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New Orleans funeral home draws notice for posing the dead, NY Times reports
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 21, 2014 | Jed Lipinski

Posted on 06/22/2014 10:51:46 AM PDT by BBell

The Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home in New Orleans has fielded dozens of calls lately in response to a growing desire for funerals in which the deceased are displayed in poses reflective of their lives, The New York Times reported Saturday in a feature story.

In recent months, memorial services for New Orleans socialite Mickey Easterling and local resident Miriam Burbank have drawn attention to the practice, the Times noted.

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


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As far as I am concerned they can dump me in a shallow grave in the woods. Nothing to see here move along.
1 posted on 06/22/2014 10:51:46 AM PDT by BBell
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A celebration of the life of Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans philanthropist and party giver who died April 14, was held at the Saenger Theatre Tuesday evening April 22, 2014. The arrangements included a display of Ms. Easterling's body, sitting on a wrought-iron bench, with a Champagne glass in one hand and a cigarette holder in another. (Photo by Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com l The Times-Picayune)

2 posted on 06/22/2014 10:53:15 AM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

Hookers too? Sorry, I’m going to have to pass on this brainy idea.


3 posted on 06/22/2014 10:53:48 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: BBell
New Orleans has a tradition of funerals being more like celebrations, so I say let 'em do it if that's what the decedent wanted.

I worked in Funeral Service for three years. In south Georgia we wouldn't do that.

4 posted on 06/22/2014 10:57:40 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Shiny!)
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To: BBell

Degeneracy reaches no end point on its downward spiral. Ever increasing stimulation is required for the degenerate to maintain the same feelings of “aliveness.”.


5 posted on 06/22/2014 10:57:45 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: BBell

New Orleans, what in THE hell? This is what we rebuilt you for?

I want my Katrina taxes back.


6 posted on 06/22/2014 11:00:49 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: FlingWingFlyer; All
"Bathhouse" 0'Muslim w/Reggie Love; while world events $h¡t-hits-the-fan

7 posted on 06/22/2014 11:01:10 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: BBell

I wouldn’t be too shocked to hear that most of these stiff are registered to vote in the Nov elections.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 11:02:41 AM PDT by Larry381 (The Media Have Become the Enemy of the American people...Pat Caddell)
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To: BBell

personally I’m for the roast and toast, but this is nothing new, in the past many people had the deceased posed and they even took photographs with them. It just proves that history repeats.


9 posted on 06/22/2014 11:05:11 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BBell

Umm, remember the episode of The Twilight Zone where the astronauts landed and it was a cemetery?

And people were “buried “ like this?

Great TV but in real life? Not for me.


10 posted on 06/22/2014 11:07:27 AM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: BBell

Weekend at Bernie’s


11 posted on 06/22/2014 11:14:09 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: BBell
Great

Booze and Smokes


12 posted on 06/22/2014 11:15:45 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: BBell

13 posted on 06/22/2014 11:16:18 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: BBell

Ghoulish


14 posted on 06/22/2014 11:17:52 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: BBell; Gefn; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...

Life imitates art.



15 posted on 06/22/2014 11:19:54 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BBell

Although macabre, this is an old tradition.

The Victorians made a big deal of posing their dead, sometimes as if they were still alive, and taking pictures. Apparently, prior to photography, people would have portraits done of their dead.

There are countless videos on youtube featuring families with their dead babies. I haven’t seen videos of older children yet... but I haven’t been looking, either.


16 posted on 06/22/2014 11:20:03 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: BBell
And from Puerto Rico
a Boxer who was gunned down
propped up in a fake boxing ring


17 posted on 06/22/2014 11:20:20 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: real saxophonist
Off topic, but I was so pissed with "Forest Lawn" in the prep for my mom's funeral.....when she drew her last in a hospital bed, her head of course flopped down and to the side.

I guess the morts took their sweet time to get around to her remains, because the same 'flop' was evident in the casket.

That, and the fact that they stole one of the Death Certificates that I'd paid for (so they could get paid from the prepaid burial insurance), got me very, very nasty with many, many of their people.

18 posted on 06/22/2014 11:21:05 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: BBell
How about the guy buried on his Harley?


19 posted on 06/22/2014 11:25:05 AM PDT by QT3.14 (NSA: The only government entity that really is intrested in what you say.)
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To: BBell

Any bets on how this funeral home would pose Bill Clinton’s carcass?


20 posted on 06/22/2014 11:28:16 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: ErnBatavia
Sorry to hear that. That's why I make a distinction between 'Funeral Service', which I worked in 25-30 years ago, and the 'Funeral Industry', which is what it mainly is now.

Very few small family businesses anymore, everything's under a corporate umbrella.

Again, sorry for your experience.

21 posted on 06/22/2014 11:28:59 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Shiny!)
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To: DPMD

X RATED


22 posted on 06/22/2014 11:29:37 AM PDT by Kackikat
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To: cousteausghost

For some reason I thought you might find this amusing. ;)


23 posted on 06/22/2014 11:29:39 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Cowboy Bob

LOL


24 posted on 06/22/2014 11:30:13 AM PDT by Kackikat
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To: BBell
"And When I Die" by Laura Nyro.

I'm not scared of dying
And I don't really care
If it's peace you find in dying
Well, then let the time be near

If it's peace you find in dying
And if dying time is here just bundle up my coffin
'Cause it's cold way down there
I hear that it's cold way down there
Yeah, crazy cold way down there

And when I die, and when I'm gone
There'll be one child born
In this world to carry on, to carry on

Now troubles are many, they're as deep as a well
I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell
Swear there ain't no heaven and I pray there ain't no hell
But I'll never know by living, only my dying will tell
Yes, only my dying will tell, yeah, only my dying will tell

And when I die, and when I'm gone
There'll be one child born
In this world to carry on, to carry on, yeah yeah

Give me my freedom for as long as I be
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me
And all I ask of dying is to go naturally
Oh, I want to go naturally

Here I go, hey hey
Here comes the devil right behind
Look out children
Here he comes, here he comes, hey

Don't want to go by the devil
Don't want to go by demon
Don't want to go by Satan
Don't want to die uneasy
Just let me go naturally

And when I die and when I'm dead, dead and gone
There'll be one child born
In our world to carry on, to carry on, yeah yeah

25 posted on 06/22/2014 11:32:04 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Some suggested posings for myself and perhaps others here as well:





26 posted on 06/22/2014 11:38:04 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BBell
As far as I am concerned they can dump me in a shallow grave in the woods. Nothing to see here move along.

Burn me up and dump me on the Parade Deck on Parris Island.

27 posted on 06/22/2014 11:38:05 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Shiny!)
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To: BBell
The Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home, located in the HEART of Treme, the oldest African-American neighborhood in the country, has been servicing families since 1883.

Now it makes sense.

28 posted on 06/22/2014 11:45:24 AM PDT by Daffynition ("We Are Not Descended From Fearful Men")
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To: HangnJudge

Oh my. She should be posed in the White House Situation Room.


29 posted on 06/22/2014 11:47:03 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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I think it's great!

I have always told my family that I bite the dust I don't want my casket stuck in the corner of the room. Usually mourners make a brief stop at a casket then go on to visit with others leaving the poor dead person alone in the corner of the room.

I want my open casket in the center of the room. I am to be propped up with a cigarette, Martguerita & iPhone within reach.

IOW, it's my funeral and I want to be the center of attention. Yes, I realize it is all about optics. But those are my instructions & if they are not followed I will haunt then until the end of time.

30 posted on 06/22/2014 11:49:34 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Slings and Arrows; All

Plant catnip by my grave. That way kitties can visit me and think I was a great hoomin.


31 posted on 06/22/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: Gefn

I like that idea!


32 posted on 06/22/2014 11:54:16 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

In Victorian times taking pictures of the dead was very common. They would pose them as angels, sleeping, etc, and with living children and family. It was not considered morbid but as a remembrance. Of course, family pictures were rarer at that time. Nowadays, stillborn children are the ones who have no photos and so there is a business taking pictures of them before burial.

The Latin is “Memento Mori”.


33 posted on 06/22/2014 12:16:34 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: BBell

Unfortunately, being only 45 and with the way this country’s going, I expect to end up in a ditch with a bullet in the back of my head.

Hopefully I can take a number of the bastards out before they get me, but I’ll be a cheap funeral. The buzzards will also be grateful.


34 posted on 06/22/2014 12:22:17 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: I still care

I have not heard of that custom. I knew my Grandparents and Great Grandparents who were born in the mid nineteenth century. They never reported such behavior. I know from historical photographs that slain outlaws were often photographed.


35 posted on 06/22/2014 12:26:12 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: ErnBatavia
Off topic, but I was so pissed with "Forest Lawn" in the prep for my mom's funeral.....when she drew her last in a hospital bed, her head of course flopped down and to the side.

Where I live in TX, When someone dies, the hospital ties feet together, and hands, and also, ties a thing around the head so the mouth isn't open, and they straighten the head.

36 posted on 06/22/2014 12:31:46 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Weekend at Bernie's

Christopher Walken as the glitzy funeral home owner in "Undertaking Betty". I think it's one of the funniest movies ever.

37 posted on 06/22/2014 12:35:45 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbRD6u-VkVE

I want a “Plots R Us” Salad bar.


38 posted on 06/22/2014 12:37:02 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Gefn
Umm, remember the episode of The Twilight Zone where the astronauts landed and it was a cemetery?
And people were “buried “ like this?

First thing I thought of. Great minds, etc., as in this scene, where the plain girl wins the beauty contest.

Episode HERE . Gotta love those silver-painted combat boots.

39 posted on 06/22/2014 12:40:36 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka

And the astronaut is so sweet he tells the plain girl she clearly *is* the prettiest?

It’s actually one of my favorites from that series.

Thanks for finding it on you tube,


40 posted on 06/22/2014 12:44:06 PM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: BBell

I want to be ground up and tilled into a vegetable garden.


41 posted on 06/22/2014 12:44:49 PM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Oatka

I taped that TZ episode about Planet Cemetery. When run in fast forward, the “corpses” appear to be vibrating since they are actors trying very, very hard to hold perfectly still, since a freeze frame only works if no `living’ character is in the scene.

“Mr. Wickwire” still creeps me out.


42 posted on 06/22/2014 12:49:43 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: BBell

When patriots take the country back I know of a few people I’d like to see posed at their funerals. Posed like Mussolini.


43 posted on 06/22/2014 1:52:03 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: Larry381

La. has some very strict voting laws. We have had a voter I.D. law for decades. My wife and daughter both work the elections and the system down here is pretty redundant so voter fraud would be difficult. La. is one of the states that has the best system to prevent voter fraud.


44 posted on 06/22/2014 3:52:27 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: DPMD

Would Monica be part of it?


45 posted on 06/22/2014 3:54:20 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

That sounds good. Make me into mulch.


46 posted on 06/22/2014 3:58:50 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: I still care

:)


47 posted on 06/22/2014 5:50:25 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: HangnJudge

That was my favorite picture from the article.


48 posted on 06/22/2014 5:53:01 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: BBell

Is it really any creepier than “posing” the deceased in a box with their heads on a small silk pillow and their hands folded?


49 posted on 06/22/2014 6:08:11 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I am one of those that believes when they pass on they are gone. The body is only a vessel. I have planned and paid for many funerals in our family. My instructions are.......absolutely no embalming, no viewing, closed casket with a blown up pic on a stand next to it, graveside. I want everyone to remember them alive, not laying in a casket dead.
That’s just me.


50 posted on 06/22/2014 6:42:45 PM PDT by sheana
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