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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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