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Funeral home tries to cater to gay funerals with erotic caskets

The Local · 15 Nov 2010, 09:24

Published: 15 Nov 2010 09:24 GMT+01:00

A casket featuring the figures of muscular young men in athletic poses has been in the display case at Königsfeld & Brandl for the last three weeks.

The operators of the funeral home Thomas Brandl, 32, and Michael Königsfeld, 34, are themselves are a couple and aim to cater to both gays and lesbians in addition to straight customers.

Their ad reads: “Those who want a warmer, somewhat more fantastical departure, will find us to be a sensitive partner.”

They put gay customers in contact with special speakers and religious leaders for funeral services, organise natural burials in places where only other gays or lesbians have been laid to rest, arrange for graveside champagne toasts and colourful balloon decorations.

“There is also a casket in rainbow colours, but I think it looks awful,” Brandl says.

The mortician couple hopes tap into the community needs in the Rhineland city, one of Germany’s centres of gay culture where every tenth resident is estimated to be gay.

“Naturally there were people who threw their hands up in horror in front of the display window,” said Königsfeld.

But most passers-by are delighted by what they call their “gay caskets,” including women of a certain age, he added.

“We had a widow in the office whose husband we buried and she was quite taken with the firm young men on the casket,” he said.

In particular, women between the ages of 60 and 80 seem particularly open to the model, he said.

But one rival undertaker has called the caskets “borderline,” while another said he wasn’t sure such a casket provided a dignified burial.

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Still Brandl and Königsfeld believe they are on the right track.

“It’s not easy for gays and lesbians to tell an undertaker that they must bury their life partner,” they said together in an advertisement. “In this most difficult of situations it is easier for them to have a contact person who understands them.”

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The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

15:10 November 15, 2010 by ReaderX
Wow really? This is the days headline? Who cares what people are buried in so long as it supports the wishes of the person whose body lies within.

I mean those crazy ancient Egyptians used to place body organs in jars and wrap the bodies in toilette paper. Sarcasm on the crazy part.

Must be laundry day in the editors office.
17:20 November 15, 2010 by tallady
That bit of news was enriching........
08:20 November 16, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
Wow! I understood the HEAD line ass. Two male corpses will be buried together.
16:00 November 17, 2010 by Texan1
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
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