After watching “Best Funeral Ever” on TLC Network, I must adamantly state that this was one of the most outrageous misrepresentations of the funeral industry in quite some time.
In the African American community a funeral service is often referred to as a “Home Going” service. A Funeral or Home Going service is meant to pay tribute and give honor to the person who has passed. It seemed the purpose of this television show was to display the many different types of tributes that take place within our community, but failed miserably, and actually turned the services into a spectacle that poorly represented our industry.
Many of our colleagues throughout the funeral industry have expressed their disgust and anger over the disrespect this television program has shown to our profession. On January 7, 2013, the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association disseminated a Press Release to address this issue, and within it states: “We would like to express to the general public and media that this show does not in any way reflect how most funeral service professionals conduct funeral services.” (NFDMA Press Release)
It is our hope that the viewing public exposed to this program will not generalize all funeral professionals into the sub standard display of service that this show has represented.