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The day of Michael's funeral was a heartbreaking day that brought the whole family together. Several of his siblings stood up to share their favorite memories, Marie's brothers Donny and Jimmy and some of her children served as pallbearers, and Marie herself prepared Michael's body, along with her daughters.
"I wanted Mike to look like my Mike...and he did. He looked very handsome," Marie says.
Marie told her daughters, who helped her prepare Michael's body, that the body is "just a glove over the hand—our spirit, our soul is the hand." While the experience was very hard for all of them, Marie says it was also healing.
"It's a beautiful thing," she says. "If you've never experienced it or you think you can't, it's a wonderful act of service."