Dead man standing: Macabre wakes of Puerto Rico prop up the dead

A man dressed as The Green Lantern. A Che Guevara look-alike holding a Cuban cigar. A courier on his favorite motorcycle. A paramedic riding in his ambulance. A boxer standing in the corner of a ring. A grandmother sitting in her favorite rocking chair wearing her old wedding dress. 

What do they have in common? They are dead and at their wake. William Shakespeare said "all the world's a stage," with entrances and exits. This macabre shuffling off the mortal coil cropped up in Puerto Rico in 2008 and has quickly become part of modern lore. 

Those planning their deaths are no longer just deciding between an open casket or a closed one during their wake – they are getting creative, sometimes even outlandish, about how they want to appear during their last moments on earth. 

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