Have You Ever Watched Ask the Undertaker?

It's from the man who brought you TLC's Best Funeral Ever.

Bradford Pearson interviewed John Beckwith Jr. earlier this year in advance of the debut of TLC’s Best Funeral Ever, a reality show centered on the “home-going celebrations” Beckwith and his family put on at their Golden Gate Funeral Home. (It’s not online, sorry.) At the time, it was a one-shot deal, but I suppose it must have been successful, because it debuted as a series on Monday. I don’t have TLC, so I didn’t watch it. I guess the recently returned James Ragland did, because his column today is devoted to it. I do have whatever local channel airs Beckwith’s other series, though: Ask the Undertaker.

I happened on a commercial for it the other night and, as I regularly sleep on my couch and have pretty mundane dreams that usually involve either work or me being put into some sort of Die Hard scenario or both, I felt like I was dreaming it. But, no. It’s real, tackling topics such as “What would happen if you died today?” and “Do you deserve to have a funeral?” and “The art of embalming.” I guess I try to never think about dying or anyone I know dying or anything relating to death, except maybe the band Death, but I don’t really think about them very much either. But maybe you do? I don’t really know who this appeals to. I mean, on a regular enough basis to warrant a show. I sort of get the voyeuristic, let’s-make-a-reality-show-about-everything appeal of Best Funeral Ever. I don’t agree, but I get it.