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This Bizarre New Funeral Trend In Puerto Rico Calls For Posing Dead Bodies

DECEMBER 4, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

The purpose of traditional open-casket funerals is to show that the dearly departed have thrown off their mortal coils, but a popular new trend that comes to us from Puerto Rico tries its hardest to convince funeral attendees to imagine the person as they were in life. It sounds beautiful, but it's actually kind of scary.

"Extreme embalming" doesn't just involve preserving the body. When people carry out this process, they pose the preserved bodies of their loved ones in true-to-life positions and drop them into familiar scenarios.

When Miriam Burbank passed away, for example, her family asked that she be embalmed in a seated position with a glass of Busch beer and a menthol cigarette in her hand. To her daughters, this was the perfect send-off for their mom.

Plenty of families have opted for this bizarre method.

For instance, a former taxi driver was propped up in his old cab.

The families say that it helps them remember the person instead of the corpse.

It's a pretty weird thing to do with a dead body, but then again, what's normal about throwing your dead uncle into a box and having children look at him while creepy organ music plays? Why not give your family members one last hoorah before their eternal sleep?