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When 53-year-old Miriam Marie “Mae-Mae” Burbank passed away on June 1, her daughters knew they wanted to celebrate their mother’s life in a way they knew she would love: with one last party.

“She’s not a normal 53,” her daughter explained to WGNO. “I didn’t want her to just go, so I did something amazing so she’s never forgotten.”

Burbank was a “party girl” who loved life, so her daughters wanted to capture that feeling during her home going service. They called Charbonnet Funeral Home in New Orleans and sent their mom off with one last hurrah, complete with her favorite beer, cigarettes, music and disco balls.

While most funerals show the deceased in a casket decorated with artificial makeup and formal clothes, Burbank was dressed in New Orleans Saint’s black and gold (with nails to match), and sat at a card table listening to music with a cigarette between her fingers.

Despite the unorthodox ceremony, Burbank’s friends and family thought it was a fitting tribute to her life.

“When I walked in I felt like I was in her house,” her sister Sherline Burbank explained. “I don’t hurt so much because it’s more her, and it’s like she’s not dead. It’s not like a funeral. It’s like she’s in the room with us.”

Burbank’s funeral is just another in a long line of “non-traditional” services. Many funeral homes across the country are jumping on the trend of providing unique send-offs like those featured in the TLC reality show Best Funeral Ever.

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  • paintgurl40

    (shrugs) If they like it I love it. I’m on the fence about this. I think it probably felt better to those mourning because it felt more “festive” and they didn’t feel so stricken with grief. Many people are so accustomed to the “traditional” funeral that this feels creepy and weird. The traditional style funeral is SO painful. But eventually someone is going to take it too far….like having that Drunk in Love dance at a funeral. (Shivers!) If the deceased is the type of person that usually went against the grain, then why not have something unique for them?

  • G

    My family is from NOLA . . . belief me, “this is how they roll”. New Orleans has a vivid and morbid history of strange burial practices. This one is just the most recent.

  • Kiah G.

    I’m not one to pass judgment on how a family chooses to grieve but this is very creepy imo. But lowkey the Hispanic community outside of the states have been doing this for a very long time now. They place their loved ones on motorcycles on stoops hanging out. I’ve seen it all from them so I guess the trend is moving to the states. Still creepy!