Patrick Schoen of Jacob Schoen & Son was featured in The Times-Picayune in an article titled "Life of the parlor: Patrick Schoen doesn't let death business get him down."
VICE.com spoke to Patrick Schoen of Jacob Schoen & Son to learn more about nontraditional funerals.
The fifth generation of his family to run Jacob Schoen & Son funeral home, Patrick Schoen is bringing new life and a “no request is too strange” spirit to an industry that’s become all about tailor-made farewells.
In 1859, there arrived in New Orleans from the Rhineland village of Rommersheim two ambitious young German immigrants named Frantz and Schoen. The former became a blacksmith and wheelwright while the latter established a carriage and livery business.
On March 4, 1874, Jacob Schoen and Henry Frantz started a family business at 155 N. Peters Street and adopted as their policy the ideal, “The highest standard of funeral service to all, regardless of financial circumstance.”