A look at the high-end funeral home where rich and influential Kenyans are taken after death

The premier funeral home has held the mighty and great as they bade the world goodbye

The Baringo South MP died on April 20 after a long battle with cancer while Matiba, Kenya's second liberation hero, passed on at Nairobi hospital on April 15.

While their successive deaths came as a shock to Kenyans, the spotlight has once again turned to the choice morgue of the deceased.

The two were transferred to Lee funeral home, a high-end morgue that has over the years hosted bodies of Kenya's powerful and elite class whenever they pass on.

Since 1984, the premier funeral home has held the mighty and great as they bade the world goodbye. The Nairobi-based mortuary is the last stop for rich and influential Kenyans.

Oldest funeral parlor

Founded in 1984, Lee Funeral Home is the oldest established private full service funeral home in Kenya.

It offers full, multi-cultural, traditional or contemporary funeral services, from local residents to the international expatriate community, regardless of race or religion.

The funeral home has served as the point of call to politicians, education scholars and other affluent Kenyans.

Lee is a family-owned company that has its own luxurious chapel of rest and fleet of expensive hearse cars such as limousines.

In fact, in July last year, reports had it that the morgue acquired a Ksh17 million British machine to replace the German machine as its primary vehicle of choice for carrying the remains of prominent people.

Their hearse is said to cost Ksh65,000 a day. This can however be reviewed upwards depending on distance.

Appointment

Unlike other funeral homes and hospital morgues where the bereaved can view the bodies of their departed during normal working hours, the same is not the case with Lee Funeral Home.

At Lee, one needs an appointment “to accord each family a conducive atmosphere to mourn their relatives in privacy." Again, spacing is necessary to avoid crowded situations, explained a worker at the mortuary.

And it is such outstanding services that will for many years to come make Lee stand out from the rest of the funeral homes in the country.

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