Although funerals are commonly referred to as home going celebrations, one woman’s funeral has given the terminology a whole new meaning.
According to WGNO, Miriam Marie “Mae-Mae” Burbank’s two daughters ultimately decided that they didn’t want a traditional memorial service for their mother, who passed on Sunday, June 1. They wanted much more to commemorate the woman their beloved mother. So, they came up with an unconventional concept for the funeral arrangements to personify the life she lived and the good times she lived for.
“She gets down, 53. She’s not a normal 53,” Zymora Kimball said of her mother. “I didn’t want her to just go, just go. So, I had to do something amazing. So she’s never forgotten.”
Kimball definitely achieved her goal! After discussing their preliminary plans with the Charbonnet Funeral Home of New Orleans, the idea was brought to life in a way no one probably would have imagined! Burbank was embalmed and propped up in a chair holding a menthol cigarette in one hand while her other hand was placed on a wine glass.
She was seated at a table wearing a hat and a pair of sunglasses. Her fingernails were also painted to pay homage to her favorite NFL football team, the New Orleans Saints. However, the fun didn’t stop there! Burbank also had a can of her favorite beer, Busch, positioned on the table next to a crossword puzzle and an ashtray with a cigarette lighter.
The footage also showed a case of Busch beer at her side and a coffee table with a bottle of Glenlivet 12 Scottish whiskey and numerous bottles of Peach Ciroc. The scenery resembled a living room style setting with vibrant disco balls to top off the full party effect.
However, the party isn’t over! On Friday, June 13, the home going celebration will continue at 11:00 am at the Charbonnet Funeral Home in New Orleans.
Funerals in New Orleans have always been considered a form of celebration, and Miriam Burbank’s funeral was the epitome of a “last party.” What do you think of her funeral service?
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