Created By: Vree on May 2, 2011

A Welcome To The Afterlife

dead loved ones appear to escort the character to the afterlife

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alt: Meet You On The Other Side, etc.

The character is enterin the gate to the afterlife, or perhaps he already entered afterlife; the first person he meets (and often, the only kind of person he meets) is someone he had known who had died before him.

If the show has an official Grim Reaper then he will appear instead, and this trope will not be mentioned. However, sometimes it can work on both levels: the Reaper takes the character to the next world, and the ghosts of dead friends and family escort him further from that point.
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  • May 2, 2011
  • May 2, 2011
    Happens twice-ish in Umineko No Naku Koro Ni. The first time is in the third arc, after Battler acknowledges Beatrice and is quickly subverted as soon as Ange shows up. After this, the "trick" ending of the series has Battler dying and being welcomed to the Golden Land by Beatrice, as well as all the other victims of the Rokkenjima incident in a Call Back to the third arc.
  • May 3, 2011
    The final scene of The Crow has Shelly Webster appearing to escort Eric Draven to the afterlife after the five bad guys responsible for both of their murders are dead.
  • May 3, 2011
    • In Elminster In Myth Drannor the Almost Dead Elf saw his old love while dying. The pair was seen together when already dead Iymbryl communicated his last will via lore-gem. Then again, canonically elves are different in this regard.
      Iymbryl Alastrarra: Oh, Ayaeqlarune! Beloved! I come to you at last! Ayaeqlarrr...

  • May 3, 2011
    Related to Psychopomp, though that's more for the Grim Reaper-y stuff.
  • January 2, 2012
    Personal Psychopomp?
  • January 2, 2012
    In a Discworld / MLP crossover fanfic, Pinky Pie did this while serving as the new steed of Death. There were no actual relatives to welcome the dead on the other side and she thought they would mostly be upset by dying, so she welcomed them and tried to cheer them up with cake.
  • January 2, 2012
    In early drafts of Its A Wonderful Life the character which ended up being Clarence (Angel 2nd class) was going to be George's father.
  • January 2, 2012
    Done to Tear Jerker effect in Ultimate Spider Man. It's Uncle Ben, escorting Peter.
  • January 2, 2012
    Outcast of Redwall: The young badger Sunflash is having a near-death experience, and sees two of his ancestors at the gates of Dark Forest. However, instead of showing him the way they push him away, much to his chagrin. Then he gets back up, understanding he can't allow himself to die before killing the vermin responsible for his state.

  • January 2, 2012
    Izumi plays this role to Wrath in The Movie of the Full Metal Alchemist Anime.
  • January 2, 2012
    Occasionally the person they meet will tell them "It's not your time yet"... just as they're being resuscitated.
  • January 2, 2012
    • In What Dreams May Come when Christy is first coming to grips with his death he gets counseling from a voice that he soon identifies as an old friend of his. It's actually his son in disguise.
    • At least some of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will be this, though they may also be relative strangers.