There are many reasons to have an open casket funeral. Although the practice can make some people uncomfortable, saying goodbye to a loved one’s earthly remains can also help to give mourners the closure they need to go on with their lives.
Celebrities often have additional reasons for being displayed publicly. Open casket memorials are the ultimate way to honor their fans by giving them one last chance to pay their respects. And more gruesomely, some open casket funerals are done to prevent inaccurate death rumors from spreading.
The famous people on this list all held very different positions in the public eye, but they shared one common grand finale: open casket funerals.
James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul”, died on Christmas day in 2006. There were three separate memorial services that included a public viewing of his body.
This photo shows Michael Jackson kissing Brown’s body in the open casket.