Death Has A New Attitude: “Best Funeral Ever” Premieres Tonight On TLC

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January 6, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong

Listen, don’t shoot the messenger.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, TLC will be premiering “Best Funeral Ever” tonight with an hour long special. The show will follow Dallas funeral home, Golden Gate Funeral Home, as they come up with some of the most eccentric homegoing celebrations you’ve ever seen. The owner,John Beckwith Jr wants to bring about a certain attitude to the sad situation, looking to give a smile to the mourning friends and family, versus just going with continued sadness. They can pretty much make anything happen; as Beckwith said, “If the deceased wanted to dunk a basketball, we can make it happen.”

Golden Gate, while providing the wishes for the family and possible “too little, too late” dreams by the deceased, they also provide professional funeral mourners. Now, some of you may have seen this type of person at a church service or funeral you’ve attended , but they do it for free. The professional mourners hired by Golden Gate are trained to grieve loudly and excessively at funerals of people they’ve never met so the family will open up.

The show will likely turn into a full reality show if the special does as well as TLC expects with the ratings.

I’m not sure that I’m interested in watching a show about eclectic funeral arrangements but it certainly can’t be any worse than anything else on television.

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  • Kam

    I’ve been done with TLC for a minute. Ain’t nobody learning nothing but how to be a d@mn fool on that channel now. As for Golden Gate, I have always known I was excessive but when they held a “funeral” for Big Tex after it burned up at the closing of the State Fair I was so very through. When I heard they were on this show I told my husband if I die and he lets Golden Gate handle the funeral I will find a way to come back from hades/hell/heaven or wherever and haunt him forever.

  • TxMom

    This funeral home is about 10 minutes away from my house. Every time I pass by, no matter the day of the week or time of the day, It’s ALWAYS packed beyond packed. I had no idea the kind of foolery they had going on in there. I will not be watching the show. They’re setting us back.

  • Babydoll 70

    I’m really hoping they take this foolishness off the air and soon. This is one of the most hideous stains on the City of Dallas.

  • chanela

    so um…. was the executive of golden gate practicing the dead body facial reconstruction on himself? is he the first living embalmed person or what? SMH he looks CREEPY (just like everybody else in the funeral industry)lol

  • Skyelarge28@yahoo.com

    I love the show and I love that this funeral home is giving people the service they desire. Remember it is the FAMILIES that want to have these funerals for their loved ones. The Bible says we are to rejoice and if these families finding rejoicing in giving their loved ones a non-traditional funeral, then so be it. I don’t see any of you giving these families money for their loved ones final hour. I have told my familiy that when I die, I want the Budlight Truck to be at the repass and have beer served to all who wants it, because I love Budlight Beer!

  • DATRUTH101

    THIS SHOW HAD ME DYING LAUGHING(no pun intended)..ESPECIALLY THE PROFESSIONAL MOURNERS PART, WTF IS THAT ABOUT! ..DONT THE FAMILY GIVE THEM THE SIDE EYE, LIKE (how they know the deceased so well enough to be falling out?) THESE PEOPLE HUSTLING THE DEAD! I AIN’T MAD AT EM!

  • DATRUTH101

    THIS SHOW HAD ME DYING LAUGHING(no pun intended)..ESPECIALLY THE PROFESSIONAL MOURNERS PART, WTF IS THAT ABOUT! ..DONT THE FAMILY GIVE THEM THE SIDE EYE, LIKE (how they know the deceased so well enough to be falling out?) THESE PEOPLE HUSTLING THE DEAD! I AIN’T MAD AT EM!

  • Shannon

    I saw two minutes of this show and I had to change t…his fool talking about doing the soul train line during the funeral…REALLY? Just a hot mess some twigs should not bea show unless its just informational.

  • Shannon

    I saw two minutes of this show and I had to change t…his fool talking about doing the soul train line during the funeral…REALLY? Just a hot mess some twigs should not bea show unless its just informational.

  • Walia Ibex

    pathetic.

  • whatever

    If this is a persons last wishes…I say let it be…And Golden Gate say they will make it happen.

  • legend618

    y’all mutherfuckers need JESUS…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

    I miss the days TLC was actually about learning. All it is is exploiting people for shock value.

  • Kenedy

    They might as well just come to my house & film me…they can film me taking a dump, eating cereal, clipping my toe nails…i mean since anything makes for entertainment nowdays

    • chanela

      don’t encourage them!

  • 5FDP

    There they go again. Black people being crazy.

  • IllyPhilly

    OMG! This made my head hurt instantly.

  • Candacey Doris

    Please don’t watch this.

  • PA-TX

    Phaedra and Willie Watkins are off sulking somewhere because they couldn’t get their freak show, I mean funeral home, on the air first. Smh!

  • rosemary davis

    you can’t be serious!!!!! who in their right mind would participate in such foolishness and a make beleive funeral.Death should be treated with dignity and respect not some kind of wild fiasco and of course this would be done by a black person who obviously is willing to do anyhthing for quick money including loosing self respect and the integrity of his business at any cost.clear stupidity to say the least

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