Parents' Guide to

Best Funeral Ever

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Funerals entertain and educate about cultural traditions.

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Best Funeral Ever offers an interesting look at the traditional African-American home going, which is a service designed to celebrate the deceased's return to an eternal life, rather than mourn their loss. It shows how these celebrations, which can include dancing, singing, props, special effects, and even trips to specific venues, offer families a chance to cope with their loss by allowing them to say good-bye to their loved ones in a way that is both joyous and loving.

Some viewers may be taken aback by the unique and extravagant services featured here, which are very different from the reserved services folks often expect from traditional funerals. Planning these larger-than-life events creates some reality drama and humorous moments, too. But throughout it all, the show offers very strong messages about the importance of running a business that is professional, respectful, and honors the cultural traditions of a community.

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