Erika Morant: Best Funeral Ever Might Be the Worst Tribute Ever for a Loved One

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 by Erika Morant

I’m sure that everyone wants to be memorialized for who he or she truly was at heart during his or her home-going services. However, after watching an episode of The Best Funeral Ever,  a new series on TLC, I believe that there is such a thing as an over the top tribute. True, I have heard of funerals with metallic caskets and horse drawn carriages for the average Joe, but to lay in state in a pit-smoker casket during a BBQ themed funeral appears to be a down right mockery of the dearly departed’s life.

The show which documents funerals executed by Texas based, Golden Gate Funeral Home, shows the most lavish if not ridiculous affairs; it in essence may lead one to ask “Are these people serious?” The depictions were extreme, from a mourner’s coaching class to the funeral attendees paying homage to the deceased by consuming ribs which were dipped in BBQ sauce overflowing from a punch fountain. Where does one draw the line?

As I have witnessed the preparation of several family member’s funerals, I must say that it has never once crossed my mind that my loved one’s would be dressed in costume or be celebrated by liturgical dancers, prancing about with racks of ribs. Is the celebration of life and one’s legacy sacred anymore? How would you like to be remembered?


  1. JDF

    January 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I was personally appalled at this foolishness…I caught it at 1am and was in shock….Are they really dipping ribs in the saunce and having a holy ghost moment? They professional mourners class was the cherry on top. To each it’s own, but I would haunt my family for even considering such an outlandish homegoing. I won’t even start in with the urn on the ferris wheel or in the bumper cars…We have just got to do better. I am all for highlighting the success of businesses, particularly black owned. Why not focus on the intelligence and integrity required to garner and maintain success?

  2. MsA

    January 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    In my oppinion, at the end of the day if these are someone’s wishes who are we to say what’s appropriate or not. Especially if we didnt have to attend the services. Things change and become upgraded and a funeral is no exception. I love the fact that people’s last request is to be celebrated for what the enjoyed and loved the most. Most funerals are sad and dreary and all about never seeing that person again. Your life is your life. And as long as its not illegal, immoral and infrenging on anyone else. DO YOU! Because no one else is going to!!!!

  3. Bennie Rose

    January 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I feel if this is what the family is requesting for their loved one I feel no one has the right to be appauled, because at the end it is what the family wants not the funeral home. The family went out seeking this type of funeral. I personally think it is kind of creative. I feel even though a funeral could be sad it is a joyous occassion. What is wrong with a happy funeral?

  4. corbin56

    January 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I was wondering when someone was going to speak about this show. That was THE DUMBEST idea for a show that I have ever seen!!! They took one guy up on the ferris wheel and did you see the looks of disgust on the white onlookers’ faces. I don’t think it has been on since. (thank goodness). Leave it to black people to go overboard showing their behinds.

    Tasteless and tacky.

  5. Here we go again

    January 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Throw a few dollars to an ignorant negro and they will do anything for you. This is the main theme behind all these reality shows that showcase black folks.

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