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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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