10 Weirdest Wakes and Funerals
1The Murdered Boxer Who Was Posed Leaning Against the Corner of a Makeshift Boxing Ring for His Wake
Mourners who came to his wake in San Juan in February 2014 found him posed afoot, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses glasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands. Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin Funeral Home, said Rivera's family wanted to stress his boxing. The funeral home suggested posing him in a ring.
The 23-year-old Rivera had a 5-15 record in the 130-pound weight class. Police said he was shot dead in the city of Santurce.
2The Thai Man Who Married His Dead Girlfriend in Funeral-Wedding Ceremony
The couple had planned to get married in the future, but Yingyuen wanted to focus on his studies before tying the knot. Unfortunately, Kamsook unexpectedly died in an accident before the couple could set a date.
Unfortunately, the promise of "till death do us part" won't mean much in this wedding.
3The Chinese Student Who Organized a Rehearsal of Her Own Funeral So She Could Enjoy It
The young student told members of the press that she got the idea for the morbid event after realizing that people spend a lot of time and effort on someone when they're gone, and they never get the chance to appreciate and enjoy it. Determined not to let that happen to her, Zeng Jia used up all her savings to arrange an elaborate funeral service complete with a coffin, flowers and origami birds, as well as photographers and a crowd of mourners. She then invited her family and friends to take part in the unusual festivities. Believe it or not, some of them actually attended, and got the chance to look at the young girl as she lay in her coffin, with a Hello Kitty doll on her chest. To make the whole thing look and feel realistic, Zeng even hired makeup artists who specialize in working on dead bodies to give her that coveted passed-away look. She spent an hour playing dead, as all her relatives and friends passed by her coffin to say their final goodbyes, after which she jumped out to attend the wake and even delivered a eulogy in her honor.
4The man Who Was Posed Riding His Motorcycle at His Wake
After being embalmed, Colon's corpse was kitted out with blue jeans and a riding jacket, sunglasses, and a black baseball cap. He was posed leaning forward on the bike, as if he was riding at great speed down a long, straight stretch of road.
The result is surprisingly lifelike.
5The Puerto Rico Man Who Asked to Be Standing at His Wake
The owner of the Marin Funeral Home, Damaris Marin, claimed that Pantoja's mother had asked him to fulfill her dead son's last wish. Pantoja was found dead underneath a bridge in San Juan and buried 3 days later.
6The Man Who Asked to Be Buried on His Harley Davidson Motorcycle and Wanted the Whole World to See It
Standley's family said he'd been talking about being buried on his Harley for years and liked to take people to the garage to show off the unusual casket his two sons had built for him. He told people he didn't just want to ride off to heaven, he wanted the world to see him do it in the big see-through box.
His sons, Pete and Roy, fashioned the casket out of Plexiglas, reinforcing the bottom with wood and steel rods to handle the extra weight. Five embalmers worked to prepare Standley's body with a metal back brace and straps to ensure he'll never lose his seat.
7The Man Who Wore a Lime Dress to His Friend's Funeral to Fulfill Death Pact
So when Barry Delaney turned up to the graveside funeral of best friend Private Kevin Elliott in September 2009, he did so wearing a tight fluorescent lime dress, that was matched with equally bright pink leg warmers and black hiking boots.
Family and friends of the soldier, who was in the Army's Black Watch battalion, were believed to have been warned in advance of the pact - and Mr Delaney's intention of fulfilling it.
8The Funeral Home That Hosted a Christmas-Themed Ceremony
As shown in TLC's reality series "Best Funeral Ever" in January 2013, the death of a man who loved the holiday season inspired a Christmas-themed funeral featuring dancing, reindeer, snow, and a coffin on a sleigh.
As with any family gathering, the funeral preparation hit a couple of rough patches ... particularly when one Golden Gate employee refused to don a gingerbread head for the occasion.
9The Man Who Spent 25 years and $10,000 Making Himself an Egyptian-Style Coffin
A lifelong admirer of Egyptian artistry, Guentert began crafting the coffin in the mid-1980s. Hand-painted red, black, gold and green and made of cedar to resist rot, the coffin is almost 7 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and sits in two pieces inside Guentert's sawdust-filled workshop. A hand-carved image of the Egyptian god Osiris adorns the lid. Near the base, you can see a colorful image of Isis. The interior has been decorated with a full-size painting of Nut – the sky goddess. On one side of the box is the Eye of Horus, looking on intently.
10The Bizarre Kayaking Funeral That Made The Rounds on the Internet
The forum on Reddit is abuzz with bad puns. Here is a brief sample:
"At least the funeral seemed to go swimmingly."
"Making jokes at a funeral, canoe believe this guy? That is definitely a paddling."
"Give him a stern look and thwart his plans."
"I think we should all take a bow for our efforts."
It's definitely a creative way to say goodbye to a kayaking fan.
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