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Houston bids farewell to George Floyd in hometown funeral

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:02 AM

Politicians, civil rights activists, and celebrities join the family to share memories of the man they call a 'gentle giant'

GEORGE FLOYD. Family members of George Floyd pause at the casket during a funeral service for Floyd at The Fountain of Praise Church on June 9, 2020, in Houston. Photo by David J. Phillip/AFP

Eager to assist: How funeral homes cope amid coronavirus outbreak

Apr 15, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Funeral homes strengthen their existing protocols in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But with rising number of deaths, some owners hope others will also step up and help.

Funeral workers in full protective suit carry a corpse of a person who died under investigation for COVID-19 symptoms in a public cemetery in Quezon City on April 7, 2020. According to the Department of Health, the country has 3764 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 177 recorded fatalities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Egypt's Sisi pays respect to ousted Mubarak at military funeral

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The funeral focuses not on Hosni Mubarak's political legacy but on the military career of the Soviet-trained fighter pilot who commanded Egypt's air force during the 1973 war with Israel

MILITARY FUNERAL. Egyptian honor guards carry the coffin of former president Hosni Mubarak during his funeral ceremony at Cairo's Mosheer Tantawy mosque in the eastern outskirts of the Egyptian capital on February 26, 2020. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Kenya mourns Moi with state funeral

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:01 PM

Mourners begin gathering at a national athletics stadium before dawn to pay their respects

STATE FUNERAL. Military officers carrying the coffin of the late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state funeral service in Nairobi on February 11, 2020. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Kenya to hold state funeral for Moi

Feb 06, 2020 - 5:58 PM

Daniel arap Moi's body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday, February 8, until Monday, February 10

STATE FUNERAL. A person reads a newspaper article the death of former Kenya's president Daniel Arap Moi, in Nairobi on February 4, 2020. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Funeral home waives fees for dad who died amid Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:22 PM

The eldest daughter of Antonio Baleros says a good samaritan spoke with Filipinas Funeral Homes to waive their remaining balance of P45,500

FATHER OF 7. Antonio Baleros died on January 13 after fleeing from Taal town in Batangas. Photo courtesy of the Baleros family

The cost of dying in the Philippines: Can you afford it?

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:49 PM

While death is said to be the great equalizer, the divide between the rich and the poor is still evident in how they are sent off

Manila funeral home 'takes hostage' dead man's body

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Police say a funeral parlor in Manila refused to release the body unless his family paid P360,000

HOSTAGED BODY. The police arrest the manager and the secretary of the Funeraria Cruz in Manila. Shutterstock photo

State funeral for Tunisia's Essebsi as new polls loom

Jul 27, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur, who was sworn in as interim president hours after Beji Caid Essebsi's death, pays tribute to the late leader describing him as 'the architect of national reconciliation'

TRIBUTE. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the state funeral of late president Essebsi at the presidential palace in the capital's eastern suburb of Carthage on July 27, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/Pool/AFP

Washington sets aside divisions as U.S. bids farewell to Bush

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Former US president George HW Bush will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bushes worshipped for decades, until he is buried Thursday, December 6

PRESENT AND PAST PRESIDENTS. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and former presidents, vice presidents, first ladies and spouses attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Vietnam's hardline president laid to rest

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) Long lines of officials, police, relatives, and monks in golden robes stream through the National Funeral House in central Hanoi where Quang's flag-draped coffin lay beneath a large portrait of the leader

MOURNING. Buddhist monks pray for late Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang at the Viet Nam Quoc Tu Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on September 23, 2018. File photo by Kao Nguyen/AFP

Bishop apologizes for 'groping' Ariana Grande

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologizes following criticism over his actions during Aretha Franklin's funeral

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 31, 2018 Bishop Charles Ellis chats with Ariana Grande after her performance at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.  Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who officiated the funeral of Aretha Franklin, has apologized for appearing to grope singer Ariana Grande on stage, sparking widespread outrage. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast. ... I don't know, I guess I put my arm around her," Ellis said in comments to US media confirmed to AFP on September 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Angela Weiss

Bush, Obama pay tribute to McCain at Washington funeral

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:03 PM

(UPDATED) The absence of Trump, whose bitter feud with John McCain has wrangled America's already stormy politics, will serve as a final rebuke to the president

OBAMA. Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Stars celebrate Queen Aretha at marathon funeral

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Stevie wonder, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson perform during the service, attended by president and musicians

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Stevie Wonder performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

Aug 18, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The funeral will be held in her hometown after a two-day public viewing for fans

ARETHA FRANKLIN. The late singer's funeral will be held in her hometown in Detroit. Screenshot from

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking's funeral

Apr 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Lily Cole are among those who came to the funeral in Cambridge

British actor Eddie Redmayne, who played Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, arrives to attend the funeral of British scientist Stephen Hawking at the Church of St Mary the Great, in Cambridge on March 31, 2018. Friends, family and colleagues of British scientist Stephen Hawking gathered to pay their respects at his private funeral in Cambridge, where he spent most of his extraordinary life. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.

The Eusebio Funeral Services in Malabon on October 27, 2017

Isabel Granada is laid to rest

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Family and friends bid farewell to the actress, who is given full military honors at her burial

Tourists bemused as Bangkok sobers up for Thai king funeral

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Streets are deserted in Bangkok's infamous red light district, where bars and clubs are dark on the eve of the massive funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

FASCINATION. Tourists walk past an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the eve of his cremation in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Paalam, Kian

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:48 PM

The funeral procession for the slain teenaager bursts into shouts of Justice for Kian as it makes its way to Kian delos Santos final resting place

WATCH: Hundreds join funeral march for Kian delos Santos

Aug 26, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Supporters of Kian delos Santos and critics of the Duterte administration s war on drugs join the march while others wait for the vehicle bearing the slain teenager to pass by

FUNERAL MARCH. The procession began at the Sta Quiteria Parish Church in Caloocan City and ends in La Loma Cemetery. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Funeral march for Kian delos Santos

Aug 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Various groups join the family and friends of slain teenager Kian delos Santos in the funeral march to La Loma Cemetery

LONG WALK. Family members, friends, and supporters join the funeral procession for Kian delos Santos headed to La Loma Cemetery on August 26, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler  Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte orders P10,000-increase in workers' funeral benefits

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Studies by the SSS and GSIS show the increase will not affect the stability of the State Insurance Fund

LOOK: Japeth Aguilar visits wake of avid fan who passed away

May 29, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The Barangay Ginebra big man is seen at the wake of Jusper Soriano affectionately known as Little Japeth by those close to him

'LITTLE JAPETH'. Japeth Aguilar poses with his fan Jusper Soriano, dubbed 'Little Japeth' by his family. Screengrab from Aguilar's Instagram account

George Michael's funeral held in private

Mar 30, 2017 - 10:30 AM

George Michael s funeral is attended by family and close friends including his partner Fadi Fawaz fellow Wham member Andrew Ridgeley and Spandau Ballet s Martin Kemp

Aquino, Hontiveros seek probe into PNP, funeral homes conspiracy

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV say there is a need to protect victims families from excessive funeral expenses that benefit corrupt cops

EXCESSIVE FUNERAL FEES. Senators Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Risa Hontiveros file resolutions calling for a Senate probe into excessive fees charged by funeral homes, in 'collusion' with the police.

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Jan 27, 2017 - 9:50 PM

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Funeral homes owner in Korean's slay wants witness protection

Jan 27, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The funeral homes owner considered a person of interest in the kidnapping murder case says he received death threats while he was out of the country

ARRIVAL. Gerardo Santiago, a former cop and owner of Gream funeral parlor where the killed Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo was brought, arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) main office in Manila on Friday, January 27, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Jan 27, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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Funeral home owner vows to 'tell all' in Korean's slay

Jan 27, 2017 - 10:24 AM

UPDATED Former cop Gerardo Santiago who returned to Manila from Canada on Friday is now under the protective custody of the National Bureau of Investigation

Murdered Korean cremated as ‘Jose Ruamar Salvador, Filipino’

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:33 PM

The crematorium staff say they learned that Ruamar Salvador was actually Korean Jee Ick Joo only last January 18 when agents from the NBI paid a visit to St Nathaniel

Hundreds attend last Rwandan king's funeral

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Kigeli V died back in October but his funeral was delayed as his relatives argued over whether he should be buried in Rwanda or in the US where he lived in exile

Relatives and friends attend the funeral service of late King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa on January 15, 2017 at the King's palace in Nyanza as they sit next to the coffin. King Kigeli died in October, aged 80, in the United States. He had been living in exile in the suburbs of Washington since 1992. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANIE AGLIETTI

Undertaker misery on frontlines of Philippine drug war

Dec 09, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Funeral parlors while busy are not necessarily making lots of money with relatives of many victims often too poor to be able to pay for a funeral

WAR ON DRUGS. This picture taken on October 30, 2016 shows Veronica Memorial Chapel Funeral director Rico Teodocio (2nd L) talking to a relative of an alleged drug dealer who was killed by unidentified men about the prices of various coffins in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LIVE: Funeral for Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

Oct 02, 2016 - 10:49 AM

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Duterte visits wake of Miriam Santiago

Oct 02, 2016 - 2:13 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte personally extends his condolences to the family of former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

FINAL RESPECTS. President Rodrigo Duterte goes to the wake of former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on October 2, 2016. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

VLOG: Mga huling mensahe para kay Miriam Santiago

Oct 02, 2016 - 1:49 AM

The late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago receives an outpouring of love from supporters who write messages for her

Heart Evangelista remembers 'protector, best friend' Miriam Santiago in touching eulogy

Oct 01, 2016 - 10:47 PM

At the wake of the late Miriam Defensor Santiago Heart Evangelista and more deliver emotional eulogies for the late senator You are my fairy godmother my protector my hero my mother and my best friend says Heart

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VLOG: Supporters, matiyagang pumipila sa burol ni Miriam

Oct 01, 2016 - 9:39 PM

Supporters dutifully line up at Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago s wake – their final act of service for the woman they greatly admire

Miriam told young supporters: 'Huwag kayong iiyak'

Oct 01, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Young supporters of the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago help in attending to more than 50 000 visitors during her wake

Aguirre visits Miriam's wake: We need to reconcile with our enemies

Sep 30, 2016 - 9:08 PM

The wife of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona Cristina also goes to see Santiago s remains

AGUIRRE. File photo by Edward Ganal/Senate PRIB/Pool

Egypt bids farewell to Nobel prize-winning chemist

Aug 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Ahmed Zewail is laid to rest after being given military honors in Cairo

epa05461282 Egyptians carrying the coffin of Chemistry Nobel Prize laureate of 1999, Egyptian - US professor Ahmed Zewail during funeral in 6 October grave near Cairo 07 August 2016.Ahmed Zewail died in the US, aged 70. He won the Nobel Chemistry prize in 1999 for his study of chemical reaction in extremely short timescales, also known as Femtochemistry, to be the first Arab scientist to win the Nobel Prize EPA/HAZEM ABDEL HAMID EGYPT OUT

Thousands in funeral march for slain Cambodia activist

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:10 PM

The procession for Kem Ley is one of the largest public gatherings in Cambodia in recent years

epa05438650 People attend the funeral procession of Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 24 July 2016. Kem Ley was shot dead at a Star Mart Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh on 10 July 2016. EPA/KITH SEREY

Adam Levine offers to pay for Christina Grimmie's funeral

Jun 14, 2016 - 3:17 AM

Christina s brother Marcus says the lead singer of Maroon 5 called his mother to help the family with the funeral arrangements

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Tears, tributes as world says goodbye to Muhammad Ali

Jun 11, 2016 - 6:29 AM

Thousands gather to say farewell to The Greatest with former US president Bill Clinton among those offering eulogies

FAREWELL TO THE GREATEST. Lonnie Ali speaks during a memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Louisville stages mass final farewell to Muhammad Ali

Jun 10, 2016 - 11:23 PM

A funeral procession through town a private burial and a public memorial service will wrap up two days of tributes to the 3 time heavyweight world champion

FAREWELL. The casket during the Islamic Jenazah Prayer Service for the late Muhammad Ali at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, June 9, 2016. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Farewell to 'The Greatest': Ali funeral ceremonies begin in Kentucky

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:24 AM

Two days of funeral ceremonies begin in Muhammad Ali s hometown of Louisville to pay tribute to the boxing icon

FAREWELL TO THE GREATEST. Pallbearers escort the casket of boxing legend Muhammad Ali during the Jenazah prayer service at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

All tickets for Muhammad Ali memorial service handed out in an hour

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:21 AM

15 000 tickets are given out free for Ali s memorial service but Ali s spokesman is disgusted that tickets were being sold by profiteers

A person shows off the free tickets he received   EPA/ERIK S. LESSER