- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida funeral home is adding an unusual new amenity: wine.

Hodges Funeral Home is installing a wine room. It’s a space where families can congregate for a death-adjacent catered reception, a modern substitute for an hour-long sobfest on wooden church pews.

Funeral director and general manager Seth Minso admits a few people were apprehensive when he first pitched the idea.

But he says more and more people wanted celebrations of life instead of funerals. He added that Naples also has a lot of wine lovers.

The Naples Daily News (http://bit.ly/1dSpw3n) reports that the wine room is so new it has only been used for a handful of internal events. Families can rent the room and have a catered reception with wine service and their choice of music.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com

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