10 Weirdest Wakes and Funerals
Death is considered as the saddest life event and no one in this world can escape it.
After death, the funeral ceremony is carried out by the closest family members, so that the person’s soul can rest in peace.
But, there are some unorthodox people in the world whose funerals were performed in a pretty unusual way.
Be it a dead boxer posed in the ring or a biker whose last wish was not to be buried in a traditional casket, but rather to be buried on his bike in a riding pose with all racing gear on – well you will see them all!
Check out some amazing funerals and wakes here!
Fred Guentert may not have lived like a king, but he’ll be buried like a pharaoh.
Guentert spent 25 years crafting an Egyptian-themed coffin in the garage of his Azalea Park home, planning for the day he would be laid to rest in it.
Guentert died the night of Jan. 29, 2015 due to heart failure, according his wife Joyce Guentert. He was 92.
Guentert’s wish to spend eternity in the hand-painted, hand-carved box decorated with images such as the Egyptian goddess Isis and Nut, the goddess of the Sky, will become a reality soon when he is buried at Glen Haven Cemetery in Winter Park. | source 1, source 2
Christmas-inspired funeral complete with reindeer, elves and snow.
Before one of them was sent to fight in Afghanistan for the British Army, they made a deal: If one of them died, the other had to wear a dress to the funeral.
So when Barry Delaney turned up to the graveside funeral of best friend Private Kevin Elliott, he did so wearing a tight fluorescent dress, The Times reports.
The green dress was matched with equally bright pink leg warmers and black hiking boots. | source
The family of an Ohio biker has fulfilled his dying wish by burying him astride his beloved Harley-Davidson in a see-through casket.
Dressed in his leathers and sunglasses, and sitting on top of his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser, Billy Standley, who died on Sunday, was taken for one last ride.
The body of the 82-year-old, who died of lung cancer, was visible through the transparent Plexiglas coffin that his bike has been placed in. | source
Before he was murdered earlier this month, 22-year-old David Morales Colon had told his family that he didn’t want a traditional casket.
So the Marin Funeral Home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, organized for Colon’s body to be dressed in biking gear and placed on top of his Honda CBR600 while friends and families paid their respects. | source
Zeng Jia paid for a full service along with flowers, photographers that was attended by mourners who walked past her while she was in a coffin.
The 22-year-old spent an hour lying in the casket with a Hello Kitty doll on her chest before getting up to join in at her own wake.
Zeng said: “It struck me that people spend all that time and effort on someone when they are gone and they cannot appreciate it. | source
A man married his deceased girlfriend in a combination funeral and wedding ceremony.
Chadil Deffy, also known as Deff Yingyuen, placed a ring on the finger of Sarinya “Anne” Kamsook, his girlfriend of 10 years, during the ceremony in Thailand’s Surin province.
The couple had planned to get married in the future, but Yingyuen wanted to focus on his studies before tying the knot, the Thai-Asean News (TAN) Network reported. | source
The family of a murdered boxer has paid tribute to his sporting career by showcasing his fully dressed corpse in a boxing ring.
Super featherweight Christopher Rivera Amaro, 23, was shot dead last week, and his family dressed his body in his boxing outfit before propping him upright in a makeshift ring for a wake at a community centre in Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan. | source
Sitting at a table, beer, whisky and cigarettes nearby, with nails painted in the colors of her favorite American football team, Miriam Burbank didn’t move much at the funeral. | source
Thirty years ago Chicago gambler Willie Stokes Jr was buried in a casket resembling a Cadillac Seville.
Stokes, 28, who had been shot dead on the steps of a motel, was propped up in the driver’s seat. His car coffin boasted blinking headlights, a windscreen, Cadillac grille and a license plate with Willie’s “Wimp” nickname. | source