Created By: godzillavkk on October 19, 2017 Last Edited By: godzillavkk on October 29, 2017
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The Fun in the Funeral

A funeral is a celebration of the deceased rather then a somber occasion

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Someone you knew or loved has died and you have been invited to their funeral. You arrive, but instead of finding people giving condolences, you see them laughing, chatting and telling jokes. And the actual funeral itself seems more like a party then a mourning. Now of course people do talk about the recently departed, but instead of mourning or missing them, they might be celebrating the life they lived, or are celebrating the cycle of life, or if their religion says so, they might be celebrating that the dead have ascended to a higher plane of existence. Or perhaps the dead wanted their funeral to be like this, and for their friends and family to not be sad.

To many, these funerals can be very confusing and can lead to culture shock and it's not uncommon for the people at the funeral to think that people who prefer funerals to be somber just don't take the time to understand that not all funerals are the same.


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Anime and Manga
  • Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin: At the end Riki tells Gin not to feel sad at the end of the final battle where so many died, but to howl in victory for the honor of the dead.

Comic Books
  • Lucky Luke: One story has a funeral that ends in a Bar Brawl and drinks all around, to universal satisfaction (the only regret was that the deceased couldn't make it).

Literature
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Though it's never seen, the people of the Summer Islands have funerals that are not somber occasions mourning the dead but celebrations of the lives they led, with wine and lovemaking.
  • Inverted in "Interesting Times", where Rincewind sees people setting off fireworks in a parade and says "Good, eh?" to the old woman standing besides him, who snaps that it's Mr. Wu's funeral.
  • In "The Kane Chronicles", Sadie and Anubis at one point witness a funeral in New Orleans. At the time they arrive, the actual burial has already taken place, and the funeral has moved on to the stage where the mourners celebrate the life of the deceased with song, dance and revelry as they head away from the cemetery. This is a practice Anubis himself approves of, calling it "very Egyptian".

LiveActionTV
  • Geordie and Ensign Ro are seemingly killed in the ''Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "The Next Phase". (They've actually been shifted out of phase.) The Enterprise holds a memorial service which is surprisingly reminiscent of a jazz club. When it's discovered that Geordi and Ro are not actually dead, the celebration of their lives turns into a genuine celebration.

Real Life
  • Jim Henson's memorial service was called a "celebration", and featured such things as a Dixieland band and prop butterflies for attendees to wave around. Henson even stated in his will that nobody wear black.
  • Some funerals in New Orleans are accompanied by jazz bands that play festive music.

Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • October 19, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    Real Life
    • Jim Henson's memorial service was called a "celebration", and featured such things as a Dixieland band and prop butterflies for attendees to wave around. Henson even stated in his will that nobody wear black.
  • October 19, 2017
    Chabal2
    Lucky Luke: One story has a funeral that ends in a bar brawl and drinks all around, to universal satisfaction (the only regret was that the deceased couldn't make it).
  • October 19, 2017
    Generality
    Related to The Fun In Funeral?
  • October 19, 2017
    godzillavkk
    Possibly though that trope is more about accidental things that are played for laughs. This is a trope about funerals that are meant to be fun in-universe.
  • October 20, 2017
    Theriocephalus
    Literature
    • In The Kane Chronicles, Sadie and Anubis at one point witness a funeral in New Orleans. At the time they arrive, the actual burial has already taken place, and the funeral has moved on to the stage where the mourners celebrate the life of the deceased with song, dance and revelry as they head away from the cemetery. This is a practice Anubis himself approves of, calling it "very Egyptian".
  • October 20, 2017
    Chabal2
    Inverted in Interesting Times, where Rincewind sees people setting off fireworks in a parade and says "Good, eh?" to the old woman standing besides him, who snaps that it's Mr. Wu's funeral.
  • October 20, 2017
    AndreaTx
    What about New Orleans funerals with the jazz band processional?
  • October 21, 2017
    BKelly95
    Live Action Television
    • Geordie and Ensign Ro are seemingly killed in the Star Trek The Next Generation episode "The Next Phase". (They've actually been shifted out of phase.) The Enterprise holds a memorial service which is surprisingly reminiscent of a jazz club. When it's discovered that Geordi and Ro are not actually dead, the celebration of their lives turns into a genuine celebration.
  • October 21, 2017
    randomtroper89
    • in A Growing Affection:
      • Kankuro's funeral is a raucous affair; a feast with music and dancing, and plenty of alcohol for anyone having trouble getting in the mood. Naruto is confused and a bit put off, until it is explained that in the Land of Air a funeral is used to celebrate the deceased's life, and mourning is done in private.
      • Later, Jiraiya's funeral is a similar affair, at the deceased's wishes.
  • October 21, 2017
    MetaFour
    I agree that it's worth splitting this trope "intentionally celebratory or goofy funerals" off from "funeral is supposed to be somber, but goofy accidents happen". But I feel like the name "The Fun in Funeral" fits this proposal better than the trope currently bearing the name.
  • October 22, 2017
    ANTMuddle
    I've seen one of these on Wife Swap, but I'm not sure of the precise details.
  • October 22, 2017
    MetaFour
    • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
      • After watching an incredibly boring funeral in The Gunslinger, Joel and the 'bots lie in fake coffins of their own and discuss what their ideal funerals would look like. Servo can't decide between something educational that explains his embalming methods, or a circus-like extravaganza. ("I want elephants, Joel, lots of them.") Crow, on the other hand, wants a beach-themed funeral, complete with keggers and "couples sneaking off to neck—prop me up so I can surf!"
      • In At the Earth's Core, Max invents a cannon that fires cremated ashes like confetti, intended to make funerals more interesting.
        Max: But who says funerals can't be as exciting as weddings? Turn your loved one's memorial into a party zone with the Rip Taylor Urn Cannon! It puts the "fun" in "funeral" and the "R.I.P." in "Rip Taylor."
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