1The dancing pallbearers from Ghana
They not only lift the casket at a funeral, but they also boost the mood of attendees by putting on a show. They parade the coffin on their backs and shoulders, while at the same time executing complex choreography that often involves spinning around, dropping to the ground, and even pretending to drop the casket, all to the delight of the audience. It's an unusual display, but families in Ghana are increasingly paying for the services to give their loved ones an upbeat send off.
Benjamin Aidoo, who started a business around the trend currently employs around 100 men and women and trains them to execute the choreography to perfection. He invests heavily in their outfits as well, for a more impressive visual effect.
2The teens who volunteered as pallbearers for a war veteran who had no family
The teens, all upper classmen, served as pallbearers for Jerry Wayne Pino, who died Dec. 12, 2016, at the age of 70. He served his country in Vietnam and wanted to be buried at Biloxi National Cemetery. Pino pre-arranged his service, but something was missing—pallbearers.
“He was an unclaimed veteran,” said Cathy Warden, who works at Riemann Family Funeral Homes, which handled Pino's services. She turned to her son Bryce for help.
Unfortunately, Bryce already had accepted an invitation out of town, which he nearly canceled to serve as one of Pino's pallbearers. So, he texted some classmates, and within minutes, Boomer had six young men to serve as pallbearers. JT Tripp, Bailey Griffin, Joseph Ebberman, Jake Strong, Kenny McNutt, and James Kneiss paid their respect for the Navy veteran who joined the military in 1970 in New Orleans and left the service as a petty officer third class. (Source)
3The pallbearers who were led by Mickey Mouse
4The teenagers who donned pink robes for a friend's funeral
Max Lewis, 19, died when the car driven by his friend Dan Palmer, 22, collided with a van in 2014. His grieving mother Nicola had asked mourners to wear something that showed her son's "sense of style," so dozens of friends—including the pallbearers and even the reverend—donned the robes, which was one of the teenager's trademark articles of clothing. (Source)
5The pallbearers who dressed as a 7-year-old's favorite superheroes
6The brave 4-year-old whose Star Wars coffin was surrounded by Stormtroopers
His parents, Terence and Marie Robinson, were determined to celebrate their son's life and passions, and had his body carried in a Star Wars coffin on a white horse-drawn carriage surrounded by stormtroopers. The carriage was covered floral tributes, including one reading "Jedi" and its wreaths in the shape of a lightsaber, Yoda, and R2-D2. (Source)
7The ironically funny photos of a clown's funeral
8The Peruvian tradition of Black pallbearers
The pallbearers routinely bear the caskets of ex-presidents, mining magnates, and bankers to their tombs in Lima. It is not a profession chosen by the men but is instead thrust upon them by a lack of opportunity—and racism remains so deeply ingrained in Peru that many don't consider the practice discriminatory.
Peru's most prominent funeral director, Agustin Merino, denies the tradition is in any way racist. His funeral home offers Black pallbearers by default unless clients ask for another option. (Source)