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Dead Woman Gets New Orleans Funeral Party With Her Corpse Holding Beer & Cigarettes [Photos]


A 53-year-old New Orleans woman known as party animal amongst her friends and family, was thrown a funeral party that resembled the way she said lived her life.

Miriam Marie Burbank died on June 1 and her two daughters wanted to send their “Mae Mae” home in style. Together with the Charbonnet Funeral Home, they called up their friends and had her mummified with beer and cigarettes in her hands as the guests danced by her on looking corpse.

Reports WGNO:

With a case of Busch beer by her side, a menthol cigarette in her hand, and a disco ball flashing overhead Miriam Burbank attended her last party.

Burbank’s two daughters, who call their mom Mae Mae, said she was full of life and they wanted her funeral to reflect that. So they told the funeral home directors at Charbonnet Funeral Home what she liked and came up with this.

As side from the beer and menthol cigarette, Burbank is sitting at a table in a living room type setting. Also the Saints lover has her fingernail painted black and gold.

Burbank’s daughters said other family members seemed to enjoy this fitting goodbye.

Burbank is not the first New Orleanian to have an unusual send off. In April, philanthropist and socialite Mickey Easterling causally sat on an iron bench and greeted guests with champagne and a magnificent hat.

They probably could have just held a reception with a picture of Burbank hanging up, but to each their own.

Take a look at the flicks from the New Orleans funeral party in the gallery below and let us know your thoughts on it in the comments. As Phonte says, it was “Weekend At Bernadette’s.”

Photos: WGNO

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Comment Comments: 11 Tags Tags: new orleans, wtf news, funeral service
  • Rosemary Davis

    Only black people,what a lack of respect for the dead, what did they do next force her stiff body in to a casket???I was so distraught when my mom died the last thing on my mind was a partyI couldn’t even bear to view her body but yet these children prop their mother up in a chair, stick a cigarette in her mouth, and a can of beer on the side gross just plain gross and disrespectfull.

    • JuneBug81

      Sounds more like they honored her memory to me. Every person, family, death, and grieving process is different. For all you know, this is precisely what she would have wanted. Not honoring that would have been true disrespect in my opinion. To each their own.

      I’m truly sorry for your loss and your suffering. Peace.

    • IMO

      I would love to be honored by being displayed doing what I enjoyed in life. If this is how the woman lead her life, than this was respectfully and none of your business if YOU don’t like it.

      • Rosemary Davis

        You are replying to old news, do you live in a remote area perhaps where your internet is slow and may be up once a week  you got news that everyone else has read already?? and you just may get your wish more sooner than later to be propped up in corpse form while others look on at your family’s ignorance.and stupidity Now you can like this or not.

  • Genus

    When my grandfather died, the alcoholic children & grandchildren among us (I was not one) were sitting under the “tree” drinking early in the day, as is usual for them. My mother a self-professed Jehovah Witness came to the porch and started screaming saying . . . yall ain’t got no sense, our father just died and yall under the tree drinking etc. etc. One uncle stuttered something really profound, he said:

    “You cain’t tell nobodee how ta moan!”

    And you know what? In his uneducated drunkin stupor, he was right! You can’t. My husband and I wanted to laugh so hard, but knew that if we did, my mother would have really lost it because:

    A. Its true, B. Dude was funny, C. “Moaning” is personal!

    D: You can’t tell nobody how to mourn!

    • Janet Felks

      So funny ! And I am sorry for the loss of your grandfather,having THOSE type of family members around sounds like he really is in a better place. “HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE”

      • Genus

        Thanx for the wishes. I’m not mad at those other people, they were being themselves. One has passed on, one is ill and the other is probably still being profound all the while mispronouncing every word! LOL!

        Grandpops — well, after living thru Jim Crow, working 1 job for 50 years, taking care of a wife, 9 children & what seems like 100′s of grands, he and the Creator are probably sipping tea. LOL! Peace.

  • Janice Edwards

    Like someone commented, to each it’s own. But I guess it’s all about the life you live, because I think this the “tackiest” “s —–t” I have EVER HEARD…LOL!!

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  • JOSH

    Who cares, they could as well bake her for dinner, thats their right, right? Thats a black man’s mentality displayed in foreign land. We don’t do that to our departed in this part of the world. We absolutely respect and send them away with dignity here in Africa, no matter our financial stand. We respect the dead.

  • Smooth

    This is disturbing. I feel sick…