Dead People Get Life-Like Poses at Their Funerals

PHOTO: Miriam Burbank had an unusual send-off for a funeral in New Orleans, La.
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With a glass of Busch beer, a menthol cigarette and a New Orleans Saints themed manicure, Miriam Burbank attended one last party – her funeral.

Burbank was posed sitting at a table in a living room setting, with a disco ball glittering overhead to set the mood for her final fete.

The Louisiana woman's daughters, who called her "Maw Maw" told ABC News' New Orleans affiliate WGNO that it was the perfect send-off for their vivacious mother.

Louisiana seems to be the place for "extreme embalming."

In April, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite who passed away at the age of 83, was celebrated one last time at a grand memorial service, where the flamboyant philanthropist wore a pink feather boa and held a glass of champagne.

PHOTO: The body of Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. April 22, 2014.
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PHOTO: The body of Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. April 22, 2014.

Famed jazz musician "Uncle" Lionel Batiste's body was propped up at a funeral home as mourners said goodbye to the New Orleans legend.

PHOTO: Lidianette Carmona, right, the wife of the late boxer Christopher Rivera, hugs the boxers mother Celines Amaro, as they stand next to his body propped up in a fake boxing ring during his wake in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan. 31, 2014.
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PHOTO: Lidianette Carmona, right, the wife of the late boxer Christopher Rivera, hugs the boxer's mother Celines Amaro, as they stand next to his body propped up in a fake boxing ring during his wake in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan. 31, 2014.

The Marin Funeral Home in Puerto Rico has created thematic wakes for several funerals, including a slain boxer and a deceased man who loved his motorcycle.

Watch: Jazz Musician Stands At His Own Wake

Caleb Wilde, a sixth-generation mortician in Parkesburg, Pa., who tweets and blogs about the industry, said "extreme embalming" is on the fringe of the industry.

"Most funeral homes, the most extreme thing they might do is dressing the deceased in shorts," he said, "so it’s a very rare thing."

PHOTO: The body of David Morales Colón was placed on his motorcycle in a peculiar viewing ceremony that his family requested after he was shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May, 2012.
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PHOTO: The body of David Morales Colón was placed on his motorcycle in a peculiar "viewing ceremony" that his family requested after he was shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May, 2012.

If asked, it's something he would be willing to consider to help someone fulfill their final wish. However, Wilde estimated it would take "quadruple" the typical number of hours to prepare such a unique funeral experience.

"It would mean we would have to change how we embalm a person. We would likely have to use a harder fluid so the body would stay stiff in that position and [the person would] have to be embalmed in the position they would be viewed," he said. "If we were given that request, it would certainly be something we would take a hard look at."

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