Given that philosophy, there's always a reason to have a party in New Orleans, and funerals are no different. To the usual wake and mass we add jazz and second lines- parades to and from the grave site to see your loved ones off with a smile and a good hip-shaking, soul-affirming boogie. From the most affluent citizen to the very poorest, everyone has a different unique tradition, and death truly is a family affair.
For instance it definitely pays to make nice with your annoying Uncle Bill before he dies, because you'll likely be spending eternity with him in a very real way, given that most burials here are in family tombs. Most have just 2 vaults inside, but they're used dozens of times with the remains of the previous occupants moved down into the base to mingle with those of their ancestors.