A Funeral Home Tribute to the King of Pop

April 13, 2016 | | Comments 0

There is no denying the impact that Michael Jackson had on the world of music, and one funeral home in Pittsburgh has even hosted an event dedicated to the “king of pop.”Michaeljackson01

In 2009, the Coston Funeral Home in East Liberty held a memorial service for Michael Jackson. Fans of the star arrived in droves, singing, dancing, and shedding tears.

The event, according to many in attendance, helped to comfort guests as they mourn the loss of this icon. While Michael Jackson may be gone, his music and his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of his fans.

The president of Coston Funeral Homes, Roland J. Criswell, planned the event as a way for local fans to come together and celebrate the life of Michael Jackson while comforting each other.  Mr. Criswell was quoted at the time, saying “”I believe people honestly, psychologically, have a psychological connection to Michael Jackson.”

This view was proven right when the memorial was first announced.  The home had reserved 125 seats for the memorial and found themselves booked solid with reservations in no time.  The space filled so quickly that another memorial was scheduled for a week later.  That event also booked up quickly.

At each memorial, a video tribute was played that outlined Jackson’s career from his beginnings as a young boy through his troubled adulthood.   People in attendance added to the memorial by dancing and singing their tributes.

Naka Entertainment dance members preformed at the memorial service in 2009.

Naka Entertainment dance members preformed at the memorial service in 2009.


Filed Under: Funeral Industry


About the Author: Kelly lives near Columbus, Ohio with her wife and two children. She enjoys urban exploration, hiking and is an avid reader.

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