I'm sure most of you guessed the answer, and have refrained from posting it, to those who saw but wasn't sure, well don't worry Darklings, even I wasn't sure at first.
The simple answer is ---the Lady in the picture, oh she is human----but She's Dead!
Yes Darklings she is dead, embalmed and posed with her favorite things, wine, Bingo, cigarettes, etc.
It seems that this is a slowly emerging new trend in funeral arrangements, a bit morbid for my taste but who knows.
I've heard of several others, a woman in her favorite sexy nightgown posed in her Ferrari and she was buried in it too.
A man posed on his favorite motorcycle in full cycle gear, and a few others. Not many but a few as I'm sure there have been.
Well there had been jokes going around when Roy Rogers had Bullet the dog and Trigger "stuffed", when he died very in poor taste jokes were going around asking if Dale had Roy "stuffed".
But it seems that the deceased in planning their funerals wanted it to be a celebration of their life, and to not going around all weepy eyed, but to just live it up. Frankly for some people I think that's a wonderful idea, after all we go to haunted houses to see spooky tableau's why not?
I remember a story, or maybe its just an urban myth. There was a fun house dark ride and one of the figures was that of a gruesome looking body that was hung, some years later when they were re-vamping the dark ride it turned out that it was not a prop but a real body that had been in the dark ride for years, where it came from no one knew. Strange things happen.
That's why I like(d) the CSI series and Bones they would find the most gruesome things, but I was told by a writer friend of mine who has done T.V. scripts that a lot of those are based on actual events that have happened and then they tie it into a story line. He told me some writers use to joke "what kind of horrible death can we use this week." Not at all tasteful, but not untrue either.
Mom wanted to put on Dad's tombstone "Gone Fishing" with a fish splashing out of the water, but a couple of relatives were horrified, so a year later on the anniversary of his passing we put flowers on his grave and Mom stuck a small wooden sign she made with the same words. She was going to have the last say in the matter. That sign stayed there until it fell apart, next year we're going to put up a new one.
But I'm afraid I am a bit of a traditionalist, I'll want the simple boring funeral service, but I'm choosing the music I want to be played, such as Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" Some Gregorian Chants, maybe Mozart's Requiem I haven't thought it out yet.
But I do want my hands to be over my chest with a lily in one hand, like Lily Munster, I don't care if its a silk lily that is what I want.
And now I must sign off, the timer went off and Doyle has pulled the stuffed Bell Peppers from the oven.