BAD TIMING? TLC Debutes New Show ‘Best Funeral Ever’

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TLC, the same network that brought you “Honey Boo Boo,” has picked worst time ever to launch their new show, Best Funeral Ever

Airing on Dec. 26, one day after Christmas, the one-time special with options to be picked up, will go behind the scenes of the Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas, described as a “unique funeral home.”

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Yahoo News has reported on extravagant funeral options, including a $35,000 gold-plated coffin. But this is the first we’ve heard of a funeral home creating scenarios in which the deceased can (kind of) slam dunk a basketball, which Beckwith says is another one of its potential services.

“We do not have generic funerals,” Beckwith tells a family attending a memorial planning session. “Everybody’s experience has to be different.”

In a clip for the show, Beckwith says Golden Gate’s services are based on the tradition of homegoing funerals, which have their roots in the African-American community and are constructed as a more vibrant and positive occasion than some traditional funerals.

(When the singer Whitney Houston passed away, her family sent out invitations that said the services would be done in the style of a homegoing.)

“We’re going to make these families extremely happy at the worst moments of their lives,” Beckwith told EW.

Personally, I think this is an awful show premise, especially during tough times and a already berated holiday season…

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