The viewing would be incomplete without a body, so a man named Eric Supensky using photographs and a marble bust for reference, made a realistic body of Edgar Allan Poe out of latex rubber.
At the funeral there were actors, to protray Poe's various friends, and family. Speakers at his funeral included, Sarah Helen Whitman (former fiancée)
When I heard of this I thought "What an awesome way to honor Poe." I just wish I could have seen the events myself.
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You Tube Video of the funeral