The Fun in the Funeral
A funeral is a celebration of the deceased rather then a somber occasion
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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- 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.
- 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).
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
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