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TLC celebrates “Best Funeral Ever”

TLC is set to explore a funeral home in Dallas that organizes celebrations for the dearly departed in the one-hour special Best Funeral Ever.
December 14, 2012

UPDATE 19/12: TLC has pushed back the premiere date for the special. It will now air on January 6 at 10 p.m. EST.

TLC is set to explore a funeral home in Dallas that organizes celebrations for the dearly departed in the one-hour special Best Funeral Ever.

The one-off from Park Slope Productions will air on December 26 at 8 p.m/7 p.m. CST.

Set in the Golden Gate Funeral Home, Best Funeral Ever sees John Beckwith Jr. and his staff creates “home-goings,” which, Beckwith says, are “much different than a funeral; it’s a celebration.” Together the staff and the families come up with a theme for a memorial, and turn it into a party.

Three home-going services are featured in the special, including a Christmas-inspired funeral (pictured), a fair-themed home-going, and a barbecue-based celebration, complete with a barbecue sauce fountain.

Best Funeral Ever is executive produced by Paul Reitano and Terrance Sacchi.

“The Golden Gate experience is our version of the traditional African-American home-going celebration,” added Beckwith Jr. in a statement from the network.”We do not produce generic funerals; everybody’s experience has to be different.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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