2K.
He was also wearing a Kyrie Irving Celtics jersey with matching socks, and had a bag of Doritos and a root beer on the table beside him... just the way he would have... wanted? I guess?
I suppose at the end of the day it's just as they say, funerals aren't exactly for the person who has passed, it's for the loved ones of that person so that they have an opportunity to say goodbye properly. And if this is how they wanna do it, then who am I to judge!?
But do you reckon YOU'D want to receive a similar fate?
If you would enjoy being "extremely embalmed" how do you think you'd like to be, er, "set up"? Let me know in the comments! And don't forget to share this with your friends and family too! Who knows, it may get some pretty interesting conversations flowing around the dinner table! AAx