TLC to air ‘Best Funeral Ever’ special

By Daniel S Levine,

In TLC’s long-running attempt to live up to its ‘Learning Channel’ roots, the network has taught us the hazards of planning weddings and what it’s like to live like a particular beauty queen named Honey Boo Boo. Now, the network is ready to teach us about the funeral parlor business with Best Funeral Ever.

Today, the network announced that it has placed an order for a special about Golden Gate Funeral Home, a Dallas-based business run by funeral director John Beckwith, Jr. He works with families to put the ‘fun’ back in funeral with a themed memorial and a party afterwards.

“We’re going to make these families extremely happy at the worst moments of their lives,” Beckwith said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

According to The Wrap, the funerals featured in the special include a Christmas-themed funeral with elves, reindeer and snow. Another is centered around a barbeque, with a singer performing a rib sauce jingle. The State Fair funeral gives the disabled man a chance to ride the roller coasters and other rides he couldn’t while he was alive.

“A home-going is much different than a funeral, it’s a celebration,” Beckwith added. “The Golden Gate experience is our version of the traditional African American home-going celebration. We do not produce generic funerals; everybody’s experience has to be different.”

Park Slope Productions produced the special, which is scheduled to air on Dec. 26 at 8pm. It sounds like a great way to celebrate the first day after Christmas with your family.



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