What A Way To Go

DEATH-DEFYING RITES ARE MAKING FUNERALS MORE PERSONAL AND-- DARE WE SAY IT?--MORE FUN

When Jack Faria died in April after a long bout with lung disease, his wife threw him a party. To honor her late husband--a passionate Miami sports fan--Carole Faria asked the funeral home to re-create a stadium setting with Marlins, Heat and Dolphins paraphernalia. Jack's favorite putter, pool cue and family photos surrounded his coffin. The song As Time Goes By, from his favorite movie, Casablanca, played in the background. "I wanted a huge celebration," says Faria. "After two and a half years of difficulty, I saw the good times. It made me feel like he really did have a great...

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