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This Is What Joan Rivers Hoped Her Funeral Would Look Like

Joan Rivers accomplished an incredible amount in her life, and it was apparent that she was always thinking of what was next to come.

As a woman of very particular tastes, Rivers knew exactly how she hoped her funeral would be when the day came, and she wrote about it in her 2012 book, “I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me.”

I hope Joan’s funeral requests are honored because that would be absolutely, positively fabulous. Just like her.

— Jackie O (@JackieOProblems) September 4, 2014

She was also a woman who loved the death reel at the Oscars:

A good death reel can almost compensate for five hours of French actors trying to make adorable acceptance speeches. One of my favorite things to do is guess which of the dead actors will get the most applause and who’s going to be surprisingly underappreciated. It’s tricky you can’t always tell. Some years the most applause go to whoever died young and tragically; other years it goes to the old and beloved. I really love it when the Academy leaves a deadie out of the reel and the error of omission becomes a huge cause célèbre. Remember a few years ago when they left Bea Arthur out of the death reel [at the Oscars]? Bea Arthur! How did they leave Bea Arthur out? She was in “Mame;” she was in “All in the Family;” she was in “Maude;” she was a “Golden Girl,” for God’s sake! Bea was not only one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, she was one of Hollywood’s leading men! There are still people talking about that horrible gaffe and to this day, in Beverly Hills, when the subject comes up, people say Bea Arthur’s name in a muffled whisper like they used to do when they said “cancer.”

Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81 following complications from a procedure on her vocal cords. Her actual funeral is planned for Sept. 7 at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, the temple’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Fezrine told CNN. Details, including the time and if the public will be invited to attend, are not known at this time.