*26-year-old Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato was shot dead on March 3, while standing in front of his home in the Villa Carolina neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Rather than opt for a traditional coffin-style burial, his family went to Marin Funeral Home in Río Piedras, which is known for its wild approach to funeral services.
The family chose a funeral service of a more life-like Díaz Beato – propped up on a chair with his legs crossed, dressed in his favorite outfit and holding a blunt.
“Everybody is really surprised, because seeing him like that is like seeing him as if he were alive,” his sister said.
“I think that this time was the most impressive reaction to any of the work we have done,” Damaris Marin, owner of funeral home, told the Daily Mail. “This is the first dead man in history with his eyes open.”
Marin said they worked closely with the family to achieve their wish, saying: “We have seen that the families wish to see the dead men just as they were when they were alive. This time is different because he is seated with his legs crossed. We gave [the family] a surprise by leaving the eyes of the dead man open.”
“We didn’t want to see him lying in the coffin. We wanted something different. And also, we wanted him to be remembered by his friends and family the same way he was when he was alive,” Díaz Beato’s sister said.
Some may consider it a mockery or creepy, but modern ingenuity and science allows us to choose from an array of unique alternative burial methods – especially for those who fear being exhumed long after burial – such as turning our ashes into star-dust, a diamond or even a coral reef.