Open casket funerals are often the subject of heated debate. For some people they can be pretty disturbing, as there is understandably something unnerving about seeing a loved one lying motionless with their soul clearly departed from their body. However, being able to see a loved one for one last time makes closure possible to many others. These celebrities had open casket funerals as their last farewell to their loved ones and their devoted fans.
James Brown was “the Godfather of Soul,” a music legend and a larger-than-life character. Brown began his career in the 1950s and continued on until the end of his life. He was also known for his social activism, involvement in the Civil Rights movement as well as the not-so-good aspects of his life including bad relationships and drug problems. In 2006, Brown was still keeping up as a performer and went to the dentist to have work done on his trademark smile. However, the dentist was concerned about his appearance and urged him to see the doctor right away. Only a short time later, Brown passed away from heart failure and pneumonia. Reportedly, his last words were “I’m going away tonight.”