There are many ways to put the “fun” in funeral.

When Miriam Burbank—”Mae Mae” to friends and family—passed away in New Orleans on June 1, her two loving daughters really put some thought into giving their mom an awesome post-mortem celebration.

Burbank was 53, and was always the life of any party she attended, her daughters told WGNO.

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Burbank’s daughters didn’t want a traditional funeral for their above-average mom, and talked to the Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home about how to best honor their mom’s fun-loving memory.

Ms. Burbank got to be the star of one last party—the funeral directors at Charbonnet Labat set Burbank up in a living room-type setting with beer (and a case of Busch on the floor for later), plus a bottle of Glenlivet 12 and a menthol cigarette.

Her nails were painted black and gold, a reference to the fact that she was a lifelong Saints fan. Overhead, a disco ball flashed and welcomed guests to this final party for their beloved Ms. Burbank.

“I didn’t want her to just go, so I had to do something amazing, so she’s never forgotten,” said Burbank’s daughter.


For those who couldn’t make it, this party was so great, local ABC affiliate WGNO did a news story about it.

[via the Daily Mail]