(CMR) The unorthodox way in which a Trinidad and Tobago based funeral home displayed a corpse caught the attention of many on social media over the weekend.
While most Caribbean nationals are used to seeing the dead laid flat inside a casket, this funeral home run by four brothers introduced Trinis to a different way of displaying the deceased.
The dead body of Che Lewis was seen sitting upright in a chair and paraded around the community in which he lived in an open-back funeral home truck.
Lewis' body was later positioned in the same manner at the entrance of a church, in which his father's funeral was taking place.
Dennie’s Funeral Home said that they were acting on behalf of the bereaved family, who requested that the corpse be presented in such a manner
“Initially, it was a request from the family, and we went along with it but our tagline for our funeral home is ‘every life is unique therefore every funeral should be unique.' So we live up to that, ” said Managing Director, Cochese Tyler Dennie to a local news station.
“We are a group of young people that are making a very different and a high impact in this funeral industry, we are qualified funeral directors and embalmers and we are just showing off our talent and what we could; funeral is not something to be sad about. You know we showcase the person as how they would be alive,” he added.
Dennie noted that while such presentations are not the norm in Trinidad, in other places they are perfectly acceptable.
He further noted that as people see more of this type of presentation at funerals the more comfortable they'll become with accepting death as a natural part of life.
Che Lewis was murdered along with his dad Adlay Lewis on November 14. The duo were laid to rest over the weekend.