The strange requests made at funerals

Grief can bring out a lot of different emotions in people. For some, grief is unbearable and losing a friend or family member can bring out some displays of odd behaviour. For some, the need to fully honour the deceased can bring out the best in them.

Funeral directors have a tough job and may find themselves in a position where they have to set up some strange arrangements at the request of family, friends, and those who have left instructions even from beyond the grave.

I’ll take this part please

It is not uncommon for families to ask for a few jars when loved ones were cremated – what is strange is the specification of certain body parts. Many funeral directors have been approached by people with a very specific request, such as arms, legs, or heart. When someone dies it’s like a piece goes missing – and some people in particular seem to know exactly what parts they need!

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A dressing down

When someone has to attend a funeral, it is usually expected that a person should dress smartly. It’s about paying your respects, so people usually don their Sunday best. However, one funeral director received a very unusual request indeed – a man asked if he could see his deceased friend in the chapel of rest and go in the nude! Luckily for the other guests present, this is was a step too far, even for the normally obliging funeral director.

Coffins come in all shapes and sizes

Creating a unique burial is a great way to honour the dead. It is not uncommon for people to be buried with photographs, letters or personal items. For a guy called Billy Standley, however, it all got a little more complicated.

Billy lived for his Harley motorcycle, so his dying wish was for it to be buried with him. However, accommodating a large and heavy motorcycle is not an easy task and knowing this he decided to prepare for it. Before his death, he and his sons constructed a coffin of translucent plexiglass stored in his garage. Billy did not want to just ride it in style, he wanted a crowd. Organized by various straps and metal buckles, the coffin was hoisted into the back of a pick-up truck on the bike, helping Billy to make his final journey on his beloved bicycle.

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Practice makes perfect

With anything in life, it can take some practice to get it right. Knowing this, a young woman from China decided to take matters into her own hands when it comes to organising her wake. She used savings to stage a lavish funeral complete with origami decorations, professional photographers, and many to mourn her. She invited family and friends and even invested in a makeup artist who specializes in makeup for funerals.