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"Best Funeral Ever" on TLC is a reality series that originally aired as a special.

For most of us, death is a time to mourn. But for others, it's a time to honor loved ones and celebrate their lives with home-going celebrations, services that turn the traditional funeral on its head.

In its first season, the series goes inside the Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home where John Beckwith Jr. and his staff organize the most unique ceremonies in the country, proving once again that, while you may be in a casket, it can still be fantastic! No expense is spared as Beck with and his team creates memories that will last forever. Starting with the deceased's occupation or passion in life, the Golden Gate staff works with the families to create a central theme for a memorial and then elevates it to an unforgettable party.

The special featured three elaborate home-going services:

• The death of a man who cherished the holiday season is sent off with a Christmas-inspired funeral, complete with reindeer, alpacas, elves and snow.

• A man whose disability prevented him from riding roller coaster is honored with a State-Fair-themed home-going ceremony and spends his last day on earth enjoying the rides, games and attractions.

• A former doo-wop singer known for his famous rib sauce jingle is remembered at a barbecue-themed funeral. His family celebrates his life among live pigs, praise dancers, and a barbecue sauce fountain in which loved ones dip a ceremonious rib to say goodbye.

"Best Funeral Ever" is produced Park Slope Productions and executive produced by Paul Reitano and Terrence Sacchi.

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Network: TLC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: January 6, 2013
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Park Slope Productions

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