Frank Gifford Did Not Have Funeral, He Had A Party Instead And His Wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, Explains Why

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He really hated funerals, so his wife decided to honor his wish and not organize funeral for him, but instead, a party. She talked about this in the Today show. “Frank hated funerals. He hated boxes. He hated to be put in boxes.

He hated to get in an elevator, so we played Frank Sinatra all day long and we partied. The only criteria was, if you were there you had to be somebody that he adored, so it kept it nice and small.” Franks former football team, New York Giants, planed something special to honor him as well.

All players will put number 16 on their helmets, and they will wear it through the whole season. Kathie Lee thanked fans for support she and her family got since Frank suddenly die on August 9. She added that, since first party was private and small, she plans to celebrate his life with public but it definitely won’t be service in a classical way. During the show she also shared some details of how he died: “He might’ve been the happiest, most content man at this point in his life.


He passed away instantly that morning, all dressed in what he knew was my favorite outfit — white shirt, very tight black jeans — having his coffee, watching his TV, getting ready to go, ready for church, and excited about what we were gonna have for lunch. I’m grateful the Lord took him that way. Because the only thing Frank was ever afraid of in his entire life was being a burden to those he loved.” Maybe more people should start to celebrate life instead of morning deaths, especially if person who died had great fulfilled life. Optimism at its best edition.