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->'''Priestbot:''' We are gathered here to mourn the death of Calculon; industrialist, private eye... friend.\\
'''Calculon:''' Mind if ''I'' give the eulogy?\\
'''Monique:''' Calculon, you're alive!
-->-- ''[[ShowWithinAShow All My Circuits]]'' (''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'')

A character shows up alive to his or her own funeral, whether through [[FakingTheDead deliberately faking it]], being [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated mistakenly declared dead]], [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]], or TimeTravel. The NotQuiteDead character may either reveal him/herself to be alive or attend the funeral in disguise and leave with no one the wiser. Or sometimes the character won't even know they've been presumed dead until they walk through the door...

Compare WhodunnitToMe. May cross over with NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou. See also TheFunInFuneral, of which this could be a subtrope.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''


* A commercial for whiskey tells the story of a man, Advertising/JohnJameson, who dived into the ocean to rescue one of his kegs and presumably died. The next scene shows his funeral with the narrator telling us "All of [[{{Oireland}} Ireland]] was in attendance, including... John Jameson." Jameson is then seen walking up the beach front holding the keg. An extended version of the commercial shows him being grabbed by a Giant Octopus while swimming for the keg, presumably putting him into badass territory.
* When you wait forever for the cable guy, you get bored. When you get bored, you start staring out windows. When you start staring out windows, [[HeKnowsTooMuch you see things you shouldn't see]]. When you see things you shouldn't see, you need to vanish. When you need to vanish, you [[FakingTheDead fake your own death]]. When you fake your own death, you dye your eyebrows. And when you dye your eyebrows, you attend your own funeral as a guy named Phil Schiffly. Don't attend your own funeral as a guy named Phil Schiffly. Advertising/{{Get rid of cable}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op5uAxIkIko and upgrade to DirecTV.]] Call 1-800-DIRECTV.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Yuusuke at the beginning of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Unlike most of these examples, he really is dead, watching it as a ghost at the time. Seeing how much he's missed gives him the resolve necessary to go through some difficult ordeals to get himself resurrected.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'': Rex Racer fakes his own death to become Racer X. One scene at the end of the movie shows him attending his own funeral. Speed Racer himself actually does this in one episode of the original series.
* At the end of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2, Joseph returns home to New York and hears his friends and family are attending a funeral; only when he arrives, sees their shocked faces, and finally looks at the headstone does he realize it's ''his'' funeral. As it turned out, Joseph was in traction for two weeks following the FinalBattle and asked Suzie Q to send a telegram to let everyone know he was alright (and that the two of them had gotten married in the meantime). [[TheDitz Suzie...forgot]].
-->'''Joseph:''' "[[GratuitousEnglish Oh no!]] This woman is unbelievable!"
** The Dub had its own funny reaction as well.
-->'''Joseph:''' "GAH!!! SUZIE Q, WHAT THE HELL! You had one job Woman, ONE JOB!"
* Although it wasn't really real, Erza in ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a dream were she had really died when she merged with the Tower of Heaven in an effort to stop it from blowing up. She watches her friends in Fairy Tail mourn at her grave, and group of council officials bestow a title upon her. Finally, Natsu crashes the funeral proceedings and vehemently denies Erza's death, which only causes the entire group to break down into tears. Either way, really dramatic. Luckily, it [[AllJustADream was only a dream]], and Natsu [[HowDareYouDieOnMe saved Erza before she could really die]].
* Pell of ''Manga/OnePiece'', after his supposed HeroicSacrifice, turns up alive looking in shock at his own gravestone.
* Tsuna from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' is transported into the future in time for his older self's secret funeral. Not surprisingly, he was pretty freaked out.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', ButtMonkey Yamazaki ends up witnessing his own funeral, which is a pathetic little afterthought tacked onto the real show: the funeral services of Matsudaira's dog.
* Sharon Vineyard aka Vermouth in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. She even made herself pass as her own daughter and gave the eulogy!
* Prince Chagum in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' is seen attending his own funeral among the kneeling crowd of commoners.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', Chas tells his drinking buddies of a time when everyone thought John Constantine dead, only for him to turn up alive and well at his funeral. (This wouldn't be the only time Constantine would be presumed dead.)
* In ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', Gertrude Yorkes helps bury a future version of herself underneath the HOLLYWOOD sign.
* In ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader'', Franchise/{{Batman}} attends a funeral for multiple versions of himself, with eulogies telling how he was killed in each one.
* In ''The Death of Groo,'' ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer goes to his own funeral, expecting there to be much sadness at his demise. There isn't. Everybody at that funeral had had endless trouble from him, and they were all delighted at his "death."
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} did this in spirit form. He found that he was able to possess people and had no end of fun causing trouble, culminating in a giant brawl between Juggernaut, Wolverine, T-Ray, and pretty much every other minor character to appear in Deadpool's book up to that point.
* When ComicBook/NormanOsborn showed up alive during ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'', he claimed to have done this, watching from a distance simply out of a sick sense of amusement. (The body was [[DisposableVagrant a vagrant]] he had murdered in order to fake his death.)

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2013/01/29#mutable_881486 strip for 1-29-13]]. Larry the crocodile had apparently been eaten by killer dolphins (long story) and his friends set up a memorial dinner for him. He was actually still alive, and attended the dinner, telling them that he was a ghost and that if they didn't give him food he'd haunt them forever.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5366432/1/What-was-wrong What Was Wrong]]'' shortly after [[FakingTheDead transfiguring a dying sheep into a copy of himself]] Harry attends his own funeral underneath his invisibility cloak.
* Played with in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic "Cold ... Tired ...", which is set in the immediate aftermath of "Earthshock". Adric, having returned to the TARDIS in spirit, listens outside the door as the Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa hold a memorial ceremony for him.
* ''FanFic/BeingDeadAintEasy'' has Joey fall from the gateway to the afterlife to the tail end of his own funeral.
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "The Innocence Of A Smurf", Empath dies while swimming across the Pool of Souls to prove his innocence in the matter of bloodshed. The Smurfs were mourning over his death when Empath returns to them back from the dead, because the spirits of the Pool of Souls had deemed him worthy of a second chance.

* An important plot point of the 1937 French film ''The Man from Nowhere''(French: L'Homme de nulle part), where the ruined protagonist, Mathias, is given an opportunity to fake his own death to start afresh.
* Invoked in the movie ''Film/WakingNedDevine'', for reasons too complex to go into here.
* Jacques Bouvar does this at the beginning of ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' while masquerading as a woman. Film/JamesBond shows up to make sure Bouvar will be attending his own real funeral.
* 'Painless' the dentist from the film ''Film/{{MASH}}'' gets to do this. He's there because he's committing suicide, and waves goodbye from his casket. He is unaware that the cyanide capsules he's been given are fake, and he's about to get laid.
* ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'': Inspector Clouseau shows up at his own funeral, disguised as a priest. (Someone else died, but everyone thought it was Clouseau.) He only reveals himself to his former chief Dreyfus, and he faints right into the grave upon seeing him, believing it to be a ghost or hallucination.
* In ''Film/TheBadSleepWell'', Wada is taken to his funeral by Nishi after he is presumed to have thrown himself into a volcano.
* ''Varyemez'', a Turkish tragicomedy film has this when a rich industrialist (the protagonist) is believed to have been killed after being kidnapped and a barely-identifiable body is found. His family and business partners had deliberately not paid the ransom upon realising that they were better off without him. Unfortunately for them, he is very much alive and angry at his family's duplicity. As he plans his [[HumiliationConga revenge]] on them, he attends his own memorial event, watching his wife and son shed crocodile tears and his business partner discussing how to divide up his business.
* In ''Year of the Devil'' [Rok ďábla], a mockumentary by Petr Zelenka, one of the characters, Karel Plíhal, stages a "dress rehearsal" of his own funeral, with a coffin, a priest, and a funeral folk-band, and watches it out of hiding.
* The title character of Terry Gilliam's ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' does it, or at least he claims to have done it.
* The ending of ''Film/CapricornOne''. Several astronauts are forced to participate in a faked mission to Mars. When their ship burns up on re-entry, the authorities plan to kill them. One astronaut escapes and shows up at the memorial service for the crew, exposing the conspiracy.
* ''Film/{{Convoy}}'': Rubber Duck is one of the people riding the microbus in the convoy that serves as his funeral.
* In the Czech film ''Trhák'' ({{mockumentary}} about filming of a musical) a character died, but his actor was filmed attending the funeral -- forcing the scriptwriter to explain it away as the deceased man's brother ("[[LampshadeHanging look, he's even limping on the same leg]]").
* In ''Film/TheWeatherman'', the main character arranges a "living funeral" for his father, who is dying of cancer. He gets through one line of his eulogy before the power cuts out.
* ''Film/{{RIPD}}'': Subverted in the sense of being undead. While he's disguised as his James Hong character, Nick does attend his own funeral from a distance. He first discovers that he no longer looks like himself when he sprints in and tries to greet his widow.
* In ''Film/TheLivingWake'', K. Roth finds out he's dying, so not only does he organize his own wake and personally invite everyone in town, he attends to deliver his own eulogy, and has a little song and dance number that [[spoiler:ends with him collapsing right into his already-prepared coffin]]. Now, ''that'' is talent.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'' with Brick, who's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} not all there.]] After being declared dead due to having disappeared, he shows up at the funeral and gives a eulogy and declares he will get vengeance on his killer. He is eventually persuaded that he is actually still alive.
* In ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfDonJuan'' a Don Juan impostor is killed, and buried as the real Don Juan. The real Don Juan, who has seized this chance to anonymously retire, goes to his own funeral. He's gratified that seemingly all the women of Spain have showed up to pay their respects.
* Audrey and Laurel are identical twins in ''Film/ThePrettyOne''. A car accident happens and one twin dies while the other is suffering from retrograde amnesia, and is identified as Audrey. She realizes, on the day of Laurel's funeral, that she is Laurel.
* Occurs in the Jackie Gleason film ''Film/{{Gigot}}''. The title character is a CuteMute who enjoyed going to funerals, so when he is presumed dead, the townsfolk throw a lavish funeral procession for him although no body was found. When he turns up and sees the procession, he naturally follows along.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', it's Cap attending his Smithsonian exhibit instead of his funeral, but the scene hits all the beats of this trope (he's in disguise, the exhibit is a memorial of his life up through his DisneyDeath at the end of ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger First Avenger]]'', old movie clips and quotes from friends and loved ones in place of a eulogy, etc). It does have a different impact than most versions, since ''he's'' still alive and healthy, but he's lost or is losing ''everyone else'' there.
* In ''Film/XXXReturnOfXanderCage'', when Augustus Gibbons was presumed to be dead when a satellite hits Brazil, he shows up alive and well at the end of the film talking to the titular Xander Cage inside a church.

* The essay, "Dead at 17" (frequently known as "Please God, I'm Only 17"), was written by New Hampshire resident John J. Berrio, after the teenaged son of a close friend died in a 1967 car accident. The story a cautionary tale imploring that teenagers adopt safe-driving habits is told from the point-of-view of a teenager who drove recklessly, was involved in a major car accident and suffered fatal injuries. The story begins with hindsight ("I was too cool for the bus" and "All the kids drive"), then progresses as the protagonist's car is involved in the deadly collision, then is examined by on-scene medics and police officers, brought to the morgue to be identified by his shocked parents and then to the visitation (where his grieving friends and family pass by his open casket). The final scene sees the teenager protesting in vain being placed in the ground, pleading for a second chance and promising to be a safer driver.
** On an almost annual basis, readers of Dear Abby and Annie's Mailbox (previously Ann Landers) will request that Berrio's essay be republished, hoping teenagers who are newly licensed will read it and decide to adopt safe driving habits. Dr. Robert Wallace, who publishes a column aimed at teenagers named Tween 12 and 20, has also been known to publish the column.
** The use of first-person POV has led some people to believe the young driver wrote this himself.
* Creator/MarkTwain's novel ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'': Tom and his two friends Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper are hiding out on an island playing (although they sort-of really mean it) at being pirates and are assumed dead. They get tired of sleeping rough and want to go home, but decide to stick it out just long enough to attend their own funeral and then enter dramatically through the door.
* This is done symbolically in ''Literature/LordOfTheNightSky'' to help Ted get over the fact [[YouCantGoHomeAgain that his old life is over]]. Once the day is saved, the team throws him a funeral party.
* In the ''Literature/{{Raffles}}'' series, A. J. Raffles did this, as part of a gambit to throw a too-persistent ex-girlfriend off his trail; it was the second time he'd been thought to be dead, but the first funeral. The other time, he'd jumped from a ship in the Mediterranean, and been mistakenly reported to have washed up dead on shore.
* ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'': In "Rumpole and the Last Resort", Rumpole lets it be thought that he is dead, partly to lure a solicitor that owes him a great deal of money out of hiding and let She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed pwn him good; as a bonus, he gets to hear Judge Bullingham giving a eulogy for him, which he greatly enjoys.
* In the fourth book of ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Percy shows up after spending two weeks on Calypso's island to find that everyone thought he was dead and were holding his funeral.
* Prince Josua at the end of ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''.
* Mr. Sellars at the end of ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', also by Creator/TadWilliams.
* Aethelstane in ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' does this at his own funeral. Specifically, he throws open the door and appears wearing funeral garments and looking as if he had just been raised from the dead.
* In ''Lady Slings the Booze'', one of Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan]]'' series, Nicola Tesla (actually alive and well, thanks to a certain time traveler) mentions attending his own funeral in disguise.
* The novel ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'' had Louis going to his funeral after his plantation burned down. His aged younger sister attended.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story ''Obituary'', a scientist who's embittered by lack of success and recognition finds a way to bring a duplicate of an object from about three days in the future; unfortunately, if the object is a living creature, the process kills the duplicate. He uses this to fake his own death and thereby get to read his obituaries. Needless to say, his greater plan to achieve lasting fame by this is one last failure.
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Bilbo returns from adventuring just in time to attend his own estate sale.
* ''Literature/TheWestingGame'': Sam Westing, aka Sandy [=McSouthers=], along with Attending Your Own Will Reading and Wake, complete with a fake body in the open casket to pull off the deception.
* Aversion: In the novel ''Literature/SkinnyDip'' by Creator/CarlHiaasen, Joey wants to attend her own funeral (in disguise) in order to interrogate her husband about why he tried to kill her. Her partner-in-crime convinces her to wait in the car.
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'', Mad Sweeney the leprechaun attends his own wake, where he [[DeadPersonConversation debates]] the interpretation of his life story provided by one of the other characters and tosses back a few glasses of whiskey. By the next morning, he seems to have shifted from OnlyMostlyDead to KilledOffForReal.
* Creator/TomHolt's Paul Carpenter pulls this in book three of the ''Literature/JWWellsAndCo'' series... after faking a ''relapse'' of death. Considering that he died something like three times per book and usually recovered by the next chapter, this is hardly surprising.
* Creator/GKChesterton's Literature/FatherBrown does it in "The Resurrection of Father Brown". He was [[spoiler: drugged by {{Hollywood Atheist}}s who wanted to make it look like he was trying to fake a miracle by coming back to life. They were foiled when the modest and sensible Father Brown declared that it ''hadn't'' been a miracle.]]
* The final chapter of the fifth ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' book, "Mister Boddy's Funeral" has the guests all assembled having been invited to their host's funeral when he himself walks in, leading to confusion until it is revealed one of the guests arranged for the funeral with the intention of murdering Mr. Boddy on location, to make things convenient.
* In ''[[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Anne of Ingleside]]'', one of the GossipyHens at the quilting bee mentions a story about a man who went out West and reportedly died. The body was sent home, but the funeral director advised them not to open the casket, so they didn't find out it was someone else's body until the supposedly dead man came home just in time to walk in on the funeral.
* In Charles Dickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', Scrooge doesn't attend his own funeral per se but the ghost of Christmas future does show him his own grave.
* In ''Privilege'', the SpinOff of the ''Literature/{{Private}}'' series, Ariana attends her own funeral. The body they cremated is actually that of Briana Leigh Covington, who she killed in order to access her money and assume her life.
* It's not his funeral but Mackenzie Calhoun of ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' shows up to the dedication of the new ''USS Excalibur'' which has a touching eulogy/speech about since he was presumed dead during the destruction of the last ship of the same name. It's both hilarious and touching.
* ''Literature/GestaDanorum'': One year after Amleth has been sent to England by his uncle Feng to be killed with a PleaseShootTheMessenger plot, he is presumed dead. But Amleth has foiled Feng's plan and returns to the royal palace just the day his own obsequies are being held. Later the same night, Amleth executes vengeance on Feng.
* In the ''Highlander'' spinoff novel, ''The Element Of Fire', Connor Macleod is believed to have drowned while saving the life of a ship's captain. They give Connor a funeral at sea, with his spare set of clothes wrapped around a stone serving in place of his body. After the "burial", Connor climbs up the anchor line back onto the ship.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'' has Zak Arranda injected with [[OurZombiesAreDifferent revival formula]] and something designed to put him into a coma that looked like death. He wakes up, unable to move, in a coffin during his own funeral -- local traditions have the dead buried almost as soon as they're declared dead -- and gets to hear his sister weeping over him. Then he's BuriedAlive, and only then regains some mobility.
* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Lemony Snicket does this after he's [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated believed to be dead.]].
* A rather gut-wrenching version happens in ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves''. After revealing his sexuality to his mother, Benjamin gets a visit from both his parents. His parents bring roses and cake and while they are eating it dawns on Benjamin that it's not a social call -- to his parents [[IHaveNoSon this is his funeral.]] TruthInTelevision as people who leave Jehovah's Witnesses have experienced this (including the real-life person Benjamin was based on).
* A variant in the ''Literature/XWingSeries'': Corran Horn misses his own funeral, but manages to show up for the final phase of the trial for ''the murder of Corran Horn.''
* Played with in the Literature/HonorHarrington series in a way, where the titular character is believed to have died for over two years before returning, and later makes mention of having watched her state funeral on TV, and lamented by her friend Michelle 'Mike' Henke, who laments not being declared dead as she would have enjoyed watching her own funeral.
* Doc Daneeka in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' had qualified for flight pay simply by entering his name into the flight log. He was declared killed in action when a plane he was 'on board' was downed. He attended his own funeral, mourning that his protests that he was still alive couldn't be officially lodged because he was officially dead.
* ''Literature/EyrbyggjaSaga'': Thorodd of Froda and his men have drowned in a shipwreck, and their bodies have not been found. When his family holds a funeral feast, and all the guests have been seated, Thorodd and his companions come in, soaking wet, and sit down by the fire. While the people are afraid to go near the ghosts, they welcome them and think it is "a happy omen, because in those days it was believed that drowned people had been well received by the sea-goddess, Ran, if they came to their own funeral feast." Unfortunately, the ghosts continue their visits after the feast is over, causing the farmpeople much trouble.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The essay, "Dead at 17" (frequently known as "Please God, I'm Only 17"), written by John J. Berrio to condemn reckless driving by teenagers, was adapted into a [[Series/AfterschoolSpecial CBS Schoolbreak Special]] in 1991.
* In the opening of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', David Banner is seen at his own grave.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor has done this more than once.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': In the first-season episode "If I Should Wake Before I Die," Charles helps a lonely, widowed mother stage her own funeral to draw her negligent, estranged (and now adult) children to her home for a long-coveted visit. In this case, it works and the children realize what they had been missing.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': PlayedForLaughs in several episodes, including:
** "The Ghost of the General Lee": A wake for Bo and Luke is held after it is merely assumed they had drowned when the General Lee is found submerged in a lake and they are nowhere to be found. (What had happened was that a pair of crooks stole the General Lee while Bo and Luke were skinny dipping, and Rosco gives chase, assuming he's chasing his longtime adversaries ... until the General Lee is driven into a lake. The bad guys flee, and Rosco comes to his erroneous conclusion when he is unable to find any bodies.)
** "Ding Dong, the Boss is Dead": Boss fakes his own death to escape suffering a crueler fate from a mob boss who went to prison on his testimony ... only the catch is the mobster is coming to Boss' visitation in Hazzard to make sure Hogg is indeed dead.
** "Too Many Roscoes": As was the case with Bo and Luke in the earlier episode, a wake for Rosco takes place after it is merely assumed he had drowned when his patrol car is run off the road and into a lake by a gang of bank robbers (including one that is an exact double of Rosco), and a hasty search of the lake by Bo and Luke finds no body. The wake ends when the phony Rosco is seen walking to Boss' house (where the wake takes place).
* Geordi and Ensign Ro did this in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Next Phase" -- they also appeared to "come back from the dead", although they weren't actually dead, in the middle of their own funeral. Ro was frustrated that she'd never get to hear what Riker, with whom she had BelligerentSexualTension, would say about her.
** On the earlier episode "The Schizoid Man," Dr. Ira Graves, the mentor to Dr. Noonien Soong, Data's creator, [[GrandTheftMe uploads himself into Data's positronic brain just before he dies]]. While in Data's body, he doesn't just attend his own funeral -- he delivers his own [[ButHeSoundsHandsome flattering]] ''eulogy''.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''
** In an episode Sophia decides to host her own funeral while she's still alive -- that way not only will people be able to enjoy themselves and celebrate her life, but she'll be able to see it and celebrate with them. Rose handles the invitations... but forgets to tell everybody that it's just a pretend funeral. Everyone gets a nasty shock when Sophia shows up, ready to party.
** Blanche tells one time when she was a teenager, and angry over losing a beauty pageant, decides to fake her own death, making it look like she drowned in a river. A few days later, her family and friends hold her funeral, and she comes and reveals herself. She mentions in passing that her father sent her to a religious school after that, and how her father could be "such a peckerwood" sometimes.
* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Booth takes advantage of an injury to fake his own death, attends his funeral as a member of the three-volley salute, and outs himself by apprehending a suspect. Said suspect told the FBI the next time they'd see him would be at Booth's funeral.
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe''
** George goes to her own funeral in the first episode. She was able to do this because she was going to be joining the ranks of the reapers.
** In another episode, Mason had to attempt to convince one recently deceased man that he ''couldn't'' attend his own funeral and that it was important to move on to the other side as soon as possible.
* George Sr. is able to hear his own wake in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* In ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Paul gets an incorrect notice that he's dead, goes to the funeral of the other Paul Buchman, and suddenly finds himself a ghost, talking to his widow Jamie about their life together.
* Reginald Perrin, after he fakes his death in ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''.
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler and Ross once got into a prank war concerning their college alumni page. Eventually Chandler posts that Ross has died. Ross decides to hold it anyway, just to see who shows up. Only two "mourners" arrive: a guy who's only there to hit on the recently "outted" Chandler, and a girl who had a crush on Ross. Ross jumps out and disgusts her for not being dead.
* PlayedForLaughs when Dan Fielding attended his own funeral on ''Series/NightCourt''. They had trouble coming up with nice things to say.
* Rimmer attends his own funeral (twice! [[ItMakesSenseInContext He was already dead the second time he died]]) in ''Series/RedDwarf''. The first time, he produced a VHS tape of himself memorialising himself. Lister fast-forwarded to the good bits. The second time, a blow-up sex doll was introduced as his widow. [[spoiler: Although in the second one, Lister (the only one that knew that Rimmer was attending his own funeral) gave a rather heartwarming speech and posthumous promotion to say farewell before Rimmer went off to become 'Ace' Rimmer.]]
* Max in ''Series/GetSmart'', faking his death for a mission, shows up to check out his funeral and complains to the Chief about the lack of mourners and the cheap flowers and headstone.
* In ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' Echo is imprinted with the memories of a recently dead client who wanted to attend her own funeral... and find out [[WhodunnitToMe who killed her. The paranoia pays out, anyway.]]
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Volume 4 ends with all the Heroes gathering together for the first time in the show, to witness the destruction of series BigBad Sylar's body, whom they've finally managed to kill after 3 whole seasons. However, most of them are unaware that "Nathan" is really a shapeshifted Sylar brainwashed into believing that he's Nathan by Ma Petrelli and Matt Parkman, and the body being burned is merely a shapeshifter who died while assuming Sylar's appearance.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': After the Covenant kidnaps Sydney and fakes her death, they force her to watch her own funeral while BoundAndGagged in a nearby van so that she knows no rescue attempts are coming.
* A two-part ''Series/HappyDays'' episode concludes with Fonzie doing this (disguised as an old lady) after FakingTheDead to throw some gangsters off his trail.
* In one episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'' Mr. Howell makes out his will, leaving various things to the other castaways. He then believes they're trying to kill him and stages his death by letting them believe he fell in quicksand. He watches his funeral from a tree and sees they really did care about him. He then falls out of the tree and lands in the middle of his own funeral.
* In the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' episode "Unusual Suspects", Hugh Fitzcairn is killed and watches his own funeral.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheATeam'', Hannibal allows himself to be shot by a sniper (he was wearing a bulletproof vest, Lord knows how he expected the sniper to hit him there) and when the SmugSnake Loan Shark behind it comes to gloat and tries to spit in Hannibal's face at the wake. Hannibal "wakes up" and holds him at gunpoint. The team then put him inside the coffin and take him to a seaside dock to perform a {{Jack Bauer Interrogation|Technique}}.
* There was a Japanese police drama in which a funeral is staged as a sting to draw out a scam artist who shows up at funerals, claims to have known the deceased and asks the family for payment of debts the deceased supposedly owes him. The "deceased", of course, attends the funeral.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}''
** In the episode "The Two Live Crew Job" Sophie (going by the name Katherine) poses in a coffin after someone sends her a bomb in a flower vase. She listens to the other members of the team eulogize her (including Parker, who almost blows the con). Nate closes the casket and taps on it, which is Sophie's cue to drop out through the false bottom. She even makes an appearance a minute later, wearing a veiled hat.
** And ''again'' in "The San Lorenzo Job". Nate even {{lampshades}} it: "You are utterly unclear on how to be dead. This is the second time in two years that you've shown up at your own funeral."
* In a long string of pranks, a bar owner rival of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' fakes his own death, funeral, and is even buried inside a coffin to prank Sam Malone. After Sam breaks down and accepts the death is not a hoax, the "dead" man pops out of the office and reveals it was just an elaborate prank.
* Happens to Hobbes in ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' when the Chinese are after him. He is spying from afar on the funeral, but is kidnapped by the Chinese anyway, as they don't buy the hoax. Also, the only one of the Agency who wasn't told was Claire, as they needed real tears.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': Jim attends his own funeral--but he's really dead and attends it as a ghost.
* Deb in ''Series/DropDeadDiva'' does this after being resurrected in the body of Jane.
* Variation on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. After Jenna was misreported as dead, Jack saw it as a gimmick to sell her latest movie and set up a memorial for her on the ShowWithinAShow. Jenna watched this for awhile, but eventually came on stage to wreck it after realizing her real age would be mentioned.
* Played straight in the pilot of ''Series/TheCape'' when Vince peeps in on his own funeral after being presumed dead.
* The Series/{{Charmed}} Ones went to their own funeral and even had to keep Phoebe from hitting on a guy who was ''mourning'' her death. And when Paige saw how few people were mourning her, what does she do? [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Impersonate Janice Dickinson and mourn herself]].
* A suspect on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' once got caught this way--he faked his death but couldn't resist coming to the funeral.
* In 2009, a hoax arose on the Internet (and even spread as far as an Australian TV news show) which claimed Jeff Goldblum had died in an accident. Goldblum's response was to take this trope UpToEleven by going on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' and ''[[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/220019/june-29-2009/jeff-goldblum-will-be-missed delivering his own eulogy]]''.
-->'''Jeff Goldblum:''' No one will miss Jeff Goldblum more than me. He was not only a friend and a mentor, but he was also me.
* ''Series/{{Jam}}'' featured a sketch where a middle-aged man decides to be buried alive while he is in his prime -- he believes that he already has everything he wants in life and doesn't like the idea of dying in his old age. He is seen sitting up in the coffin at his funeral, listening to his eulogy and joining in with the music, before being buried alive in front of the mourners.
* In an episode of ''Series/BeingHumanUK'', George sees his dad's obituary in the paper, goes to the funeral secretly, and finds his dad also there. Being that sort of show, he assumes his dad is a ghost, and tries to help him determine [[UnfinishedBusiness what's keeping him on Earth]]. Turns out, no, he faked his death.
* On an episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Murphy and Frank are on a plane that is having mechanical troubles and the passengers are told to brace for impact. A moment later they cut to their own funeral, but no one there can hear or see them. Much panic and angst ensues, until the end of the episode when it's revealed to be AllJustADream and the plane lands safely.
* In an episode of ''Series/BostonLegal'' a terminally ill cancer patient stages his own wake, while he is still strong enough to enjoy it. He has trouble understanding why his girlfriend isn't in a party mood while he personally has a great time.
* Jimmy [=McNulty=] in ''Series/TheWire'' is given a mock Irish wake at Kavanaugh's pub, just like other cop characters who'd been killed off when their actors passed away in real life. In this case, [=McNulty=]'s career as a detective is what's "dead". He lies on the pool table, posed with a bottle of Jameson's whiskey and a cigar, just like the others, while Jay Landsman gives a funny eulogy. But [=McNulty=] is talkative and can't stay still and the other cops complain about this.
* John Cleese opened the ''International Comedy Festival'' in 2006 by announcing that he would be having himself killed at the end of the show due to the state of stand-up comedy, before which he would deliver his own eulogy.
--->'''Cleese''': I thought the only person worthy of eulogizing me is Steve Martin... then I thought no, he's not really good enough either.
* In the pilot of ''Series/FantasyIsland'', the female CEO of a major company wonders what would happen if she suddenly died. Rourke puts out the story she was killed in a plane crash with the service held on the island and the woman disguised as a mute maid. This leads her to find out how some of her "friends' really feel about her.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Being House, he not only attends his funeral (though he stays outside), but also messes with Wilson's eulogy.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Journalist Edmund Grey is killed by a car bomb when he refuses to stop his investigation of a corrupt politician. As his grief-stricken wife, brother, and numerous loved ones gather for his funeral, who should walk in but Edmund himself, asking "Who died?". It turns out it was the corrupt politician's hitman who was blown up. Thousands of miles away, Edmund had no idea what had happened and that entire town was grieving for him.
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' has Sabrina fake her death to smoke out whoever rigged an explosive in her water cooler; there's a funeral, which she attends, hiding in the back wearing heavy mourning gear. Of course her colleagues are all in on it, but she's touched to see Bosley summoning up genuine tears at the thought of losing her.
* Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' attends his own funeral... as the priest giving the eulogy.
* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' ends with the titular character being forced to jump off a building by the BigBad while Watson witnesses the fall. The final scene shows Watson and Mrs. Hudson at the grave, Watson quietly begging Holmes to not be dead. As he's walking away, the camera pans and shows Holmes watching from the cover of a nearby copse. Of course, the real puzzle for the audience wasn't whether or not he survived (since that's a forgone conclusion for anyone familiar with the source material), but ''how''. The season 3 premiere explained that.
* Happens by accident in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' with Rembrandt walking in on his double's funeral. While it's not his original intention, he can't keep silent when he hears blatant lies being told (then again, he has no way of knowing if they ''are'' lies in this world). He ends up living with his double's wife and son for a few days... until the wife is notified that her husband was wounded in action (he was MIA and presumed dead) and is coming home. Cue Rembrandt running away from an angry woman with a shotgun.
* An episode of ''Series/AceOfCakes'' involved making a funeral cake for an elderly man who always wanted to attend his own wake, so his wife set one up for him.
* In an episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl is making up for [[FakingTheDead faking his own death]] to get out of a relationship with a clingy girl named Natalie seven years prior. Natalie is now in a relationship with a {{Jerkass}}, but she is too much of an ExtremeDoormat to care. The guy fakes his own death, having gotten the idea from Earl when he came over to apologize, and Earl (on the advice of Catalina) goes to hang with Natalie to cheer her up a bit. Natalie thinks they're getting back together, and when Earl finally can't take it anymore (and the PleaseDumpMe gambit failed miserably), he actually tells her what the problem is. And he is told by Natalie's mother that Natalie committed suicide. When Earl goes to her funeral, she grabs his hand, and reveals that she is alive, and faked ''her'' death so Earl would feel her pain. Too bad her mother wasn't in on the stunt.
* In the first episode of ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Sarah watches her own funeral through binoculars, and Vic tells Felix off for taking a phone call from her during it.
* Similar to the ''Murphy Brown'' example above, Red Forman on ''Series/That70sShow'' has a brief dream of his own funeral when his neighbor Bob cuts down a tree which almost falls on him. His wife Kitty is the only one who attends. This inspires him to be a nicer person and he has another vision at a party where his funeral is similar to the party. However, he decides this isn't like him and goes back to being a {{Jerkass}}.
* One episode of ''Series/NashBridges'' opens with recurring character Tony B faking his death. He's found out when Nash spots him at the funeral. Needless to say, no one has anything nice to say about Tony, even Nash.
* In ''{{Series/MASH}}'', Hawkeye is declared dead by a clerical error, so BJ throws a wake. Since everyone knows he's alive and the whole thing is treated as a big joke, the presence of the deceased isn't alarming, and the "deceased" delivers his own eulogy -- with twenty minutes for rebuttal by the guests.
** In another episode, a soldier from Luxembourg is presumed dead after he disappears from Post-Op. As they're holding his memorial service, when they cue up Luxembourg's National Anthem the wounded man stumbles out of the post-op ward and comes to attention.
* The finale of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has flash-forwards for each of its characters -- Jean-Ralphio's takes us to his funeral -- which he's watching from behind a tree. He's so enthused over whatever scam he's engineered that he gets spotted.
* In ''Series/{{Continuum}}'', New Timeline Alec arranges a funeral for New Timeline Kiera, who was killed shortly after Original Timeline Kiera arrived in the new timeline. Since almost no-one knows she's dead, the only atendees are himself, Carlos, and Original Timeline Kiera.
* In a season finale for ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys'', Granddad Brown [[FakingTheDead concocts a scheme with his daughter-in-law and grandkids to fake his death]] so he can find out what people will say at his funeral. To his dismay, nobody wants to say ''anything''.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital''. Luke and Laura Spencer faked her death in an explosion in order to escape the machinations of their archenemies the Cassadines. But when circumstances forced them to return to town, Laura ended up walking into a memorial service dedicating a wing of the eponymous hospital to her memory. As only one or two people had been privy to the fact that she was still alive, the reaction of everyone else was pure anger.
* On ''Series/ShamelessUS'' Frank owes money to some gangsters and decides to fake his own death. However, the gangsters insist on attending the funeral so Frank is drugged and laid out in a casket. Fortunately for him the gangsters are fooled and do not insist on actually seeing the casket buried.
* In the third season finale of ''Series/EastboundAndDown'', Kenny Powers (who takes SmallNameBigEgo to insane heights) fakes his death on the belief that "the press will never leave me alone." The season four premiere reveals that Kenny was unable to resist bursting into the middle of his own funeral and announce he was "reborn." He is honestly surprised that the reactions included his brother punching him in the face and then ending up [[RealityEnsues arrested and spending time in jail for insurance fraud.]]

* John J. Berrio's essay, "Dead at 17" was turned into a recitation and has been recorded by several acts, most notably country music singer Red Sovine (in 1977, included on one of his last albums). His version is titled, "I'm Only Seventeen."
* The narrator of "The Gunner's Dream", from the Music/PinkFloyd album ''The Final Cut'', imagines or hallucinates doing this thing.
* The beginning of "Neptune City" by Nicole Atkins begins with a ghost tagging after his funeral procession.
* At Music/FiveIronFrenzy's final live show, the frontman Reese Roper referenced this trope to explain how he felt.
-->'''Reese Roper''': This is really surreal... You know how in movies, people fake their death and then they go to their own funeral? Yeah...
* In YUP's ToppatakkejaJaToledonTerasta main character Henri Blavatsky's spirit buries his own corpse in main antagonist's flowerbed. And pukes over it.
* The final movement of Music/HectorBerlioz's ''Music/SymphonieFantastique''. According to Berlioz's program notes, the protagonist, having poisoned himself with opium,
-->...sees himself at a witches' sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral.

[[folder:New Media]]
* There's a hideous glurge that periodically makes the rounds in email: it's a chronicle of child abuse and murder, told from the victim's point of view, and ends with the lines "My name is Sarah/And I am but three/And tonight my daddy/Murdered me." Multiple people have written to Website/{{Snopes}} ''asking whether this is a true story''. (Their [[http://www.snopes.com/glurge/blueribbon.asp response]]: "As unlikely as it might be that a three-year-old could possess the language skills necessary to compose such a piece, it's even more unlikely that anyone could describe her own murder in the first person.")

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has a bear sitting up in a casket, incredulous that he has to tell his mourners that he was ''hibernating''.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* The June 11, 2007 episode of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} WWE Raw]]'', which was, of course, [[ItsAllAboutMe "Vince [=McMahon=] Appreciation Night"]], ended with Vince's limo "exploding", with Vince in it. This was supposed to lead to [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]] showing up at his own "funeral." This was abandoned [[RealLifeWritesThePlot due to]] the Wrestling/ChrisBenoit tragedy on June 24, 2007. (For the clumsy AuthorsSavingThrow that followed, see ReallyGetsAround.)

* A variant from BBC comedy ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'': The reading of Lord Hackingbottmo's will is disrupted when someone points out that he's the one reading it. (Note that this only happens after the reading has already a) included a long list of people who haven't been left anything and b) turned into a spontaneous performance of "Chattanooga Choo-choo".)
-->'''Lord Hackingbottmo''': I know it better than anyone else!
-->'''Guest''': But you're ''not dead''!
-->'''Lord Hackingbottmo''': ...I've got a gum boil.
-->'''Guest''': That's not enough!
* ''Radio/EdReardonsWeek'': A "Reading Your Own Obituary" variation; Reardon spends an episode trying to steal his obituary from his agent's files to see what his "friend" Jaz Milvane has written about him.
* In Richard Wilson's fictional radio autobiography ''Believe It!'', Richard holds a funeral for his cat when Celia Imrie tells him he died. It turns out the cat just went missing, and returns half way through the funeral. Richard is struck by the revelation that the cat came back to see the funeral, and many years later gathers all his celebrity friends to hold a "dress rehearsal" of his own funeral. It doesn't go as well as he expected, and they eventually conclude that it doesn't work if he's there.
* In the Radio 4 dramedy about cancer survivors ''Bad Salsa'', one of the chracaters, when her cancer comes back, starts planning an elaborate Mexican-themed funeral, and then decides to have it ''now'', because why should she have to miss it? This does not go according to plan, with the eulogies veering into how she's incredibly self-centred and refuses to think about how upset her friends are by her situation.

* In the [[Literature/TheFourGospels gospel of Luke]] from ''Literature/TheBible'', Jesus raises a widow's son from the dead right at his own funeral.

[[folder:Table Top Games]]
* One of the ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' books has a short story told from the POV of a newly minted ghost. After attending his own funeral (and weeping over it) he decides to do some world travel. Tries to go to the moon, but doesn't quite get that far.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* More like "Attending Your Own Wake": In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God'', when Guybrush (as a ghost) goes through a rip in the Crossroads to Club 41 ''before'' going to the Manatee Mating Grounds in order to find the Voodoo Lady's locket (via another rip), Bugeye tells him to be quiet when he and W.P. Grindstump are "in the middle of a pirate wake", and Guybrush is surprised to find his own body [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments holding a dartboard and wearing a party hat]]. He can look around the club and talk to Grindstump to find out what happened after Guybrush died at the hands of [=LeChuck=]. Afterwards, he can exit his own wake and continue on in his quest to get back in his own body, as before.
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, this is part of the induction for the Legion of the Dead, throwing a funeral for the new recruit and playing this funeral straight in every way except for the "being dead" part. Then they go fight darkspawn until they die.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'': Prince Zephiel had barely escaped from being poisoned to death [[OffingTheOffspring by his own father King Desmond]], and decides to pretend he's dead in order to have revenge. He then lies down in his own casket, a knife hidden among his funerary garments, [[SelfMadeOrphan and when Desmond orders to open it so he can see if Zephiel's truly dead]]...
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', wherein the end of the game is at the titular protagonist's funeral and he is actually the one on the altar; only he gets up and proceeds to kill all of the attendees.
* Nanako from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'''s sequel disc, ''Kagetsu Tohya'', is not ''technically'' dead, but her human body died and she couldn't interact with her family ever again, so her family held a funeral. She was actually very touched by the service, and this reinforced her belief that she could continue existing without regretting giving up her life.
* Though Serge isn't there in time for the funeral in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', Serge does visit his grave in Another World and is found there by people who know he "should" be dead.
* [[LovableCoward Italy]] does this in ''VideoGame/HetaOni''; after a hiccup in the mansion's GroundhogDayLoop, he winds up caught in the only time loop where he didn't survive, and goes to visit his own dead body before finding the way back to his own reality. It's almost forgettable compared to the [[KillEmAll things]] [[SadistShow before]] [[TearJerker and]] [[BreakTheCutie after]] it, though.
* This happens to Vic Vector in ''VideoGame/MySims Kingdom'' -- right as he's about to head off on his first mission as a test pilot, it becomes increasingly obvious that Dr. F's speech is in fact a eulogy about his (impending, inevitable) death during the mission. This being a LighterAndSofter world, he actually survives, of course, but it does provide a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.
* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'': Central to the resolution of Michiru's plot arc. After Michiru's suicidal tendencies peak, Yuuji decides to make her realize how much she actually enjoys being alive... by killing her. Actually what he did was drug her so that she was awake and conscious but completely paralyzed, lying in a coffin while her friends hold a funeral. Then he buries her. The heartfelt reactions of her friends to her supposed death, as well as the terror of being BuriedAlive, convince her that she really does want to live, and when the drug wears off [[RiseFromYourGrave she digs her way out of the grave]]. (Yuuji, expecting this outcome, hadn't buried the coffin very deeply and had left an airhole in it so she wouldn't suffocate.)

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' story Skeletons in the Closet Knuckles does not quite attend his own funeral but finds a skeleton that was a previous version of him that was killed by the Gizoid robot, Johnny didn't attend his own funeral but in the story In Memory Johnny from the past reads the plaque about his own death in his future.
* In ''Webcomic/UnijuHolidayTheater'', in [[http://wiki.userpedia.net/images/d/dd/Unijushorriblehalloweenofhorror.PNG Uniju's Horrible Halloween of Horror]], Uniju gets thrown into YetAnotherChristmasCarol, except it's for Halloween. During this story, The Ghost of Halloween Future takes Uniju to his grave in the future. [[spoiler:He actually attended his own funeral twice at the same time, as the Ghost of Halloween Future was also Uniju]].
* ''WebComic/ToPreventWorldPeace'': Tiffany, does it, when invisible, as people think she died, as seen on [[http://worldpeace.emilymarthasorensen.com/worldpeace413.html page 413]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Though neither faking it nor technically needing to be resurrected, ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has this happen to Sarge, complete with Grif performing a roast for him, and Simmons campaigning for the leadership position, instead of giving him a eulogy.
-->'''Grif''': "Sarge, is he campaigning for your job at your ''funeral''? ''Classy''."
** Sarge was less than pleased.
---> '''Sarge''': "This is the worst funeral I've ever had."
** This likely happened offscreen for Church as well; he is shown loudly demanding that he be given one. 'My body fought long and hard for this war!' Later, his grave is shown.
** It happens again in season 9, to Simmons this time. At first he's excited at the prospect, but he becomes rather less so when the best things his teammates can come up with are "He talked a lot," and "He liked gum."
-->'''Simmons''': I never thought my death could somehow be worse than my life, but here it is. Bitchin'.
* There's a rather peculiar instance in an ''Everyday Weirdness'' story called "[[http://everydayweirdness.com/e/20090204/ Procession]]."
* ''Machinima/TheLeetWorld'' has one of sorts, where Player, having survived a grenade injury, makes the rest of the team hold a funeral for him, so he can see what it's like.
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', Ginny says that this is what she would do if she had an invisibility cloak.
* ''Website/ClickHole'''s [[http://www.clickhole.com/article/revealed-fbis-secret-file-frank-sinatra-3539 presentation]] of the FBI report on Music/FrankSinatra shows that his funeral was attended by "top members of {{the Mafia}}, NASA administrator Daniel Goldin, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, and Frank Sinatra."
* {{Inverted}} in the ''Podcast/AliceIsntDead'' episode "The Factory by the Sea," where Praxis Industries employee Jack has the unwitting but cooperative {{Narrator}} join him to bear witness to his funeral, a BurialAtSea on a jetty outside the NightmarishFactory where he works. She helps him, still living, into his coffin, and pushes it off to sea as though it were a boat, while he shuts the lid on himself.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Subverted in "Simpsons Tall Tales", where Bart and Nelson play the roles of Literature/TomSawyer and Huck Finn. After a scene implies they've been hanged, they're shown hiding while their funeral is going on, grinning widely... only for it to be revealed that it's merely their corpses about to be lowered in the coffins (apparently there was a very good embalmer on hand or something, but probably RuleOfFunny is a more apt explanation).
** In "Lisa the Tree Hugger", Lisa lives in a redwood tree to prevent it from being cut down. She sneaks away one night to spend it with the family, at the same time the tree was struck by lightning and destroyed. The entire town believe her to be dead, and hold a large funeral for her, where the Rich Texan announces that he is turning the redwood forest into an amusement park in Lisa's memory. Lisa dramatically arrives, and announces her outrage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', in the episode "The Late Mr. Kent," Superman watches Clark Kent's funeral.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Pharaoh To Remember," the Planet Express crew stages a fake funeral for Bender to convince him that he will be remembered after he's gone.
-->'''Bender''': Louder and sadder!
** There's also the end of ''Bender's Big Score'' where Fry, courtesy of time travel shenanigans, attends his own, non-faked, funeral. Well, technically the funeral of a time-travel duplicate, but still.
** Heavily parodied in the ShowWithinAShow ''All My Circuits'' by Calculon.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'': Stroker faked his own death, as well as his son's and C.A.R.R.'s, in order to avoid a gang of ninjas, and then secretly attended his own funeral. Though Stroker later admits that bringing his son to his own funeral was a crappy idea.
* In ''Huck And Tom's Mississippi Adventure'', Huck pretended to drown, then watched his funeral by looking through the church window after climbing a tree.
* In "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E45DeadDuck Dead Duck]]", WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck "was late for his own funeral" and regretted this. He visited his grave, though, and was deeply disappointed.
* In "Abraca-Cabbage" from the [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior]] series ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'', Goldie experiences essentially a sort-of G-rated version of this. While performing a magic show, one of her tricks was to turn herself into a cabbage. As she was supposedly turning herself back, a bird stole her magic hat, so she ran off to chase after it, leaving Bear to believe that she had become stuck as a cabbage and couldn't change back. At the end of the story, she wanders in on the eulogy that her friends are having for her, now that she's apparently doomed to spend the rest of her life as an inanimate cabbage. After listening to some touching words from the BigBadWolf ("Big Bad"), she pretends that Bear's shouted "Abra-cabbage!" has brought her back, before revealing the truth.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch in which the Justice League attend Green Arrow's funeral, Batman tries to give a eulogy before deciding that a funeral is useless since DeathIsCheap for superheroes, claiming that he'll be back soon enough. Everyone applauds, including Green Arrow, who was seated in the back.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Grandma's Dead", one of Elmyra's pet hamsters dies around the same time her grandmother visits, which makes Elmyra upset and leads everyone to believe that her grandmother really died. When Elmyra throws a funeral for her pet hamster, everyone believes it to be for her grandmother, and thus are shocked when she shows up alive and well.
* In "It Won't be Long" from ''WesternAnimation/BeatBugs'', after Buzz and Morgs rescue themselves from being trapped in a hole without the other Beat Bugs realizing it, they approach them from behind, finding them in the middle of delivering a heartfelt eulogy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Clumsy Luck", Clumsy goes out into the forest to exile himself from the rest of the Smurfs because of his "seven years of bad luck" curse he had brought upon himself for accidentally breaking Vanity's mirror. He then returns to the village to see that most of his fellow Smurfs are now mourning for him because a meteor had destroyed his house and everybody thought he was in it at the time of impact. Clumsy then reveals to the Smurfs that he is still alive, and they cheerfully receive him back safe and sound and among the living.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Paranoid Frandroid", Stan and Roger fake Francine's death when the CIA declare her a threat to national security. She shows up at her funeral, but Stan's co-workers assume he's dating an IdenticalStranger.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* As a deliberately engineered example, in 2007, Amir Vehabovic from Bosnia faked his death, forged a death certificate and arranged for a funeral just to see who would show up to remember him. [[http://www.impactlab.com/2007/03/19/funeral-rehearsal-no-shows/ Only his mother attended the funeral]].
* Zac Pennington of ''Music/ParentheticalGirls'' has held two funerals for himself in his adult life thus far.
* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35496480 Noela Rukundo]] attended her own funeral after her husband hired hitmen to kill her. [[MercifulMinion Said hitmen refused to kill her and instead let her go]], telling her husband that she was dead.
* Prime Minister Keisuke Okada of Japan narrowly escaped assassination when right-wing militarists killed his brother-in-law instead of him. Okada actually attended his own funeral before the mistake was revealed. (His time as Prime Minister ended, but he lived until 1952.)
* [[https://www.reddit.com/r/tifu/comments/3iymtr/tifu_by_picking_up_a_hitchhiker_and_then_showing/ One redditor had a post go viral]] about how he ended up attending his own funeral: a guy stole his wallet and then got killed. When they failed to identify the body, they assumed it was him based on the ID in the stolen wallet.

--> '''Randy:''' "Calculon's back!"