If you've been to a traditional funeral, you know it's a time for grieving, with a hushed tone and tears flowing, but TLC's new reality show "Best Funeral Ever" focuses on home-goings that are not just a celebration of life, they are a party.
"We as a race of people, we have always celebrated our home-going services because we recognize that being absent from the body we are present with the Lord," said Pastor A. Lewis Eaton of True Believers Baptist Church.
Willie "Wolf" McCoy's funeral was a tribute to his biggest accomplishment. The singer-songwriter was among the voices in one of the most memorable commercials in a decade the Chili's baby-back ribs jingle.
"These are families who have lost loved ones so there is never any disrespect with these types of home-going celebrations," said John Beckwith, Jr., CEO of Golden Gate Funeral home in Dallas.
Wolf was buried in a barbecue-themed casket, along with a fountain flowing with BBQ sauce. All of it was captured on camera for TLC.
"If there were no cameras here at all we would still do these types of services. We've been doing these for over 30 years," said Beckwith. "For those who think this is just another reality show this is our reality."
Funeral cost anywhere from $5,000 to upwards of $40,000.
While the concept may seem irrevrant or funny to you, it's serious to those who strive to give the dearly departed the best funeral ever.
"Best Funeral Ever" airs on TLC Sunday night at 9 p.m. Central.