Contest Directions: What creative products can you think of that would change the funerals customs and industry? Think about ways you would change, or make funerals more exciting or innovative...from flowers, to caskets, to urns, to cemetaries..and on and on.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: James Henry Smith was known as a zealous Pittsburgh fan in life -- and remains so in death as well. Death could not keep the mad from his favorite spot -- sitting in a recliner, in front of a television watchin the Steelers in action. Smith, 55, died of prostate cancer on Thursday. Because his death was not unexpected, his family was able to plan for an unusual viewing on Thursday evening. The Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home in Pittsburgh erected a small stage in one of its viewing rooms. The furniture was arranged to make it look as much as possible like Smith's home on game day. Smith's body was placed in a recliner, with his feet crossed and a remote control in his hand. He wore black and gold -- the team's colors -- pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes as well as a beer were at his side. A high definition television played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights.