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[[caption-width-right:275:Giving dues: [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Klingons howling to the afterlife to warn of a warrior's approach]], [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Luke burning Vader's body on a pyre]], and [[Series/SixFeetUnder a typical Christian burial service]].]]

->''"The meeting between ignorance and knowledge, between brutality and culture - it begins in the dignity with which we treat our dead."''
-->-- '''Frank Herbert''', ''Literature/{{Dune}}''

One mark that distinguishes humans from nonhumans is that humans have funeral rites; they regard something as due to the dead and have for a long time. Indeed, since burials leave archeological evidence, we know that they occurred [[OlderThanDirt as long as 300,000 years]] ago, as a practice among the Neanderthals.

Unsurprisingly, this has been incorporated in art as a trope, as a mark of character, and is OlderThanDirt, with funeral rites in art from ancient civilizations. '''Evil''' characters will [[DishonoredDead violate proper treatment]] of a corpse by mutilating, reanimating, or even eating the dead, though Due To The Dead is one of the most common [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards villains maintain]]. '''Good''' characters will (rarely!) do the same to a dead CompleteMonster or the like, but usually are marked by their proper respect for the dead, down to even letting {{Revenge}} end when the villain is dead; if they have to destroy bodies to contain a plague, or display it to prove that he is really dead, they will often find it DirtyBusiness.

Even when you put TheFunInFuneral, and HilarityEnsues, the humor tends to be dark and the characters nasty.

A wide variety of practices are possible, as in RealLife. Cremation and burial are the most common, but such practices as exposing to the dead to vultures and other unusual methods can be done in fiction as in life. Even slicing up the body -- usually regarded as mutilation and proof of evil -- has been done in RealLife as a means to free the soul from the body and has featured so in fiction. Preserving parts (usually bones) of the dead can be the mark of a {{Necromancer}} or of respect, depending on how used; see the SubTrope of DeadGuyOnDisplay.

One funeral practice, however, will put the characters on the evil side, no matter how respectfully they carry it out: HumanSacrifice.

Note that some dead are due more than others. The HeroicSacrifice calls for a well-attended funeral, making TheHero FamedInStory, and perhaps even a monument. Sometimes to mitigate the effect of DyingAlone; WhatYouAreInTheDark may threaten that the hero will die unmourned. Conversely, [[DishonoredDead some are due less than most]]; the CompleteMonster, the DirtyCoward, etc. may be dumped in an unmarked grave with minimal ceremony.

On the other hand, some of the living owe the dead more than others. [[ThickerThanWater Family]] and [[TrueCompanions friends]] have a duty to carry this out, often through a ShrineToTheFallen. Strangers who perform such things for the dead are acting out of generosity; a GoodShepherd may perform such rites. Indeed, some [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]] manifest in order to properly reward a total stranger who arranged for the burial.

Other ways in which this trope might present itself: closing the eyes of someone who DiesWideOpen; sorting through the deceased's belongings (may result in PersonalEffectsReveal); responding with ManlyTears or TenderTears; a MeaningfulFuneral, when most characters show due respect; a LonelyFuneral, when few; LibationForTheDead; DeadGuyJunior; a MoralityChain continuing to bind postmortem; a determination to carry on the deceased character's work; people wearing UsefulNotes/ThePoppy; and NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead.

However, no matter how beloved the dead, ExcessiveMourning may be decried. Ghosts may complain that it is keeping them from peace, or characters may be criticized for neglecting their duties to the living.

Observing this may be necessary to prevent the deceased from being BarredFromTheAfterlife and coming back as a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] or other form of TheUndead -- which may take the form of an IndianBurialGround.

To discuss actual funeral practices, see UsefulNotes/{{Funerals}}. See also InMemoriam.

Of course, this being a DeathTrope, expect massive '''SPOILERS'''.

* Live-Action TV
** ''DueToTheDead/GameOfThrones''



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* In ''Anime/FruitsBasket'', Tohru and her friends visit her mother's grave, and find that her grandfather had also come to pay his respects.
* The manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' shows a crowd of mourners at [[spoiler:Rosette Christopher]]'s grave, and many years later a minor character states that flowers are placed on the grave every year, even though the grave's location wasn't revealed to the public. [[spoiler:It's implied that Chrono is the one leaving flowers on her grave every year, showing that he still cares for her several decades after her death.]]
** The anime also shows [[spoiler:Satella]]'s body laid out for viewing in a church, possibly after her funeral.
** And both versions have Rosette and Joshua find Chrono sleeping in a tomb, that was sealed with holy magic and intricately carved. Flashbacks later reveal that it's the grave of [[spoiler:Mary Magdalene]], and show her in her coffin laying on a bed of flowers before her tomb is sealed.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''
** The fact that Sōsuke is respectful to the dead becomes a ''huge'' plot point in ''The Second Raid''. It's eventually revealed that the reason for Gauron's [[StalkerWithACrush obsession]] and LoveAtFirstSight towards Sōsuke stems from having seen the dignified way [[TheStoic Sôsuke]] serenely dragged and threw the corpses of all his fallen enemies into a makeshift burial. There was no compassion or great emotion found in Sōsuke's eyes while he was doing that, and his reason for doing it was presumably because of his own internal set of morals.
** And as for Gauron himself, he reveals that when he was around the same age as Sōsuke, he was ordered to arrange the bodies of the victims of the Khmer Rouge his Pol Pot colleagues killed. The similarities in that aspect end there, however. Although he was forced to give proper burials to the people his superiors killed, he is shown to be [[AxCrazy sick and perverse]], and is later shown to have wanted Kaname's body to be raped and brutally violated by the assassin he sent after her (along with photos to be taken of it). Of course, his reason for that might be based more on his want for revenge against the girl that is [[DefrostingIceQueen melting the heart]] of his "beautiful" Assassin Saint.
* At the conclusion of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'''s Galaxian Wars arc, [[ThePhoenix Phoenix Ikki]] performs a HeroicSacrifice to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redeem his evil deeds]] and save the Bronze Saints [[TakingYouWithMe from an even bigger threat]]. Although [[NeverFoundTheBody he was buried beneath a mountain]], the four remaining Bronzes erect a grave in his honor at that site.
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', there is a shrine to fallen Otome beneath Garderobe. Since an Otome's body dissolves after death, there are no earthly remains but what appears to be a copy of their GEM is inserted into a crystal pillar to serve as their monument. Miss Maria specifically kneels and apologizes to the deceased when a gaggle of aspiring Otome trespass in the shrine.
* Played straight with [[spoiler:L's funeral]] in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime- at least, until Light is left alone, at which point one of the most disturbing scenes in the series begins.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has [[spoiler: cyborg [[EnsembleDarkhorse Jeremiah Gottwald]]]] actively deciding to respect a dead commander of [[spoiler: the Geass order]] because of the loyalty the man showed, which is the one trait [[spoiler: Jeremiah]] values above all others.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Marineford War ends in the (most notable) deaths of [[spoiler:Whitebeard and Ace]]. When [[spoiler:Shanks]] steps in to put a stop to it, he demands to take the bodies to give them a proper burial. While Vice Admiral Doberman objected (he wanted to put their heads for viewing as a symbol of the Marines' victory) Fleet Admiral Sengoku outranked him. Whether this was out of respect or because he didn't want hostilities to flare up again, Sengoku conceded to the demand without complaint.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** When Zenigata is declared dead, he is always treated to full police honors, as if he made a HeroicSacrifice ForGreatJustice. Lupin and his gang attend at a respectful distance. (If seen, the police would have to arrest them.)
** Lupin himself is declared dead on occasion. Pops is either GenreSavvy or obsessed enough not to believe it. He will assault the corpse to prove it isn't really Lupin. (If he ''can't'' prove it, he's usually sad for a while afterwards.) The rest of the gang mourns him in their respective ways. The service is very small, no family in attendance.
* Cruelly subverted in the anime adaptation of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''; after the disastrous 57th expedition of the Survey Corps, they ''attempt'' to recover the bodies to be brought back to their families and proper burial within the walls, but when a few troops go against orders and try to get a body that was deemed unrecoverable due to proximity to Titans, and end up drawing them back to the convoy, Levi orders all of the bodies ([[spoiler:including those of his entirely wiped out squad]]) to be dumped so the cart carrying them can escape. And none of the soldiers, including Levi, are happy with it.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': When Vegeta dies tearfully begging Goku to avenge their race on Namek, Goku, out of [[SympathyForTheDevil sympathy]], takes the time to give Vegeta a proper burial before fighting Frieza.
* In ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'', whereas the government simply dumps bodies in places where they're out of sight, Takeru tries to bury what bodies he can, from those of civilians to those of their enemies. Respect for the dead, overall, seems to be a theme in the series—Shirayuki believes that you should NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead, compared to [[BigBad Kuroyuki]] who's happy to disrespect the fallen.
* Used as an EstablishingCharacterMoment in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. When Kaneki is sent to help Yomo harvest bodies for the cafe, he's understandably intimidated by the silent Ghoul. But when they arrive on site and discover the body of a recent suicide, Yomo pauses to pray over the victim prior to getting to work. Afterwards, it becomes clear that Yomo is actually an incredibly kind person.
* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', a flashback shows that one of the most important talks between Roy and Riza took place at the end of the Ishvalan war... when she was done giving an Ishbalan murdered child, whose body she found by a nearby road, something similar to a dignified burial.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'':
** Right before Takiko is spirited away to the world of the book, her mother Yoshie had just passed away and the preparations for her Buddhist funeral were about to begin. [[spoiler: Some time later, she looks into Hikitsu' MagicEye and is temporarily sent back to Japan, but she ends up returning to the book right before the funeral properly takes place.]]
** In the book itself, [[spoiler: Soruen]] is given a very heartfelt funeral after he dies [[spoiler: in an HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** More than one funeral takes place in story, including those of [[spoiler: the Third Hokage (who died fighting Orochimaru)]] and [[spoiler: his son Asuma (died fighting Hidan)]]
** One of Kakashi's "quirks" is him always being late because he likes spending time checking on the symbolic grave of his best friend Obito. [[spoiler: It's a huge plot point: Obito turns out to be NotQuiteDead, and he learns about Naruto's upcoming birth when he hears Kakashi talking to his grave about it.]]

* In some variants of the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''Literature/TheFamousFlowerOfServingMen'', the heroine must dig her husband and child's grave. When the magical ending is used, a milk-white hind leads the king to the grave, where a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent bird]] laments how his love had become a serving man, and explains to the king how they had been murdered by the heroine's mother.
-->''They left me nought to dig his grave but the bloody sword that slew my babe\\
All alone the grave I made, and all alone the tears I shed\\
And all alone the bell I rang, and all alone the psalm I sang''
* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''The Unquiet Grave'', the true love is mourned for AYearAndADay -- though after that time, the dead have a new demand:
-->''[[AYearAndADay The twelvemonth and a day]] being up,\\
The dead began to speak:\\
"Oh who sits weeping on my grave,\\
And will not let me sleep?"''

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' gives us cards like Remember the Fallen, which grant the player either recursion or a bonus for each card in the graveyard. On the evil side, Phyrexian cards on these mechanics tend to be flavored as cannibalism or the like.
* The Gravekeepers in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''; they protect tombs.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} and Comicbook/TeenTitans have a hall of statues commemorating their dead.
* In ''ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy'', EvilOverlord Darth Krayt keeps the lightsaber of Jedi Master Kol Skywalker inside a case of transparisteel to pay respect to what he considers a WorthyOpponent.
* In ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', Sue Dibny's funeral was heavily attended, and Captain Cold, who's known for his professionalism despite being a villain, sent flowers.
* Heroes, like Franchise/GreenLantern and Franchise/TheFlash, tend to have well attended funerals and monuments. And then they come BackFromTheDead...
* When the ComicBook/MartianManhunter died, the heroes of Earth built a pyramid for him in duplication of Martian burial traditions.
* Done very well in ''ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' (original Mirage continuity) Volume 4 with the death of [[spoiler: Splinter from old age]]. His funeral is very simple and his body is laid in a casket, drifted onto a lake and set alight.
* Played with in one ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} story, in which a trio of generic bad guys hunt him down [[TheyHaveTheScent with dogs]]. First he runs then, when an InnocentBystander is killed in the crossfire, he slaughters them. He then takes a while to dig graves before he moves on... and is shown placing the two dogs' collars and the bystander's hat on the three graves, and leaving the dead men for the scavengers. (Interesting side note, this particular story wasn't written by a Marvel writer, but rather by a fan who entered it in "Write an Issue of Wolverine" contest the company held.)
* In ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'', Booster's motive for pulling up his socks was to pay tribute to ComicBook/BlueBeetle. Later, in a scene where he returned to Blue Beetle's funeral, Booster got up to eulogize him, and was unable to speak. TearsOfRemorse ensued: what sort of friend would be unable to pay his Due To The Dead?
* In the ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' story "Broken Ritual" (plot by Creator/SergioAragones), a village is haunted by the ghost of a general whose ''{{Seppuku}}'' attempt is interrupted by a squad of enemy soldiers. The ghost is exorcised when Usagi waits for its next appearance and helps complete the ritual.
* A disturbing example happens in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' in which Kevin, the cannibal serial killer keeps his victims' heads mounted on the wall in his basement. At first, this could be seen as trophies but since his surrogate father mentioned he was filled with guilt, it may have different connotations.
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has shown that even villains do give people proper. One example has several villains mourning the death of Stilt-Man. Even a few heroes showed up (even Franchise/SpiderMan, who made fun of the guy while alive). There was also another example with ComicBook/TheHood, were he gives a eulogy for a fallen member of his gang, with the other members in attendance.
* In ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfCaptainMarvel'' graphic novel, not only did the whole super-hero community come to mourn Captain Mar-Vell, even the Skrulls, his [[ArchEnemy Arch Enemies]], sent dignitaries to pay their respects.
* The Destine family of ''Comicbook/ClanDestine'' have a private graveyard for the bodies of Adam Destine's parents and children. One issue starts with Adam and the twins visiting the grave of Florence, who was really Rory and Pandora's sister but posed as their grandmother (it's complicated). Special mention goes to the family Black Sheep, Vincent, who despite evil deeds of an unknown nature was still laid to rest in the family cemetery in the proper way (complete with an extremely weird statue as part of the grave marker, courtesy of his younger sister Samantha).
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor staged a Viking funeral for Eilif the Lost, who had given his life fighting the dragon Fafnir, in issue #343. Thor and Baldar also drank a toast to Skurge the Executioner after [[Awesome/TheMightyThor he sacrificed himself at Gjallerbru]], fulfilling his last request that they "laugh Skurge's last laugh together."
** When Bill, a normal human fry cook from Oklahoma, sacrificed himself to save Baldar from being killed in an ambush, Baldar and the other gods give him a proper Viking funeral in honor of his heroism.
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' has the "New Hong Kong Wake" for honoring a murder victim [[spoiler: by drugging the murderer into confessing and leaving them to die of an overdose]]. Louisa Dem Five conducts one in the Gallimaufrey arc.
* ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' #7: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s public funeral in Chicago, where she was eulogized by long-time and close personal friend Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, was attended by literally thousands of people, many among whom were heroes and super-beings of greater stature or presence than herself (such as Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel); her actual final rites were conducted by her cousin Franchise/{{Superman}} alone and in private outside his Fortress of Solitude, where he wrapped her in her cape and flew her off into space, heading towards New Krypton/Rokyn to leave her body with her natural parents, Zor-El and Alura (as seen in ''Superman Volume 1 #414).
* ''Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy'' #5: Comicbook/{{Daken}} assaults an auction in Madripoor and slaughters everyone there [[spoiler: except Viper, Mystique, and a former lover]] in order to retrieve the remains of Wolverine that are being sold there so he can give his father a proper burial. Later, when attempting to recover Logan's remains during ''Wolverines'', Daken warns Sabretooth not to mock him over his insistence of treating them with respect. Comicbook/{{X 23}} also honors Logan after his death. First by dyeing her forelocks blue and gold, his most iconic colors, as a tribute. Later [[LegacyCharacter she takes up the Wolverine name herself]], with this as part of the reason.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/TheFlash'' when the Reverse-Flash died. The Rogues stole his body from the morgue and took it to the city limits to set it on fire. It than turns out that rather than a respectful funeral, they actually went there to mock and desecrate the Reverse-Flash's body; they were all [[EvenEvilHasStandards absolutely disgusted by him]] and proceeded to throw things at his body and shout slurs at it while it burned.
* ComicBook/KravensLastHunt begins with Spider-Man visiting the wake for Joe Face, a snitch he had sometimes had pumped for information, leaving some money to help pay for the funeral. This starts him on reflecting his own mortality. Later Kraven, after shooting Spider-Man, has him buried in style, complete with a very fancy headstone. And he also had all his own funeral arrangements prepared at the end.
* In ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfClarkKent'', Superman wraps Conduit's body in his cape and takes him back to his father.
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' finale ''The Wake'' revolves around Morpheus' funeral. In an earlier story, Destruction visited the necropolis where the sacraments used to acknowledge the passing of an incarnation of an Endless are preserved. He tells one of the necropolis' residents a story of a previous necropolis which once stood in the same place that had lost its respect for the dead and treated their duties as a job and nothing more. Their disrespect towards the Endless when they tried to collect sacraments for the first Despair's funeral provoked the Endless into destroying their city, and the new necropolis was eventually built over the site. The new necropolis' funeral workers are considerably more respectful to the point of [[InsistentTerminology always referring to the dead as "clients" and not just "bodies".]] When the Endless visit this necropolis to receive the sacraments for Morpheus' funeral, the sacraments are collected with no fuss at all.
* In ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', Oliver Queen's funeral is respectfully attended by members of both the Insurgency and Superman's Regime.
** Two years later, while rescuing Insurgency and Regime members from a burning, reality-collapsing battlefield, the Flash (a Regime member) makes an effort to retrieve the body of Huntress (an Insurgent), who was killed earlier in the fighting.
** Later, Superman forms a temporary truce with Bruce Wayne, his enemy, and allows him to collect the body of Renee Montoya after she dies of a heart attack while fighting Superman.
* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' by the artificial humans, who specifically demand no burial or rite of any kind at the death of one of their own. Instead all efforts are focused toward completing their shared mission (which is a kind of ritual in itself).

[[folder: Fairy Tales ]]
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/cinderella/stories/birch.html The Wonderful Birch]]", after a WickedWitch had [[BalefulPolymorph turned the mother into a sheep]], [[GrandTheftMe taken on her shape]], and gotten the father to agree to kill the sheep, the daughter tells the mother that, and the mother tells her not to eat any part of her, but to bury her bones. A birch tree grows from her grave and helps the daughter.
* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/47junipertree.html The Juniper Tree]]" and Creator/JosephJacobs's "Literature/TheRoseTree", when the stepmother kills the stepchild, the little half-sibling refused to eat the dish she makes of it, and buries the bones.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/firebird/stories/birdgrip.html The Bird Grip]]", the hero arranges for a man's burial and acquires a fox companion -- who reveals, in due course, that he is a ghost.
** More fairy tales of this type are found [[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0505.html here]].
* In "Literature/TheKingWhoWouldBeStrongerThanFate", the old woman buries the slave girl's body.
* In "Literature/FairBrow", Fair Brow pays off a dead man's debts.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', the British Prime Minister rather stiffly insists to Sharon Carter a.k.a. Agent 13 that he be given the personal details of the two [=MI13=] Agents who likely died a horrible death and suffered an unspeakable fate post-mortem in order to give him the chance to escape, doing so in full knowledge of what would happen to them, so that he can ensure that they are suitably honoured. Specifically, with the Victoria Cross (the direct equivalent of the Medal of Honour, and even more rarely awarded). This is made all the more remarkable by the fact that they are still technically running for their lives at this point.
** In chapter 72, Dumbledore holds a vigil over [[spoiler: Luna Lovegood's corpse]].
* In ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', during the heroines' expedition to the moon the present-day Sailor Mars builds a gigantic funeral pyre for the dead of the Moon Kingdom.
* In ''[[Fanfic/MyLittlePonyVs My Little Pony vs ..........]]'', Rarity, following a forced UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny to the death against [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Toph Bei Fong]], makes sure to give her a proper burial before heading to the next arena.
* The ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'' prequel ''Reprise'' shows Gamzee, locked in a torture chamber and sure he's going to die, doing the last rites due to all trolls sacrificed to the Mirthful Messiahs for all the previous victims of the cell. Admittedly partly out of spite for his captors, but still.
* Because the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'' is [[DeathFic all about the repercussions of a contestant's death]], it naturally has several examples:
** The [[EmptyChairMemorial black-draped seat]] at the bonfire site.
** Two of the surviving contestants [[EmptyChairMemorial keep a space between them]] during the finale.
** The contestant’s death is partly blamed on the [[NoOshaCompliance unsafe conditions]] at the camp, which leads to the enactment of a new law named after her. This new law improves safety for reality show contestants.
* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night]]'': When Abin Sur dies and his ring selects [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Shining Armor]] as his replacement Franchise/GreenLantern, Shining -- despite not fully understanding what's happening -- still takes the time to bury Abin, saying it's the least he can do.
* ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'' give their dead Christian burials, but leave the bodies of their enemies to rot.
* This in one of Naruto's basic ideals in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8506540/9/Cry-of-the-Raiju Cry of the Raiju]]
--> "I don't care if you are a god or a tailed beast, or even the first Hokage himself...you will not talk bad about my father and think that your word will not go unpunished. I will make your life a living hell if you want to boast and degrade the works of the dead and the sacrifices that they had to make in order to keep their world safe just a little more."
** And also of the Sage of Six Paths
-->'You may be the successor to your progenitor Kurama, but that does not mean that I will not punish you if you do not remember and pray for the lives that your progenitor has taken from these lands.'
* ''FanFic/LifeAfterHayate'' includes Hayate Yagami's private funeral in the story, and briefly describes her service memorial as well. It notes that while uniform was mandatory for the service memorial, Chrono Harlaown chose to come to the private ceremony in uniform as well as a show of respect.
* In "Fanfic/TheOnlyWayToGo", Sobaru Lanstar's funeral is a mix of Bajoran funerary rites and a United States military funeral RecycledInSpace. The ceremony is officiated by a Bajoran priest with prayers to the Prophets, but also features a flag-draped coffin and a three-volley salute.
* Perhaps it's because of Twilight's memories and Spark's influence, but, in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/17890/fallout-equestria-starlight Fallout Equestria: Starlight]], after Radiant Star sees Pinkie's skeleton she feels obliged to give her a funeral.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Article 2}}'', John and Shane are astronaut marines. John bets Shane 50 dollars that they will discover intelligent life. Their ship crash lands on Equestria and Shane is the only survivor. As soon as he is able, Shane visits John's body in the morgue and gives him his money.
* ''FanFic/FireEmblemAwakeningInvisibleTies'':
** In chapter 4, when the Shepherds come across victims of a Risen massacre, Chrom insists that they give them a funeral pyre.
** In chapter 21, it's revealed that Chrom went so far as to give Gangrel a proper burial after beheading him, in order to honor Emmeryn's legacy. Robin admits to Lucina that after everything Gangrel did, none of the other Shepherds would have done the same; he himself would have gladly mounted Gangrel's head on a pike and paraded it through Ylisstol.
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8228515/1 Go Though His Pockets and Look For Loose Change]]'', Sakura hits and berates Naruto for trying to [[RobbingTheDead rob Zabuza (who was apparently dead)]], as she sees it as disrespecting the dead. As he wasn't vandalizing a graveyard or disrupting his funeral, Naruto doesn't get her point (and later [[spoiler: takes Zabuza's sword after he actually dies]]).
* In the Franchise/HarryPotter fanfic, ''FanFic/DominusMundiTheKingOfKings'', a decade after their deaths, [[spoiler: James and Lily's (Maria Theresa) remains are exhumed and brought to Portugal]], where they remain for several days lying in repose, while four Requiem masses in different countries are held for them, the last one being set in Portugal, which is attended by a few professors of Hogwarts and a few other wizards (despite the place being packed with muggles).
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', sometime after marrying [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Dean]], Laurel updated her will to saying she was to get a [[VikingFuneral Hunter's Funeral]]. This was because she wanted to ensure she would not [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]], found the idea of rotting in a coffin horrifying, and was worried about the effects embalming fluid would have on the environment. Her parents, unfortunately had other ideas (see below).
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', it's said early on that the active six Pokémon limit was established due to a criminal only known as [[BadassArmy Twenty]] [[TheDreaded Gyarados]] [[TomTheDarkLord Bill]] that terrorized the coast of Johto forty years ago. A sidestory further expands on this, revealing that the one [[HeroicSacrifice who brought him down at the cost of his own life]] was an Elite Four trainer named Denki Tekina, who only used six Pokémon during his entire career, thus establishing the number from then on.
* [[SoleSurvivor Yiereth]] in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfic ''The Form of Survival'' does her best to give every dead Jedi she comes across a proper burial. When making a funeral pyre is not possible she goes for the closest option, which often results in blowing up their bodies.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', before the remaining [[PunkPunk Stitchpunks]] go after [[spoiler:The Seamstress, to get 7 and 8]], they give [[spoiler:2]] a water burial, sending him off on a raft. Then, at the end of the film [[spoiler:the survivors, 9, 7, and 3 + 4 build and light a funeral pyre for the deceased Stitchpunks]].
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Tiana wants to honor her father's memory by opening a restaurant--her father himself had been dreaming to have his own restaurant. [[spoiler:At the end, Tiana and Naveen attend Ray's funeral.]]
* In the original, uncut version of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', this trope is discussed only by Commissioner Barbara Gordon at the end of the flashback [[spoiler:where Robin (Tim Drake) shoots ComicBook/TheJoker dead with a [[BangFlagGun BANG Flag Spear Gun]]]]:
-->'''Commissioner Barbara Gordon:''' [[spoiler:We buried the Joker deep beneath Arkham. The only other person who knew what happened that night was my father, the first Commissioner Gordon. He promised to keep that night a secret.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' [[spoiler:Stoic the Vast]]'s body is cremated on a pyre boat set alight by arrows fired first by [[spoiler:his son, and then his wife, Gobber, and others]]. Later at Berk [[spoiler:a stone statue of his likeness is being carved]].

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* This is the central dilemma for Private Mitsushima in Japanese film ''Film/TheBurmeseHarp''. While struggling to make his way to the POW camp where the rest of his unit is interned, Mitsushima keeps running across piles of corpses of Japanese soldiers. This so affects him that he elects to stay behind in Burma and bury Japanese dead rather than go home with his comrades.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' films show us that Jedi respectfully burn the bodies of their dead. ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has Qui-Gon's funeral, and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' has Luke burn the body of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. Padme's funeral procession is shown at the end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', with several Naboo and Gungan dignitaries, including Boss Nass, attending. In contrast, Vader is fond of strangling people, dumping them on the floor, and storming off in a rage.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' opens with a traveling salesmen arguing with the town undertaker over the burial of a Native American who died in the street: the salesman is willing to pay for the burial, but no one is willing to drive the hearse up to Boot Hill because a "certain element" in the town objects to having a non-white buried there and is threatening violence. The matter is resolved when Chris and Vin, the first two of the eponymous seven, volunteer to drive the hearse and engage in a brief gunfight with a group of racists who try to stop them from entering the cemetery. The villagers then approach them to ask for help, for men who do that are men who will help them.
* The plot of ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII'' starts when Miyagi gets a letter from Okinawa telling him his father is dying. When he and Daniel get there, Miyagi is confronted by his lifelong rival, Sato, who years ago had assumed Miyagi fled like a coward to avoid facing him, and still holds a grudge.[[note]]The truth, as Sato eventually figured out, was that Miyagi didn't wish to commit to something one or the other would likely regret later; their grudge wasn't worth a DuelToTheDeath.[[/note]] However, this confrontation is interrupted by the issue at hand. Miyagi manages to speak to his father briefly together with Sato just before the elder Miyagi finally dies. Sato had regarded the elder Miyagi as a mentor himself, so he sternly tells Miyagi he has three days to mourn before he comes to settle their grudge (Unfortunately, Sato's nephew Chozen has quickly taken a dislike to Daniel, and gives him a lot of trouble in the meantime).
* At one point in ''Film/{{U 571}}'', the [[HollywoodHistory US Marines who've boarded a U-Boat to recover the Enigma decoder]] are attempting to convince a German warship that they've been sunk, firing the body of one of their fallen comrades out of a torpedo tube along with whatever junk they can get hold of. The private assigned this task regards it as extremely DirtyBusiness, and takes the time to recite the prayer used for burial at sea before doing so.
* In ''Film/TakingChance'', American military members who die while serving overseas are kept under a military escort for their entire trip back to their home town. The movie follows a Marine officer who volunteers to escort PFC Chance Phelps for the last few legs of the trip between Dover AFB and Chance's home town.
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': [[spoiler:Frey covers Delacourt's body with a sheet after she dies]].
* In the 1943 FilmSerial ''Secret Service in Darkest Africa'' a German naval vessel is given permission to bury their dead on neutral soil. Instead they dump the bodies overboard and fill the coffins with explosives which their agent can pick up later. Sailors are buried at sea of course, but it's clearly meant to show the callousness of the evil Nazis even to their own.
* In ''Film/DemonKnight'', Brayker DiesWideOpen. Jeryline respectfully closes them [[spoiler:before taking his blood to refill the Key as its new Guardian]]. The Collector opens them up again when he finds Brayker's corpse, as if any more proof of his evil was needed.
* In ''Film/IFrankenstein'', one of the first clues that [[FrankensteinsMonster Adam]] is more than a soulless monster is that even though he hates Victor Frankenstein for creating him, he still carries his body back to the family cemetery and digs him a grave.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' Jack's first scene has him passing by a few [[MakeAnExampleOfThem pirate skeletons hung outside the harbor]], with a sign reading "Pirates: ye be warned" next to them. His response is to remove his hat and cover his heart, presumably out of respect for the dead. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment This serves to establish that while Jack may be a rogue, he's not a purely evil man.]]
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss does this with [[spoiler:Rue]], inspiring a riot in her district 11. The male District 11 tribute saves and spares Katniss in deference to this as well, and also savagely kills one of the Careers who gloated about it while attempting to kill Katniss moments before.
* ''Film/FemaleAgents'': The last scene is Louise lighting candles in a church for the fallen, as she had promised earlier.
* The main plot of ''Film/SonOfSaul'' involves Saul, a prisoner at Auschwitz, trying to get a proper Jewish funeral for his (maybe) son rather than having the boy burned up in the ovens.

* Book 8 of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, ''The Jungle of Horrors'', has a few examples.
** If you take the Barge to Tharro at the beginning of the book you get to witness both sides of this trope. The {{Necromancer}} that you fight and kill on the barge has his corpse weighted with rocks and tossed overboard like so much garbage. OTOH, the friendly NPC that was killed by that necromancer is laid to rest in a casket and given a respectful burial in the river.
** If you take the Great North Road, you might end up at an abbey. The monks of said abbey [[spoiler:are actually undead Vordaks that murdered the real monks and took their place]]. After [[spoiler:dealing with the Vordaks]] Lone Wolf discovers [[spoiler:the bodies of the real monks]] and takes the time to bury them.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', when the heroes find the naked corpse of a man, one of the leaders covers the body with her cloak, and it is arranged for the body to be transported back to the man's home, so that he can be buried with [[ExoticExtendedMarriage his wives]], who were killed in the same attack where he was captured.
* In ''Literature/DragonQueen'', Trava buries her father and then says some words over him.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' the heroes burn the bandits they encounter without much ado. When Ward finds the dead bodies of the population of a whole village, apparently used for an evil blood sacrifice, he burns them too, but also speaks a prayer. [[spoiler: Which is shown to actually have a spiritual effect in-universe - the funeral pyre burns much faster than would be normal]]
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', having no other options, they put [[spoiler:Boromir]]'s body in a boat and send it down a waterfall, as the river would keep the orcs from it.
** In the Appendices, Tolkien recounts the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, which broke out after orcs killed Thrór, heir of Durin and desecrated his body. After the final battle of that war, the dwarves had to cremate their dead, being too numerous to bury them in the traditional stone tombs, and earth burials being unacceptable. As a consequence, to say of one's father that "He was a burned dwarf" came to be a boast that he had fought and died in this battle.
** It's made very clear that in the eyes of Men, Orcs do ''not'' merit Due To The Dead: at one point the characters encounter a battlefield where the victorious Rohirrim have piled the vanquished Orcs' bodies up and burned them, leaving an Orc's severed head on a spike. (It's interesting to compare this to Tolkien's depiction of the siege at Minas Tirith, where the bombarding of the fortress with severed ''human'' heads is portrayed in very emotive terms as a particularly horrifying and barbaric act.)
*** And Orcs don't practise Due To The Dead either; as well as the example cited above, one reason why Saruman fails to beguile Théoden in the chapter "The Voice of Saruman" is that the King is irate about the mistreatment of doorwarden Hama's corpse in the Helm's Deep battle.
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' heroes like Tùrin Turambar are given great burial mounds. In "The Akallabêth" Númenórëans start to build great tombs for their dead after their decline and fall to pride.
*** Their descendants in the kingdom of Cardolan (next to the Shire) reverted back to mounds: hence the Barrowdowns, and the Barrowwights.
* In the Literature/{{Deryni}} works:
** The House of Haldane has a royal crypt below Saint George's Cathedral in Rhemuth. Various characters are seen paying their respects and leaving floral tributes. Kelson has [=Sidana=] buried there, despite [[spoiler: the extreme brevity of their marriage]].
** The House of Furstán has the Field of Kings, "a vast walled necropolis" located near Toernthály. It includes the Nikolaseum, which is dedicated to Prince Nikola, who saved his elder brother Arkady's life in the Battle of Killingford in the eleventh century. Nikola's effigy is slightly larger than life-sized and is accompanied by a statue of Arkady grieving beside it. Also in the area is the Hagia Iób, a memorial church that contains the tomb of Furstán himself; Torenthi kings are invested at his sepulchre, which thrums with power.
** Sir Sé Trelawney visits Marie de Corwyn's grave annually, leaving a floral wreath behind. They were engaged to be married [[spoiler: when she was poisoned]].
** Morgan and his sister Bronwyn both visit the tomb of their mother Lady Alyce de Corwyn Morgan in Culdi. The tomb features a beautiful carved effigy of Alyce.
** The twelfth-century Servants of Saint Camber use a series of caves for their tombs, and they retain burial customs from an earlier age. They place netlike shrouds over their dead with tiny stones or ''shiral'' crystals tied to the intersections, and the graves also contain offerings of food and drink.
* In Creator/BenCounter's ''Literature/GreyKnights'', Alaric gets permission to go where [[spoiler: Ligeia]] died in order to say a prayer commending her soul to the Emperor.
** Earlier, his RousingSpeech said, "we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here."
* In Nick Kyme's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'', Tsu'gan fights fiercely to protect his dead captain's body; the next chapter features all his company attending his funeral.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', [[spoiler:Cedric]]'s ghost asks Harry to retrieve his corpse, and Harry does so.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', many students want to attend [[spoiler:Dumbledore]]'s funeral.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry [[spoiler: sees fallen [[NeverFoundTheBody Moody]]'s [[FinallyFoundTheBody magical eye]] on Umbridge's office door and is so enraged that he steals it back, which ends up helping blow their cover]]. He later buries it under ''"the oldest, most gnarled and resilient-looking tree he could find"'', marking the spot with a cross on the trunk.
** Later in the same book, he insists on [[spoiler:digging Dobby's grave by hand, rather than using magic]]. [[spoiler: He and his friends also remove pieces of their own clothing to give to Dobby's corpse: Harry himself gives Dobby his jacket, Dean gives Dobby his hat, and arguably the biggest clothes sacrifice of the three, Ron takes off his own shoes and socks, and gives them to Dobby]].
** This is something even [[BigBad Voldemort]] respects, allowing the school, besieged by his forces, time to mourn their dead.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': In ''Defender of the Crown'', Reynard shows a defeated Calvarian army a measure of respect by laying their dead to rest according to their custom: The dead are laid out respectfully in concentric circles with their weapons planted in the dirt near their heads. Ironically, his own army sees this as a sign of deliberate disrespect, as the convention in the South is to burn the dead. Leaving corpses out in the open is something they only do to criminals. It's implied that Reynard knew the effect this would have, and is having his cake and eating it too.
** Later, he requests that Isengrim be treated in a similar fashion (in the same location no less), but one of his [[PraetorianGuard Graycloaks]] objects, because "a blood-guard should be laid to rest with his own sword", and Reynard was going to lay him to rest with the blade that ''killed him''. Reynard refuses to comply, stating: "He was no blood-guard." It's implied that he meant this as a compliment.
* In the medieval ChivalricRomance ''Sir Amadas'', Sir Amadas pays a dead man's debts so that he can be buried. A White Knight appears to help him. After Sir Amadas has married a princess, the knight reveals that he is the ghost of the dead man, come to aid him as a reward for his deed.
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''Caves of Ice'', Cain has to tell the troopers they cannot return with the body of a fallen soldier but must destroy it. Even Cain seems {{di|rtyBusiness}}sturbed by the necessity; recording it, decades later, causes him to reflect sadly on the number of dead he knew, and whom no one else would remember as soon as he died.
** In ''Death and Glory'', Felicia Tayber carefully lays a vox communicator to rest -- out of respect to its machine spirit.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's Literature/BloodAngels novels, ''Deus Encarmine'' begins on, and ''Deus Sanguinius'' ends on, shrine worlds that the Blood Angels have dedicated to the graves of their dead. In between, Rafen goes to personally pay his respects to the dead [[spoiler:Koris]]; the chaplain permits it, because while he carries out the proper rites, he is aware that many wish to do such for their friends. [[spoiler:Rafen, TalkingToTheDead, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane has Koris's communicator fall to his hand]]. He uses it, though aware that using a dead man's equipment is forbidden except under the gravest of circumstances; when he confesses to this, his superiors are grave, even though they concede that it was the gravest of circumstances and they must put the question aside until those circumstances are dealt with.]] Later, he goes to the ship to personally write [[spoiler:Koris]]'s name in the Book of the Fallen, which is usually done by the Sanguinary Priests, but is sometimes done by {{f|ireForgedFriends}}riends -- and it's done in their own blood.
** In ''Red Fury'', a Blood Angel whose forbidden experiments had unleashed mutants was executed, and at the suggestion that his geneseed be removed, Rafen orders him merely cremated, as part of his sentence; later, Rafen and his squad are awe-struck to be in the presence of Sanguinius's tomb and are willing to fight to the death to protect it from mutants, and afterward, one of them is [[DirtyBusiness troubled]] that their Chapter Master opened the doors to let the mutants in, though it was necessary; and votive rolls hang in the Blood Angels chapel for all who died in the defense of the tomb, regardless of chapter, and though no one but Blood Angels had received that honor in living memory, it is nonetheless regarded as fitting, because they all died in defense of their common primarch's tomb.
** In ''Black Tide'', Rafen and his companions must leave a body, having not a grenade to burn it. Rafen assured him, dying, that he would tell his brothers that he lived to see the death of his foe.
** In "The Returned", Tarikus, who had wondered why he was forgotten, sees he was properly commemorated with rites for the dead -- which is a problem, since his Chapter holds that ghosts do not walk their citadel. [[spoiler:Once declared free of taint, his first act is to break the memorial and use the knife there to cross out his name.]]
* Creator/AndreNorton:
** In ''Literature/WitchWorld'', when Simon Tregarth is told that Koris went to bury the two men who died in the shipwreck, he feels ashamed of himself for not realizing that [[AFatherToHisMen Koris]] would do that.
** In ''The Year of the Unicorn'', the Were-Riders laid out Herrel and Gillian's bodies with all honor -- except their spirits made it back and revived themselves. Herrel is unmoved; they never respected him like that when he was alive.
** In '''Ware Hawk'', the heroine nearly stops to bury the dead before going on because they had found one survivor who had to take precedence.
** In ''Literature/IceCrown'', the heroine sees the queen and her attendants in full mourning. Her ability to describe this clinches the accuracy of the vision in question.
** In ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', Jern and Eet's final destination proves to be a tomb. They talk of grave goods, and burial practices; Jern finds it hard to believe that the multiple species here had a common one, because there is so much in-species variation.
* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's "[[http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-poem-the-phoenix-and-the-turtle.htm The Phoenix and the Turtle]]", many birds are called to the MeaningfulFuneral, to show this.
-->''To this urn let those repair\\
That are either true or fair;\\
For these dead birds sigh a prayer.''
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/NightWatch'', we learn why some bodies in the cemetery are being treated with extra respect. And why they wear lilac. [[spoiler:It was a badge used to distinguish FriendOrFoe, originally.]]
** The Discworld's Silver Horde have a word for those who rob the graves of fallen warriors. That word is "Die!"
** A nonhuman version occurs in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' when Gavin, a wolf, went up against [[spoiler: Angua's brother Ludwig, and died. Gaspode finds his corpse, and has a natural instinct overtake his magic TalkingAnimal behaviour]] and howls. The howl carries for miles, and all know.
-->"Shouldn't be like this. If you was a human, they'd put you in a big boat out on the tide and set fire to it, an' everyone'd see. Shouldn't just be you an' me down here in the cold."
** In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', we learn that dwarfs have to be buried with a very good quality weapon, to face ... whatever (dwarfs don't have much in the way of superstition, but there's no point taking chances). One dwarfish ghost insists that if it doesn't happen, he will wander the night in torment, despite Death trying to convince him he doesn't ''have'' to (Carrot makes sure he gets it).
* In ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny and the Dead]]'', the novel revolves about the plan to dig up a cemetery to replace it with a high-rise.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novels, Uriel goes to pay his respects before [[DeadGuyOnDisplay his primarch, Roboute Guilliman in stasis]].
** In ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', Uriel and Pasanius must restrain [[spoiler:Leonid]] when he tries to prevent [[spoiler:Ellard]]'s body being eaten by the Unfleshed; they remind him that he [[IGaveMyWord swore to join their oath]] and that the dead man is before the Emperor and does not care about his body. Later, Uriel promises the dying [[spoiler:Colonel Leonid]] that if he escapes, he will light a candle to help his soul wing its way to the Emperor. On the other hand, Uriel watches in complete indifference to [[spoiler:the Unfleshed tearing apart the Iron Warriors and eating them]]; then, given the experiments that they had performed (and on [[spoiler:the Unfleshed]]), he thought they deserved their fate.
** In the short story ''Consequences'' Uriel spends five days inscribing the names of his fallen men into the stone pillars of the Temple of Correction. Afterwards, when he is arrested for breaking the [[BigBookofWar Codex Astartes]] he thanks the Captain coming for him that he was allowed to finish writing the names. The Captain (who doesn't like Uriel) replies that it was not to do him a favour, but out of respect for the dead.
** And in ''The Chapter's Due'', after the renegade Vaanes [[spoiler: died helping Uriel in a hopeless battle, Captain Shaan of the Raven Guard orders the apothecary to take Vaanes' gene seed, effectively acknowledging him as part of the Chapter for one last time, thus proving that Vaanes was not as alone as he thought]].
* In Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Phaedo'', when Crito asks Socrates how they should bury him, Socrates jests that they will have to catch him to do that, and then explains that they can't bury him, but only his corpse.
-->''Be of good cheer, then, my dear Crito, and say that you are burying my body only, and do with that whatever is usual, and what you think best.''
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Literature/LittleFuzzy'', a human kills one of the Fuzzies and claims she was just an animal and attacked him. Then the other Fuzzies gather up her body, dig a grave, and gently bury her. A policeman who arrived in time to see the burial -- and took off his beret in respect until it was over -- takes this as evidence that the human should be arrested for murder.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Barrayaran culture calls for burning offerings to the dead. They get mentioned a few times:
*** When Cordelia, in ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', persuades a scientist, who considers himself above such superstition but feels haunted by the death of a colleague murdered in his laboratory, to gain mental peace by making an offering to the colleague anyway, and moves the surviving scientist to a new lab;
*** In "Literature/TheMountainsOfMourning", after Miles had an infant disinterred to confirm that she'd been murdered, he realizes he doesn't have anything with him to burn. He thinks: ''Peace to you, small lady, after our rude invasions. I will give you a better sacrifice, I swear by my word as Vorkosigan. And the smoke of that burning will rise and be seen from one end of these mountains to the other.'' [[spoiler:This tradition plays a part in the eventual punishment of the culprit.]]
*** When Miles burns an offering to his grandfather (with a bit of RageAgainstTheHeavens, as he's including his proof that he graduated the military academy, and yells "Are you happy now?");
*** An attempt to burn an offering to the same infant in ''Literature/{{Memory}}'' helps spark Miles's recovery from his life going off-kilter;
*** We hear in ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'' that prior to that book, Miles went with Duv Galeni to burn an offering at the site of the Solstice Massacre--where Duv's aunt died, and for which Miles's father was (mostly unjustly) blamed.
*** In ''Literature/GentlemanJoleAndTheRedQueen'' it was mentioned that at Aral Vorkosigan's funeral his widow Cordelia cut off all her waist-length hair "nearly to the root" to burn as an offering. No protests were made and no questions asked.
** In ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Miles Vorkosigan insists on burying [[spoiler:Sergeant Bothari]]'s body in a grave he dug himself. He explains to his mother that [[spoiler:Bothari]] told him that "blood washes away sin," and he feels responsible for the death, so he literally works until his hands bleed. Cordelia's relative silence is interesting, given that [[spoiler:''she'' was the one who told Bothari that, in a very different context--to help him recover after he'd saved her life by killing his sadistic commander.]] This exchange also opened with Cordelia telling Miles that he could dig the hole in a few seconds with a plasma arc, something that Aral had told her when they dug the grave for her dead crewman, on the day they met.
** ''Literature/{{Cetaganda}}'' takes place during the funeral rites of the Empress Dowager of Cetaganda. Miles and Ivan were sent to pay proper respects.
** In ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', after some advice from Cordelia, Ekaterin gets Miles to agree to a small wedding: since she's a widow, they would have to wait for a large one.
** In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Lady Alys burns an offering for her late husband every year on the anniversary of his death, on the spot where he died. After Ivan gets married, she passes on the chore to him, if he wants to continue the tradition. (He decides not to.)
** Barrayarans also use funeral pyres for the most highly regarded of their dead: a young Gregor Vorbarra lights both his grandfather Ezar and his [[spoiler:mother Kareen]]'s funeral pyre.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/{{Chalion}} books, funeral rites involve using sacred animals -- or a helpful saint -- to determine which of the five gods has taken up the dead person's soul. This is taken up to another level entirely towards the end of ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt''.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Sabbat Martyr'', Gaunt insists on a naalwood coffin for [[spoiler:Corbec]].
** In ''Blood Pact'', the planet's major industry is commemorating the dead. Gaunt muses on why Ayatani Zweil is their chaplain; a big reason is his care for [[DyingAlone the dying]] and the dead. Later, Gaunt proves his identity by recounting how he had covered [[spoiler:Sturm]]'s face with a cloth after his death, as a mark of respect. Eyl contemplates how he must treat a dead man's mask with respect, to appease the ghost and the spirits. And at the end [[spoiler:Dorden asks Gaunt to have his body brought back to a chapel and buried there]].
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Malleus'', Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} at the end recounts the funeral rites for all those who died at the climax -- varied, because of their varied cultures.
** Ranging from a vast library and institution dedicated to the name of one veteran inquisitor, to a single small headstone in a lonely, wind-swept mass grave for a Cadian Inquisitor. (It's a planet where ~90% of the population are in the military, and the graves are exhumed once the names are too weathered to read, to make room for more. Quite a depressing contrast.)
* In Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Court of the Air'', after a tortured and murdered steam man was thrown into the river, his body was retrieved and given funeral rites before King Steam. Steam men's true names can be pronounced at these rites, though otherwise they remain unknown except to the bearer and King Steam. Thereafter they are recalled in the hymns of their people. When Slowstack laments that the steammen will not believe how the Hexamachina chose him, Molly promises to [[FamedInStory tell his story in penny dreadfuls]] to make them.
** Commodore Black, lamenting his men's death on an island in the BackStory, recounts how difficult it was for him to bury them. (Though clearly it did not stop him.)
** In Hunt's other book ''The Kingdom Beneath the Waves'', a lashlite (a dragon-like humanoid) is exiled for dooming his clan to damnation by not giving them the proper last rites. He pleads that he couldn't, as lashlite death rites require the dead to be eaten by their clansfolk, leaving "nothing for the enemy". He was the last one left alive out of hundreds, so he couldn't possibly eat them all.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''TheLongWatch,'' Interplanetary Patrol Lieutenant John Dahlquist, after a superior attempts to recruit him into a coup attempt, [[RebelliousRebel instead]] makes a HeroicSacrifice by barricading himself in the nuclear armory and manually disabling all the nuclear weapons, taking a fatal dose of radiation in the process. He [[DyingAlone dies alone]], sitting by the door he barricaded. It takes handling gear and a robotic piloted ship to bring his corpse to Earth for a hero's funeral.
** Dalquist is referenced in a later story with a place of honor that everytime the roll call for the patrol is read, his name is always read as on duty.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Storm of Iron'', [[spoiler:Leonid]] cries at [[spoiler:Vauban]]'s funeral, not so much for the death as for the spontaneous attendance of his men. [[spoiler:Vauban]] had said his men did not love him, but now he knows that to be false.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', they make shrouds for campers who go on quests. They use them too: for the corpses on the pyre, if recovered, and in place of the corpse, if it could not be.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', the Iron Snakes reclaim their brothers' gene seed and bring their bodies back as ashes to pour into the ocean; when a sea serpent rises from the waves after that rite, they hail it as a good omen, reclaiming the dead. Priad brings back accounts of their deeds, and commends them.
** Later, Khiron asks [[MortonsFork to be exposed to the sea serpents]]; if they ate him, his innocence would be proven, and they would mourn him with funeral songs and rites.
* Creator/BenCounter
** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' story "Words of Blood", Valerian objects to retreating. Athellenas threatens him with not only execution, but striking his name from the book of honor, no mention at the Feast of the Departed, and not reclaiming his geneseed.
** In the ''Literature/SoulDrinkers'' novel ''Chapter War'', the Howling Griffins have the names of their dead engraved on the wall and carefully kept illuminated at all times.
* In ''Literature/TheLastChancers'' novels, Colonel Schaeffer scrupulously pardons all the dead of his penal legion. Not only does it give their families succor, it frees their souls before the Golden Throne.
* Creator/WilliamFaulkner's ''Literature/AsILayDying'' -- the entire plot.
* In Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' novel ''The Spell Sword'', Damon regrets the dead bodies left out on the road; Ellemir consoles him with a proverb to the effect that if they are in Heaven, they cannot be grieved by it, and if they are in Hell, they have too much else to grieve for.
* Creator/CSLewis
** In ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'', one damned woman grieved so excessively over her dead son -- keeping everything in his room the same, etc. -- that her husband and daughter revolted. She is convinced that this was merely proper mourning.
** In ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', Orual sets out to find her sacrificed sister's body, for a proper burial.
* Creator/JaneYolen's ''The Cards of Grief'' depicts a culture where commemorating the dead ''is'' the central practice. (The corpses of the dead are exposed, and eaten by vulture-like birds.)
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', when the Andalites recover [[spoiler:Rachel]]'s body, they wrapped it up in a soft cloth as a gesture of respect, before bringing it back for [[spoiler:Cassie and Naomi]] to identify. Compare to Visser Three, who [[spoiler:killed his enemy, Elfangor, by EATING HIM]].
** The death ritual Ax and his father go through counts as well. Ax's father asks if Elfangor died well, and Ax responds that he died in battle. Dad then asks if his killer is dead, and Ax takes the vow to avenge his death. ([[spoiler:Tobias]] could have gotten in on it too, as [[spoiler: Elfangor's son]], but you don't hear much of the vengeance vow by the time [[spoiler:that's revealed to Tobias]].)
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Endless Blue'', Mikhail concludes, after their crash landing, that they will have to bury the dead at sea: they cannot leave them about to rot where they must live. He finds it rather hard.
* In Creator/TamoraPierce's Literature/TortallUniverse books, Stormwings are half-human, half-steel-feathered-bird immortals who thrive on fear and carnage. They'll circle over a site where they expect a battle will be, and after it's over, they mix the remains of the dead with their own filth and roll around in it. (A running theme in the books is how this isn't evil, it's just their nature, no matter how distasteful it is to humans. They were ''made'' to make war more horrific.) Most victorious commanders will retrieve their own dead for a decent burial but leave the enemies to the Stormwings. Kel of ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' generally disapproves of this and is careful to dispose of even the enemy dead respectfully, but in ''Lady Knight'', after winning a battle against [[spoiler:a necromancer who murders small children so he can [[PoweredByAForsakenChild use their souls to bring war machines to life]] and sell them to a militaristic king]], she lets the Stormwings have him and his men (saying that ''someone'' should get some good out of it).
** FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: In ''Wolf Speaker'' Daine learned that because it's so difficult for them to have children Stormwings value the young of every species. Aly even mentions Aunt Daine told her they like children when she sees Stormwings swooping down to rescue children about to be trampled in a mob in ''Trickster's Queen''. Leaving Blayce and his men to the Stormwings could be argued to be one of the more fitting ends for him]].
* In ''At the Crossing-Places'' by Kevin Crossley-Holland, sequel to ''The Seeing Stone'', a Jewish moneylender is murdered on the manor of an English lord, ca. 1200. The priest and most of the others want to leave him for the dogs, but the protagonist (the squire to the manor's lord) gets someone to help him move the body inside a building, and when the lord gets home he has the man buried just ''outside'' their own cemetery. A while later the man's young daughter comes looking to find out whether he's dead or alive. The squire shows her his grave, expecting her to be comforted that they gave him a semblance of a Christian burial, but of course she's dismayed because he should have had a Jewish burial by his family.
* In the [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard Imperial Guard]] novel ''Cadian Blood'', the Imperial forces are supposed to pray for the dead they find, and see to it that the bodies are burned, in order to give them some chance at redemption; they do not like it because it interferes with fighting.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''The Flight of the Eisenstein'', Garro finds that the bolter given to him had belonged to his dead comrade Pyr Rahl; he reflects on how the Death Guard pass on their effects from one man to the next, [[FamedInStory to remember the dead]]. Then he sees the belongings of his dead [[OldRetainer housecarl]] Kaleb, which no one else would want to claim. Though tempted to throw it all out and so be free, that would be ignoble; he goes through it instead.
** In another Literature/HorusHeresy novel, [[EvenEvilHasStandards Horus is actually somewhat disgusted]] when Fulgrim presents him with the severed head of Ferrus Manus.
* In Steve Parker's Imperial Guard novel ''Gunheads'', when they find the murdered slaves, the Guardsmen stop to pray for them, and Bergen orders that their confessors see to the bodies, although they will have to be burned.
** Colonel Strum tells van Droi that the men who died in a tank that fell over a cliff will be properly commemorated.
** When his squad admit to Wulfe that they knew about the DeadPersonConversation that saved their lives, and that [[RememberThatYouTrustMe they were hurt that he didn't trust them with it]], one says that they could have joined him in praying for the dead man.
* In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in the Horus Heresy book ''Tales of Heresy''), Angron is enraged that he cannot get dirt from where he lost to add to his "rope" -- how can he properly commemorate the dead?
* In C. S. Goto's Literature/BloodRavens trilogy, Jonas characterizes the rite "Beacon Psykana" as an honor paid to the dead.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', the Fremen place the bodies of the dead into machines which render them down and recover their body's water, which is then added to the tribe's stockpiles. This is regarded as not only practical (since water is so scarce on Arrakis that to let the water in a corpse go to waste is pointlessly foolish) but also a way of honouring the fallen Fremen, since they get to continue to serve the tribe even in death. It is considered a particular honour to be allowed to take the water of a non-Fremen, and the Fremen often dishonour enemies by either slitting their throats (thus wasting their water) or otherwise not reclaiming it since it is their way of saying that a fallen foe's water is not worthy of being drunk by the Fremen.
** When Paul Atreide attends the funeral of Jamis the Fremen are awed when he shows the highest level of respect for Jamis by "giving water to the dead." (A.K.A. crying at the funeral)
* Literature/NeroWolfe by Rex Stout:
** When Nero's friend Marko is murdered at the beginning of "The Black Mountain", Wolfe asks the coroner for permission to honor an old promise he'd make Marko. When permission is given, Wolfe places two small coins on his friend's eyes. (He then heads off to Montenegro to hunt down the murderer, but that's [[{{Revenge}} a different trope]].)
** In ''Fer-de-lance'' when Maria Maffei goes to Wolfe to ask him to find her missing brother, she tells him that she has over a thousand dollars saved up, and that if he finds Carlo alive she will pay him all of it, but if Carlo is dead, she will pay less, because "First [she} will pay for the funeral." Wolfe not only considers this perfectly reasonable, he commends her for it and says she is "a woman of honor".
** In the novella "Cordially Invited To Meet Death", (published in the {{omnibus}} volume ''Black Orchids'') Wolfe sends a spray of extremely rare [[note]]only three plants exist[[/note]] black orchids to the funeral of a client whose murder he could not prevent.
* In Creator/KarlMay's "Durchs Wilde Kurdistan" (''Through Wild Kurdistan'', the second volume of the Literature/OrientCycle), a religious leader of zoroastric sect is killed and everybody helps in building a cairn, sort of, to bury him. This includes the very pious Muslim Hadschi Halef Omar, the servant, protector and friend of the protagonist.
* In Creator/SuzanneCollins's ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss adorns [[spoiler: her ally Rue's corpse]] in wildflowers. Considering the blasé way the tributes' deaths are usually treated, this also serves as a wicked TakeThat to the Capitol, humanizing the fallen competitor in the normally disconnected Games.
* Creator/JohnCWright has a few examples:
** In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' series:
*** In ''Orphans of Chaos'', Quentin insists on burying bodies properly.
*** In ''Fugitives of Chaos'', Morpheus [[TalkingInYourDreams recounts]] how he has performed, over the eons, the rites for his knights who died in the war -- and how an enemy tried to incite his vassals to revolt, even though it would result in the death of Morpheus's son, with the promise that the son would receive full honors.
** In ''[[Literature/CountToTheEschaton Count To A Trillion]]'', this is the one element of religion that Menelaus admires. He reads a future without religion, and his only serious objection is how to conduct a proper funeral without someone to say something proper over the grave.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Horus Rising'', the planet Murder had trees on which the aliens threw dead bodies before they ate them. One Marine was so horrified by the desecration of the corpses that he blew up some trees.
* In Andy Hoare's Literature/WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', the White Scar scouts find unburied bodies and are distressed by the lack of respect for the dead; one wishes to bury the dead -- even hesitating over a direct order -- and his sergeant admits they should, but they cannot.
* In Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad'', Patrocles's funeral -- and Hector's, once Achilles gave it up.
** Achilles abuses and mangles the corpse of Hector after killing him, in revenge for the death of his friend/lover Patroclus, making this OlderThanFeudalism. Achilles' attempt to mutilate Hector's corpse by dragging it behind his chariot three laps around the city was stopped by the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Gods]] themselves, who used their powers to keep the body untouched. They don't agree on much else, but proper treatment of the honorable dead is very high on their standards of behavior.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight", in [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Olivia's dream]], the PhysicalGod, [[YouAreTooLate arriving too late]] to save his son, retrieves his body.
* Played with mercilessly by Creator/BrandonSanderson in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the Parshendi are [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a proud warrior race]] who leave their dead out on the battlefield because they apparently consider it sinful to move them. TheHero is in a crew that theoretically exists to transport bridges to get the army across chasms (of which there are a lot in the area) but is also TheBait, meant to draw arrow fire away from the real soldiers, and thus not allowed to wear armour because it would make them less tempting targets. Naturally TheHero is not pleased with this. So, he decides to get a hold of some Parshendi corpses strip the [[BizarreAlienBiology natural armour]] off them, and put it on top of regular armour, which [[BerserkButton really pisses off the Parshendi]] making them even better bait, but also protected from arrows.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'' by Creator/StephenKing, Frannie Goldsmith buries her father, a victim of the superflu informally called "Captain Trips," in the garden he tended with utmost care in life. It's a painful ordeal in every way from physical to emotional.
* Important in ''{{Literature/Malevil}}''. A day after WorldWarIII Colin, Meyssonier, and Peyssou leave the shelter of the castle to investigate their homes and recover their loved ones. They return with the remains of three families that fill a two by one box. Afterwards, they make sure to properly bury the remains of their enemies for both health concerns and to practice better morals and respect than that of brigands. [[spoiler: At the end, Gazel is being pressured not to give Fulbert a Christian burial. Emmanuel intervenes because he doesn't want a modern ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}''.]]
* In the first book of ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', the only known truce between the Tsurani and Kingdom armies was during the Siege of Crydee. With all of the dead bodies piling up outside the walls, they need to dispose of the bodies before disease spreads. One squad of Kingdom soldiers goes outside the walls unarmed to erect funeral pyres. A few hours later, a squad of unarmed Tsurani soldiers leave their camp and help set up the pyres. After the bodies are burned, the soldiers exchanged salutes and returned to their own lines, at which point the battle resumed.
** The bodies of the Nighthawks are ''always'' given a funeral pyre. This is not due to respect, though. Some Nighthawks are Black Slayers, and if you don't burn them, they'll come back from the dead and attack again.
* In the second ''Literature/GreenRider'' book, Karigan learns of a ritual the original Riders used to honor their fallen while traveling through time. At the end of the book she restarts the tradition.
* In Creator/JasperFforde's Literature/ThursdayNext books, a wall carries the names of fallen Jurisfiction agents.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** After Tyrion arrives in King's Landing, he notes that the heads of those executed as part of [[spoiler:Ned Stark's failed attempt to remove Joffrey, a bastard born of incest, and Queen Cersei from power]] are on display on the battlements. Tyrion makes a point of removing the heads, reuniting them with the bodies they had come from, and ordering the return all of the remains to their families, particularly the body of [[spoiler:Ned Stark]]. He says, "Even in war, certain decencies have to be observed."
** Ser Loras Tyrell tells Ser Jaime Lannister in ''A Storm of Swords'': [[spoiler:"I buried him [Lord Renly Baratheon] with mine own hands, in a place he showed me once when I was a squire at Storm's End. No one shall ever find him there to disturb his rest."]]
** ''A Dance with Dragons'' has [[spoiler: Stannis' army]] lost in the North as winter descends, and some of the men are driven to cannibalism. Even though it is clear to everyone that the cannibals had ''not'' actually killed the men (they were already dead from cold), and that they were literally starving to death themselves, this is considered such an abominable desecration that the cannibals are executed.
** Thoroughly averted in ''The Princess and the Queen,'' with the body of King Viserys, who is left to rot in his bedchamber for days, denied last rites and any sort funeral preparations so the Greens can secure his son's succession over his older sister.
* ''Literature/TheElenium'':
** The knights find the body of a child killed by the Seeker. Kalten doesn't have a shovel, so he digs the girl's grave with his bare hands, and Bevier recites the Elene prayer for the dead.
** Weaponized by Bevier at one point: after giving a guard captain an on-the-spot execution for insubordination, he intimidates the man's followers into obedience by leading them in prayers for the dead man's soul.
** After [[spoiler:Kurik]]'s death at the end, Sephrenia uses her magic to prevent his body from decomposing prior to his funeral.
** The week long mourning rites that the church goes through following the death of Archprelate Cluvonius.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse gives us a number of different funeral customs.
** From the Literature/XWingSeries, the New Republic sometimes shoots dead servicemen into stars. Survivors of Alderaan often shoot their dead into the asteroid field that is all that remains of their home planet. Corellians, during the planet's isolationist era, while unable to return home, would cremate their dead, pressing the ashes into diamonds. Which are then set into the walls of a building on Courscant, to recreate the star field as seen over their homeworld.
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'', Necropolis and its people were cursed long ago and told that something terrible would befall them if they did not respect their dead. Consequently they bury bodies instead of incinerating them, and insist on burying anyone who dies on Necropolis, tombstone included. They have elaborate traditions built around these things, even though most half believe at best. A villain takes advantage of these traditions to make zombies; he's killed fighting the protagonists, and his assistant dies mysteriously.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Rachael and the others make arrangements for Pete's burial.
** Later, Rachael talks of making a cairn for a dead woman, and then sending someone to retrieve her body. [[spoiler: She does this for the dead woman's brother, not for the woman's own sake.]]
* In Creator/RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'', Father Simon prays for a dead Colonist.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', a vigil is held overnight for the family and friends of a fallen warrior to say their last goodbyes, and in the morning, the Clan elders bury the body. There have been occasions where enemy warriors have been returned to their own Clans for their Clan to mourn them, and at least one occasion where a rogue was killed, and it was decided that a couple of young warriors would bury the body, no elders need be present.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels:
** Distinguished Dragaerans' bodies are brought to Greymist Valley and sent over the Blood River waterfalls known as Deathgate (which is a ''literal'' gate to their afterlife). Most often shown being arranged for Dragonlords who fall heroically in battle, even if (like [[spoiler: Napper]]) they were killed with soul-destroying Morganti weapons and there's nothing left of them but a corpse.
** Also, House Dzur maintains records on all its members who have died heroically, and inscribes their names on an official list in the imperial capital.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's Literature/SpiralArm novel ''In the Lion's Mouth'', Ravn promises Donovan that after they are done, she will personally escort him home, and arrange for a proper burial.
* In ''Literature/VariableStar'', Joel carefully considers how to bury the body of a colonist who died in an accident. The soil on the farming deck isn't deep enough for a proper burial, and he worries that the goats will dig it up and drag it around. He ends up burying it as deep as he can, and placing bent springs and broken glass around the body to keep the livestock away. Later, another character shows considerable disrespect to a dead body by punching it in the face. Granted, this was because the man was a suicide who had just condemned them all to a slow death in deep space.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs The Junior Super Patriots'', Aaron jollies Velma into attending Diva's funeral out of respect for the dead.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'', Madame Karitska lays flowers on Mazda Lorvale's grave.
* In Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman's ''Fabiola'', there are several instances of this. First there's [[spoiler: Agnes's]] funeral after [[spoiler: her martyrdom]], in which [[spoiler: her best friend Emerentiana]] is seen heavily grieving. Later, [[spoiler: TheMole Torcuatus]] walks into the funeral of [[spoiler: Cecilia, a blind Christian girl who was tortured to death after his FaceHeelTurn; [[WhatHaveIBecome he's so shocked and remorseful]] that he immediately [[HeelFaceTurn returns to the side of good]]]]. And by the end, we see [[spoiler: the former Christian hunter Fulvius returning to Rome after years WalkingTheEarth, and the first thing he does is to heavily cry and pay his respects to Agnes's grave, since he ratted her out after she refused his marriage proposal and that's what caused her death in the first place]].
* In Creator/JohnHemry's ''[[Literature/PaulSinclair A Just Determination]]'', Herdez sharply tells Paul that they must investigate a sailor's death even though blame might fall on a friend of his; they owe it to the dead man. In ''Burden of Proof'', Paul calls it to mind to encourage him to investigate another death.
* In Creator/ErinMorgenstern's ''Literature/TheNightCircus'',
** Celia gets many condolence letters and flower because of Hector Bowen's death.
** [[spoiler: Tara Burgess]]'s funeral has many mourners and many flowers.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' this happens a few times:
** Even years after her death, Harry continues to visit and tend to the grave of [[spoiler:Kim Delaney]] as his refusal to listen to her and her refusal to tell him what she was caught up in lead to her getting in over her head. He feels partly responsible and will tend the grave.
** Harry grants permission to [[spoiler:Queen Mab to bury the fallen Summer Lady Lily, and her killer, and possessed by an agent of Mab's enemy, Winter Lady Maeve on the island Demonreach. His only stipulation was she gets the island's permission as well]].
** In ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' Lea promises Harry [[spoiler:to give Susan a good and proper burial Harry believed she was worthy of and would even take Harry there when he was ready]].
** In ''Turn Coat'' [[spoiler:Warden Donald Morgan]] dies officially as a traitor to the White Council. No one can attend his funeral for the political implications. Those who knew him best and know he allowed himself to be die with falsehoods smearing his name to protect the Council and people he cares for instead had a private wake where stories were told of him in a better light.
* In ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'', CreepyTwins Maharet and Mekare are introduced in flashback visions, ominously kneeling on either side of an old woman's cooked corpse, holding its heart and brain on trays and preparing to [[ImAHumanitarian eat her]]. As the visions get clearer, it falls out that consuming the body was their duty as the woman's daughters, as in their culture this was the only respectful way to handle the dead, the idea being that "what was human should remain with humanity".
* Zig-zagged for heartbreaking effect in ''Literature/RedRising''. Burying a Red is a crime punishable by death, and as such, the gallows are full of bodies in varying states of decay that no one dares to remove. This doesn't stop Darrow from stealing his wife's body and giving her a proper burial the night after her execution, but he is hung for defying Society law. Don't worry, [[NotQuiteDead he gets better]].
* In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', the Dwarf Nikabrik teams up with a Hag and a Werewolf to resurrect the White Witch. After all three of them are killed in the melee that follows, Peter orders that the latter two be thrown in a pit, but that Nikabrik's body be given to his own people for burial rites.
* In the ''Literatrue/CodexAlera''
** Princeps Septimus is laid to rest in a grand tomb created by his father near where he was killed in battle. As there was not much left for his remains, a marble statue lies on the coffin that contains what they could recover. Also laying there are his seven bodyguards who fell with him. His father, First Lord Gaius Sextus, creates it in one day with his own magical powers. It is filled with ever-burning fires, fresh water, fruit-filled trees, and the armor and weapons of the fallen.
** In ''Academ's Fury'' those [[spoiler:who were Taken by the Vord Queen in Calderon]] are laid to rest in a cave and the cave sealed.
** The Marat are seen to be barbarians by the human Alerans because they violate this idea and would eat their enemies remains, some would even eat the people while still alive, to take the dead enemy's strength.
** For the Marat, the mutilation of the corpse of their clansman, especially scalping, is a major BerserkButton as it is seen as stealing the dead's strength.
** The Canim people sing blood songs for those who have died. They also sing them to those who have taken the role of Hunter, the spies, assassins, and scouts of the Canim, as to the society they are now dead. This alleviates them from the bounds of honor and duty the living must follow. When two die in battle taking down a powerful enemy, their brother, a fellow Hunter, doesn't even morn them. The hero Tavi realizes there is nothing to morn, for they died doing their duty and their sacrifices will save thousands if not millions of lives.
** The Aleran warriors who fight on the northern boarders against the powerful and deadly Ice Men are not laid to rest in the cold, hard ground. They are burned in a pyre so their bodies won't suffer the cold the hordes from the north inflicted upon them.
* Hunters in the ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' universe are given a ceremony when having fallen in battle that concludes with cutting off their head, when their death was due to an undead creature that reanimates the dead. Cutting off the head is the one absolutely guaranteed method of preventing reanimation or revival of the fallen.
* In ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', after Mother Wolf and Father Wolf died of old age, Mowgli kept their bodies in their den and rolled a boulder over the entrance so that their death sleep would not be disturbed.
* In ''[[Literature/EddieLaCrosse The Sword-Edged Blonde]]'', the protagonist wants to test a theory that the king's son wasn't actually killed as alleged, and therefore wants to crack open the tomb. Objections are raised on the grounds that it wouldn't be proper, but King Phil agrees to it — and insists on being present, since then he'll know it was done respectfully. [[spoiler:Eddie was right; the bones, on inspection, aren't those of a human baby.]]
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' Corwin discovers the murdered body of a former lover who had been killed for a gift he gave her. He stopped his urgent journey to give her a respectful burial. Her murderer he tossed into the trees for the birds.
* In the first book of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', Lyra puts a gold coin bearing [[spoiler: Tony Makarios' ''lost daemon's name into his mouth, treating him with the same respect that is traditionally given to Scholars at Jordan College. The body is then cremated by the gyptians.
** In the third book, Iorek goes to the magically preserved body of [[spoiler: Lee Scoresby]] to mourn his death by eating his heart.
* In ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' the fallen Bridgeburners are entombed in the ruins of Moon's Spawn when it is send to die over the sea. It goes to show how much Anomander Rake and the other Tiste Andii came to respect them as comrades and friends.
* In ''Literature/TheReader2016'', Sefia writes the name of Palo Kanta, the mercenary she killed in self-defense, on the windowsill of a bar he was meant to visit before she killed him, hoping that at least one part of him will survive.
* In Creator/{{Orson Scott Card}}'s short story, "Holy", a Terran trade diplomat finds himself tasked to complete the death rite of an alien chieftain he is traveling with, namely taking the contents of the man's bowels to the top of the highest mountain. While being pursued by hostile rival tribes. Without use of his technology.

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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'':
** In "Bait," after killing [[spoiler: Kelly's Deadite-possessed parents]], Ash takes the time to give them both a proper burial. Unfortunately, he makes them cross-shaped grave markers, and they're Jewish.
** In "The Host," after [[spoiler: Pablo's uncle is killed by Eligos, Ash and the gang make him a funeral pyre]].
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise shows many different funerary customs for the various races.
** Spock's funeral has his body [[BurialInSpace shot out of the torpedo tube]], in a reference to BurialAtSea. The full context (both in the movie itself and over the entire franchise), and especially what happens in the following movie indicate that this is ''not'' the traditional Vulcan burial rite. Starfleet has been around long enough to build up its own customs and traditions about burial while serving.
** [[ProudMerchantRace Ferengi]] dice up and sell the bodies of their dead as a souvenir. From the perspective of a society motivated primarily by the acquisition of profit and the belief that absolutely everything worth having has monetary value, ''not'' selling off the deceased's body would be an admission that the person literally had no worth.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingons]] will hold open the eyes of a dying warrior and howl at the moment of death as a warning to the afterlife that a Klingon warrior is about to arrive. After keeping watch over the body for a night (to protect it from predators), once the spirit has had time to make the trip to Sto-vo-kor, they then just dump the body, believing it to be an empty shell, but will celebrate the honorable dead with feasting, drinking and singing.
*** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' touched on Klingon death customs a couple times. First, a Klingon can engage in an act of glory to "pay the way" for one who would not otherwise be worthy of Sto-vo-kor (Worf did this for his late wife Jadzia[[note]]by successfully destroying a sizable Jem'hadar base[[/note]]; she normally wouldn't be worthy because she was a Trill). A later episode featured Kor, an old Klingon warrior who wanted to find a way to avoid dying in dotage; he manages to do so by taking Worf's place in a suicide mission. His sacrifice clears the way for a convoy of Klingons to escape. So Martok (who ''hated'' Kor in life) begrudgingly gives him due: opening a bottle of bloodwine and issuing a toast to "a noble warrior to the end".
** One species on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' reproduce by reanimating the dead as members of their own race. Harry Kim becomes angry when he discovers they did this to the body of his love interest; her alien "father" is equally angry that they would have just "abandoned" her into space.
** The Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror" orders the dead Centurion's body dumped into space along with a bunch of debris to [[PlayingPossum make it seem that his ship has been destroyed]] -- but he is clearly distressed about it, and [[TalkingToTheDead asks his late friend to forgive him]].
** In ''The Next Phase'' Ensign Ro, who is presumed dead after a transporter malfunction (but is just rendered invisible and intangible), worries that Picard will hold a Bajoran funeral, which include a funeral chat that goes on for two hours.
* The show ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' being a future Earth military environment does a modern naval burial in space complete with the space carrier's laser turrets being used in lieu of a firing party.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
** The show has several accurate representations of ancient Roman funeral customs. Niobe is cremated and her ashes buried. Caesar is, of course, burned on a huge pyre in the Forum. Eirene asks not to be burned, but buried with hers and Pullo's child, which he does. Pullo later strangles Gaia after she confesses to killing Eirene, and Pullo unceremoniously dumps her body in the river, thus condemning her spirit to unrest.
** After the conquered leader of the Gauls is finally executed during Caesar's Triumph, his body is unceremoniously dumped, but we see some Gauls living in Rome retrieve it, dress it and burn it on a pyre hidden in the woods somewhere.
* The re-imagined ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' showed several funerals now and then. Since they are a Fleet, they did [[SpaceIsAnOcean burial at space]], complete with flags and medals if the dead were soldiers/crewmembers. Regular burials were also shown over the course of the series though.
** Cylons also have funerals for one of their own that died permanently. It becomes distressingly common after the destruction of the resurrection hub. The fact that the "infinity" symbol is used in Cylon funerals sparked some EpilepticTrees after it was shown in [[SpinOff Caprica]] that a monotheist group closely connected to the creation of Cylons also used the same symbol.
** One of the moments near the final episodes was a large funeral attended by the three main groups of the Fleet (the polytheists, the human monotheists and the Cylon monotheists) which showed (and contrasted) each groups practice.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Sing it with me, "[[Music/ThePogues I'M A FREE-BORN MAN OF THE USA]]"
* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', after the Master dies, the Doctor builds him a pyre and cremates his body.
** In "The Impossible Astronaut", Amy, Rory and River Song [[spoiler: cremate the Doctor's body]]. It seems to be the Time Lord custom. It is, also, however necessary, because it's mentioned that Time Lord DNA can be dangerous AppliedPhlebotinum if it falls into malicious hands. And it conveniently erases the evidence that [[spoiler:it's not actually his body.]]
** In the Creator/SylvesterMcCoy era arc "Paradise Towers", the Doctor encounters two girl-gangs, the Red Kangs and the Blue Kangs. Although the two gangs are fierce rivals, when a Blue Kang turns up dead, the Red Kangs hold a memorial for her, declaring, [[WorthyOpponent "Blue was her color, but she was brave and bold as a Kang should be."]] Later both Kangs, [[EnemyMine having buried their feud (along with their grudges against the other groups in the building) to defeat a common enemy,]] gave the same funeral rites to Pex, a wannabe-hero who ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing his life to save everyone else]].
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' had J.T. go to Rick's funeral. But only after Manny reminded him that he could never be the bigger man.
* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''
** [[spoiler: Uther's body is dressed in formal royal robes and laid out on a stone next to the tomb of his queen. Arthur holds vigil by his father's body overnight.]]
** Despite [[spoiler: Lancelot's]] apparent evil actions, Arthur insists on him receiving a proper burial, as in all other ways but one he was a good knight. Merlin gives him [[VikingFuneral a good one]], although he is the only mourner.
* In ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', Duncan casts Darius's ashes into the Seine river, saying it will symbolically allow Darius to complete his unfinished journey to the sea.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Bushwhacked", the crew encounter a ship that has had its crew and passengers slaughtered by Reavers. Shepherd Book prevails upon Mal to let him perform a funeral for them. Mal agrees, but privately reveals that the main reason he did so was to keep the others busy and not worry them with the fact that a Reaver booby trap had snagged them and needed disarming before they went anywhere.
--> '''Book:''' How we treat our dead is part of what makes us different from those did the slaughtering.
* In the ''[[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Jetman]]'' tribute episode of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the Gokaiger visit Gai Yuuki's grave ([[BackFromTheDead to confirm that he's really gone]]) and find presents left behind by his teammates, including flowers, his favorite liquor, and [[MythologyGag an Ako-chan ramen cup]].
* On at least two occasions in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' a dead character has to be dismembered by a loved one (Holtz by Connor, and Lilah by Wesley) due to the (incorrect) belief that they were killed by vampires.
* In ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the crew of the Astraeus is trapped in a LotusEaterMachine to exploit their genius. When [[spoiler:Holly Martin]] figures out what's happened to them, [[spoiler:Senator Winn]] murders her to prevent her from telling the others. Then she orders her goons to dispose of her remains respectfully and discreetly. No one knows where she's buried, but at least the bad guy made an effort.
* In ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', devout Roman Catholic Murdoch always crosses himself when he first comes upon a corpse, whether it's at a reported crime scene, or when someone dies in his presence (such as "Back and to the Left", "Stroll on the Wild Side" and "Tour de Murdoch"). Additionally, he does this at funerals such as the cop's memorial-cum-wake at the bar in "The Great Wall" and the graveside service for [[spoiler: the long-dead Canadian government official]] in "Confderate Treasure". The gesture outs him as a minority Catholic in a Protestant-controlled city, so it is more of a big deal than it seems on the surface. On occasion, other characters do this: the hotel manager in "Return of Sherlock Holmes" performs it when a guest is found dead, and Crabtree tries to imitate his boss at that graveside in "Confederate Treasure".
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Derek buried his remaining family members (Laura in the Pilot and [[spoiler: Peter in the season one finale]]) under the Hale family house with wolfsbane planted on top, so they can remain in wolf form even after death.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', a dead hunter is [[VikingFuneral burned on a pyre]] while surrounded by family or friends so the hunter does not [[CameBackWrong come back wrong]]. Not that it stops things; multiple characters have stuck around in ghost form, anchored to some UnfinishedBusiness.
* In ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' Liv feels obligated to solve the murders of people whose brains she eats in the morgue.
* The episode "In Excelsis Deo" of ''Series/TheWestWing'' closes on the military funeral of a Marine veteran of the Korean War. Despite an honor guard and a three-volley salute, it's a LonelyFuneral and terribly poignant. The man was homeless and died of exposure on a cold night. His only living relative was his brother, also homeless. The ceremony only happened because a White House staffer, who had no connection to the deceased other than he used to own the coat he died in, spent the episode pulling strings.
-->'''President's Secretary, Mrs. Landingham:''' Did you use [the President's] name to arrange a military funeral for a homeless veteran?\\
'''Toby:''' Yes.\\
'''Landingham:''' You shouldn't have done that, Toby.\\
'''Toby:''' I know.\\
'''Landingham:''' You absolutely should not have done that.\\
'''Toby:''' I know.\\
'''Landingham:''' [[OutlivingOnesOffspring I'd like to come along.]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead "Heavy is the Head"]], Lance Hunter agrees to sell out Coulson to Glenn Talbot in exchange for his dead friend Isabelle Hartley being buried with full military honours, since as a [[HeroWithBadPublicity SHIELD agent]], she's most likely to be otherwise branded a traitor. He ultimately doesn't go through with betraying Coulson, but luckily Coulson still has friends, and Hartley gets her proper funeral.
** The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' episode [[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E4PennyAndDime "Penny and Dime"]] opens with a wake for the victims of Frank Castle's massacre of the Kitchen Irish, attended by their fellow associates. Finn Cooley shows up, and [[EyeScream kills one underling]] for telling him that his son's death was part of the business. After the opening credits, we see Matt, Karen and Foggy attend a [[LonelyFuneral much smaller memorial service]] for Grotto, who the three had tried and failed to protect from the Punisher after he escaped the massacre.
* An episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'' showed the bodies of those killed in an attack being fired into the system's sun, while Commander Ivanova read off the names of the dead. Later, Vorlon ambassador Kosh is killed by the Shadows, and his living ship does something similar: after receiving its late master's effects, and unable to continue without him, it commits the remains ''and itself'' into the system's sun.
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' had the crew holding a brief memorial for the staff of an underwater facility who had died several years previously.
* ''Series/TheProfessionals''. In "Heroes", PsychoSidekick Tommy gives his life to save Bodie and Doyle when they're pinned down by hitmen armed with automatic weapons. As Tommy is about to be loaded on a hearse with the (now dead) hitmen, Bodie snaps, "No, don't put him in with ''them!''"
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. The main characters make a point to honor their fallen friends, and treat the dead with respect. [[TheHeart Glenn]] in particular is a firm believer of this. If anyone they know becomes a Walker, putting them down is often treated as a moral obligation.
** In "Guts" several people chop up a Walker and spread its guts and blood on Rick and Glenn, in order to prevent other Walkers from detecting them. Rick makes a point to read the Walker's name from his driver license, muse on the type of man he might have been, and reminds everyone he was a person like them.
** "Wildfire": Following the attack on the Atlanta Camp, the Walkers that attacked them are thrown in a pile and burned. Their dead however are buried.
** "Nebraska": Sophia is given a proper burial along with Annette and Shaun Greene, but the rest of the bodies are burned.
-->'''Andrea:''' We bury the ones we love, and burn the rest.
** "Say the Word" features a funeral (complete with graves and crosses) for Lori, T-Dog, and Carol, the last of whom is actually still alive.
** "What Happened and What's Going On" has a funeral for Tyresse, with Father Gabriel performing a funeral ceremony, Rick personally digging a grave, and Tyresse's beanie left on the cross as a marker.

* This is what Music/{{Belly}} song "Feed the Tree" is about, namely, paying respects to a grave where a tree is growing.
-->"Take your hat off, when you're talking to me/And be there when I feed the tree"
* The [[LyricalDissonance strangely upbeat]] song ''Revel'', or ''Stand to your glasses steady'':
-->So stand to your glasses steady\\
this world is a world full of lies\\
Quaff a cup for the dead already\\
and hooray for the next man who dies!

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse legends]], Skald or Scef [[MosesInTheBulrushes drifted ashore as a child]] and became king. When he died many years later, his people sent back to sea on a ship laden with treasure -- described as not less than he had been sent with.

* One surviving work of the Roman poet Creator/{{Catullus}} records his journey from Rome to Anatolia to make sacrifices at his brother's grave. The description of how he feels at the tomb are heart-wrenching.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The three most common ways of showing dues to the dead are the moment of silence (such as the one All Pro Wrestling had in 2011 for Gulf Coast Wrestling.com's Bob Liddil), the "final ten count" (ten rings of the bell adopted from boxing, used for example to open ''Welcome To The Wrestling/{{Combat Zone|Wrestling}}'' in 2016) and the minute of applause (such as for Flor De Loto [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCKaMMEin38 in LLF]]).
* The most famous in pro wrestling was when officials from Japan, North and South Korea gathered together with Wrestling/AntonioInoki to pay their respects at the grave of Wrestling/{{Rikidozan}}. This transitioned into a joint Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}} Wrestling/{{WCW}} show that drew the largest crowd on record.
* Video tribute packages for the recently deceased are also fairly common, the World Wrestling League doing so for both important figures in their history like Perro Aguayo Jr and even those who never worked for them like Hayabusa and Wrestling/{{Chyna}}.[[/folder]]

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** Space Marines go to great lengths to recover their dead brothers, and the individual chapters have additional and often elaborate practices to remember their dead. However, the body itself is not really important, the important things are the progenoid glands, that generate and store the geneseed necessary to create new Space Marines, and the expensive and in some cases outright irreplaceable weapons and armor.
** The [[SpaceElves Craftworld Eldar]] often risk their own lives to recover the soulstones of the fallen. Good thing, too, as if a soulstone is damaged, the soul is claimed by the evil Chaos God Slaanesh, which is a FateWorseThanDeath. The Eldar even have a career path dedicated to [[HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim expressing the other Eldar's collective grief at the Craftworld's losses]].
** The heroic variant was once used to display Abaddon the Despoiler's respect for a WorthyOpponent. The Black Legion and the Blood Angels fought on a planet called Mackan, with the Blood Angels suffering catastrophic losses. One of the few survivors, [[BadassPreacher Reclusiarch]] Jorus, survived in the wilderness with his Death Company, before launching a surprise attack on Abaddon's camp where he slaughtered Abaddon's honor guard and got into combat with the Despoiler himself. When the Black Legion left Mackan, they desecrated the bodies of hundreds of Blood Angels, with one exception: the bodies of Reclusiarch Jorus and the Death Company were unharmed, seated upon thrones made from the armor of the Black Legion troops they had slain that night.
* Not a burial place, but the "San Angelo" setting for 4th edition TabletopGame/{{Champions}} has the Liberty Square plaza. Memorials to several fallen heroes, including the WWII-era team the Liberty Corps, are placed here. Most supers in San Angelo, regardless of where they fall on the hero - villain scale, refuse to fight here out of respect to the dead.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' presents a strong incentive to give proper Due To The Dead, since failure to provide proper rites will usually anger the corpse's Hungry Ghost (one of the person's souls that remains behind to protect the body) and send it on a rampage. In certain areas, it's also possible to encounter a person's [[OurGhostsAreDifferent other ghost]], who will also likely be pissed off if they didn't receive a proper funeral.
** The reason non-hungry ghosts value funerals being that even the most basic rites allow one to "live" like a king in the Underworld (paper and wooden effigies carry over as luxurious and possibly magical treasures, food items become never ending, sacrificed animals will be loyal and virtually indestructible sources of food, fur and labour and so on).

* Creator/{{Sophocles}}:
** In ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'': before the beginning of the play's action, Eteocles and Polyneices, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes' civil war, died fighting each other for the throne. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices disgraced. The rebel brother's body will not be sanctified by holy rites, and will lie unburied on the battlefield, prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures, the harshest punishment at the time. Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices. In the opening of the play, Antigone brings Ismene outside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting: Antigone wants to bury Polyneices' body, in defiance of Creon's edict. Ismene refuses to help her, fearing the death penalty, but she is unable to dissuade Antigone from going to bury her brother herself. Tragedy ensues.
** Despite being the man Ajax hates most and whom he attempted to torture and kill, Odysseus is determined to convince Agamemnon and Menelaus to allow him burial rites and not carry on their grudge in ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}''. Since the whole incident was proof of what happens when you make the gods angry, it's a rather wise decision on his part.
** In ''Theatre/{{Electra}}'', obligations to the dead are omnipresent. Electra refuses to stop mourning her father until he is avenged. Clytemnestra sends grave offerings with Chrysothemis in hopes to appease Agamemnon's spirit. Electra stops her because a false offering would be an even worse slight to her father. Chrysothemis takes locks of their hair instead, only to find Orestes had already done the same, despite the news of his death. Electra immediately begins ritual mourning once she hears her beloved brother has died in a chariot race. Clytemnestra and Aegisthus are not shown to get any "due" after Orestes murders them.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
** In ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', Paris goes to visit Juliet's grave. When Romeo comes calling for Juliet, Paris believes that he is coming to do the evil version of this and challenges him to a duel. After losing the duel, Paris's final request is that Romeo lay him alongside Juliet, a request that Romeo honors.
** In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', Claudio goes to mourn at Hero's apparent grave.
** In ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', the priest is annoyed that Ophelia is getting full funeral rites when she might have been a suicide. In the final scene, Fortinbras orders Hamlet be given a soldier's burial as a mark of honor, and possibly also to hold Hamlet out as having died in battle.
** In ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', Olivia is in deep mourning for her brother. The Duke is trying to convince her that a more suitable form would be to perpetuate his family line by marrying and having children. The Jester even calls her a fool for mourning her brother's soul being in Heaven, much to Olivia's shock.
** Oswald in ''Theatre/KingLear'', after being mortally wounded by Edgar:
--->''Slave, thou hast slain me: villain, take my purse:\\
If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;''
** ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', after Brutus dies, his enemies, Antony and Octavian agree on giving him a respectful burial.
-->'''Octavius:''' According to his virtue let us use him\\
With all respect and rites of burial.\\
Within my tent his bones to-night shall lie,\\
Most like a soldier, order'd honorably.
** The ending of ''Theatre/AntonyAndCleopatra'' has Caesar order respectful treatment of the eponymous characters' corpses after their mutual suicide.
*** The historical Caesar Augustus wasn't always so considerate. In the aftermath of one battle, a prisoner who was being led off to execution asked for a decent burial. Augustus suggested that he take it up with the crows, since his corpse was going to be abandoned to them.
* Following the death of [[spoiler: Roy Cohn]] in ''Angels In America'', [[spoiler: Belize calls upon Louis to recite the Jewish prayer for the dead at his bedside, in spite of the fact that both men find the deceased personally and politically despicable]].
* Creator/{{Euripides}}'s ''Theatre/{{Alcestis}}'': When Admetus's wife Alcestis dies, and his friend Hercules appears at his home, Admetus tries to hide that he is in mourning for his wife because they considered [[SacredHospitality hospitality sacred]]. When Hercules learns of the death, he is really, really, really shocked to find that his host had hidden this from him and so his behavior has been really bad; he goes [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to wrestle with]] [[TheGrimReaper Death]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming to reclaim her]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Used as CharacterDevelopment in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''. When Ezio kills his first target after he completes his preliminary Assassin training (his first kill was before that training), he continues to shake the body over and over, shouting that it's not enough that he died (not least because he died unwilling to apologize or even explain his crimes). His uncle and mentor calmly explains that death pays all debts and absolves all sins, even for those whose only purpose in life was evil. From then on, Ezio usually kills his target with a single strike of the Hidden Blade to their throat, followed by a parting line before gently saying, "''Requiescat in pace''" ("rest in peace"). At the end of the game, [[spoiler:he doesn't kill Rodrigo Borgia ([[UsefulNotes/ThePope Alexander VI]]), knowing that doing so won't bring back the family he lost. [[CruelMercy Ezio's happy to leave him with the knowledge that he wasn't the Prophet and that his entire life's work was for naught]].]]
** In ''Brotherhood'' [[spoiler:after Rodrigo is killed by his son Cesare]], Ezio performs the rite once more with no malice, and for all of the Templar Agents (the single-player counterparts of the multiplayer characters). Only [[spoiler:Juan Borgia]] and [[spoiler:Octavian, Baron de Valois]] survive long enough to actually talk back to him though.
** In ''Revelations'' ([[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII and]] [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood the]] [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII others,]] [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag too]]), passersby will scold the player for looting dead bodies.
** Connor continues the tradition for his targets in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' (except for [[spoiler: Charles Lee]]), though he uses the Mohawk language instead of Latin and leaves off anything resembling "Requiescat in pace," though the intent is mostly the same. His father and [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag grandfather]] are not so respectful.
** Played straight then inverted in ''II'' with the tombs of the previous Assassins. The brotherhood has created gorgeous resting places for some of their most famed members in the landmark cathedrals of Italy. Ezio goes through the trials to open these tombs and then shoves open the Assassin's sarcophagus to get at key stone inside and just leaves them that way, exposed to the elements and the enemy.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** One of the first sidequests you can get in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' involves the body of a soldier who died on Eden Prime. The soldier's husband wants her body to be released for a proper burial, while the Alliance military wants to hold onto it for study so they can find ways to counteract geth weapons and save more soldiers. The Paragon choice involves siding with the husband.
** Commander Shepard gets some sort of memorial (depending on his/her background) after his/her temporary death, which you get to hear news reports about. You also get to explore the crash site of the original Normandy and place a memorial there, as well as gathering all the dog tags of the fallen crew.
** Also, in ''Videogame/MassEffect3'', a memorial wall is placed in front of the elevator on the crew deck, so that you can't avoid looking at it when you step out of the elevator. It lists the names of each lost crewmember from the Normandy, and [[AnyoneCanDie as the game goes on,]] the list gets longer.
*** In addition to the abovementioned, ''[[DownloadableContent Citadel]]'' also features a funeral side mission [[spoiler:where Shepard, some crew members of the Normandy SR-2, Commander Bailey, and the Salarian Councilor pay their respects to Kolyat's father Thane (one of Shepard's companions in the second game who [[BackForTheDead died defending the Salarian councilor from a Cerberus attack on the Citadel]]]].
* Funerals and memorials are sometimes given [[{{Pun}} grave importance]] in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', there's a grave in Elfland marked for either "[[VideoGame/DragonQuest Erdrick]]" in the original North American release, or "[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]]" in subsequent remakes.
** At the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', Krile visits the Elder Tree in memory of [[spoiler:her grandfather, Galuf, who died there protecting everyone from Exdeath]]. The flowers then bloom all across the screen and the triumphant theme music roars as the party [[RidingIntoTheSunset rides (or flies) across the world]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', [[spoiler:General Leo]], slain while trying to stop the {{omnicidal|Maniac}} [[MonsterClown clown]] from murdering the Espers, is given a memorial grave in the town of Thamasa.
*** Likewise, [[spoiler:Setzer's lost love and rival, Darryl]], was laid to rest in a sprawling (but derelict) catacomb that also houses [[spoiler:her airship, the Falcon]].
*** ...but on the other hand, [[spoiler:Cid's body is never properly tended to]]. If you take that route, it just stays there on the bed for the remainder of the game.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Aerith is entombed at the lake just outside the Forgotten Capital, symbolic of her body returning to join the Planet's Lifestream. (Though there is a small bit of FridgeLogic regarding the depth of that lake.)
** Visiting the blasted ruins of Trabia Garden in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' can be a TearJerker if you take the time to visit the makeshift graveyard, and speak to the [=NPCs=] whose friends perished in the attack.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Black Mages are typically mindless automatons crafted from the supernatural Mist. Thus, the few that have achieved sentience have no concept of death, only that their friends have "stopped moving." One of them buries his friend in the ground in hopes that he'll wake up soon, and thinks of washing him at the river when he does. It even extends to villains (sort of). [[spoiler: Queen Brahne]] is taken back and buried in Alexandria in Disk 2's finale. Meanwhile Zidane also stays behind to make sure [[spoiler: Kuja]] doesn't die alone.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', people killed in the midst of tragedy or negative emotions run the risk of becoming Fiends. Therefore, Summoners are entrusted with the task of the Sending -- a sombre ritual dance casting their souls to the Farplane to find peaceful rest. [[TearJerker/FinalFantasyX One of the most striking scenes in the game]] involves Yuna performing a Sending dance for the innocent victims of [[EldritchAbomination Sin's]] rampage on the little town of Kilika.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the game shows the Pelican wing that has been improvised into a memorial with the number "117" marked on it in tribute to the Master Chief (MIA). The UNSC doesn't allow Spartan soldiers to be listed as dead, only MIA. Usually, but not always, because they NeverFoundTheBody.
* In ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'', the final scene post-credits is of [[spoiler:Jeanne and Roger visiting Domremy's chapel to pray for Liane's soul]].
* [[TearJerker/{{Persona3}} The funeral of]] [[spoiler:[[SacrificialLion Shinjiro Aragaki]]]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. Although the school's headmaster and a few schoolmates couldn't care less for the person (and get called out on it by the heroes,) [[spoiler:Akihiko]]'s [[Heartwarming/{{Persona3}} visit to the memorial is one of the most poignant scenes in the franchise]].
** And for the rest of the game, on landing the killing blow in a battle, [[spoiler:Akihiko]] will sometimes shout, "You see that, [[spoiler:Shinji]]?"
* The Nobodies of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', pitiable creatures who vanish into nothingness upon death, erected monuments called "Proof of Existence" in the deepest sanctum of their fortress, simply so they could be remembered. The fact these monuments are shaped like gravestones and slabs, bearing their owner's description and WeaponOfChoice, is no coincidence.
* In a somewhat odd reversal of this trope ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' has the BigBad Galcian killing off WorthyOpponent Gregorio after the latter performs a HeelFaceTurn to let the heroes escape. Galcian orders the corpse preserved and shipped back to Valua -- their homeland, which he just defected from -- for a proper burial, stating to the soldier responsible that the corpse is more valuable than the man's own life.
** However, it's likely that this proper burial never happens given Galcian's actions soon after killing Gregorio; [[spoiler: summoning the [[DeathFromAbove Rains of Destruction]] on Valua, an event that kills most of Valua's population.]]
** Later, a more straight 'hero respects the villain' usage happens [[spoiler:when Vyse gives what's left of Ramirez a traditional burial at sky]].
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', you can save two little orphan ghosts who died during a town's flood by getting their orphanage master to bury their bones.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has the eponymous city literally riddled with monuments and statues to various heroes who died over the years in a heroic manner. There's at least one such massive statue in every single game zone, at least on the hero side.
* Some Players in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' make sure to pay their respects to [[spoiler: Bill]] with a 21-gun salute. Usually only in scavenger rounds. Otherwise the infected would keep interrupting.
* In ''VideoGame/ConquestsOfTheLongbow'', Robin makes sure that Friar Tuck gives all of the men he kills in the forest/highway a proper burial. Except one - [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil the would-be rapist]].
* After being killed by monsters, [[spoiler: Briggs is buried at sea]] in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn''.
* Dwarves in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' get unhappy thoughts if their dead pets or comrades are left to rot. [[spoiler: In more recent versions, dwarves that didn't receive a proper burial or memorial now come back as ghosts to haunt the living. As of [=DF2012=], if a Necromancer dwarf ends up as this, [[NightmareFuel/DwarfFortress they can still raise corpses, including their own]].]]
* An [[BlueAndOrangeMorality odd]] version of this appears in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. The Qunari don't have traditional funeral rites because they believe that once a person dies the body is just a piece of rotting flesh and nothing more -- the soul has left the body and it isn't that person anymore. They treat the fallen's ''swords'' with much more respect since they believe that their swords are manifestations of their souls. In Act III [[spoiler:after you foil the Qunari invasion]] a Qunari asks you to retrieve several lost Qunari blades so that he may return them to their homeland. Do this without asking for money in return and he thanks you by giving you your own personal Qunari weapon and tells you to treat it as your own soul.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darwinia}}'', if you see a bunch of Darwinians get killed, chances are pretty good that you'll see a bunch of kites launched as the souls drift upwards off the playing field.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Travis refuses to let Sylvia and company "clean up" the body of the third-ranked assassin, a cosmonaut who had returned to Earth for the first time in decades. Travis insists that he be left where he is, to be with the Earth he had so missed, [[TogetherInDeath finally with her once more in death.]]
* When a named character (even the player character, if the player screws up) dies in the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series, more often than not there's a funeral {{cutscene}}, with a 21 gun salute as the character's coffin [[BurialInSpace drifts off into space]].
* The G ending in ''The VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 4'' has G [[spoiler:paying his respects to James at the site where James [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] to destroy [[FinalBoss The World]]]], followed by swearing to fight the ZombieApocalypse back to the source (which he does [[{{Prequel}} in the previous game]]).
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Arkay, one of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra and a member of the Nine Divines]], is known as the God of Life and Death. The Priests of Arkay oversee all funerary and burial rights, which include bestowing Arkay's Blessing and Law. These prevent the soul or body (respectively) of the deceased from being used in necromancy. However, when Mannimarco [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to godhood]] as the God of Worms during the Warp in the West event, he became a celestial body that orbits Arkay. When he eclipses Arkay, this protection is blocked, allowing Grand Soul Gems to be converted to Black Soul Gems which are capable of [[YourSoulIsMine trapping sapient souls]].
** Despite Arkay being one of the deities of their official religion, Imperial law was always a bit more flexible, considering the body and soul of a person to be possessions. This allowed them to be sold, traded, or willed away as any other property. Necromancy wasn't even illegal in the Septim Empire, as long as the dead being used was a willing volunteer.
** When [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]] feel they are nearing the end of their lives, they will travel to one of their [[HolyGround burial grounds]] to die. If a Giant dies elsewhere, other Giants will carry the body to one of the burial grounds.
** This is part of the reason given for the [[MagicalSociety Mages Guild]] putting a [[BanOnMagic ban on necromancy]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''. Prior to that, necromancy was originally practiced within the Guild in accordance with the local laws and customs. Practitioners of necromancy are understandably upset by the move, and the resulting schism leads to eventual downfall of the Guild entirely.
** During the late Merethic Era, the ancient [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]] ({{Precursors}} of the modern [[HornyVikings Nords]]) went to war with Skyrim's native [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] after the Falmer sacked and slaughtered the Atmoran colony of Saarthal in Skyrim, with the Atmorans going so far as to [[FinalSolution attempt to drive the Falmer to extinction]]. After nearly wiping them out on the mainland, the Atmorans pursued the remaining Falmer to the barren, frozen island of Solstheim. During the Falmer's LastStand at the Battle of the Moesring, an individual known only as the [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Snow Prince]] [[OneManArmy single-handedly]] turned the tide of the battle, [[HeroKiller killing many prominent Atmoran heroes]] in the process. However, the daughter of one of the slain warriors [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks threw her mother's sword]] in grief and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] the Snow Prince, killing him. Unlike the remains of his fellow Falmer, which were burned as per Atmoran tradition, the Snow Prince was considered a WorthyOpponent and was buried with full honors befitting any great warrior, with guards even stationed at his tomb, which would one day become Jolgeirr Barrow.
* An interesting case in ''VideoGame/GodHand'': when Elvis (a massive demon) sees a pair of lesser demons mocking a corpse and casually tossing it into a grave, he flips out and punches them over the horizon with a shout of "You should show the bodies some ''respect!''" He then kneels and prays for the deceased. [[spoiler:After Elvis's own destruction, Shannon, another of the Four Devas, has a massive statue of him built in her territory.]]
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'':
** Despite having been described in-universe as the most hated god on Mount Olympus, it's revealed in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' that the other Olympians nonetheless gave Ares a proper resting place, freeing his corpse in ice in the aptly-named Tomb of Ares.
** As also revealed in ''III'', after Kratos killed Persephone in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarChainsOfOlympus'', Hades buried her in a decorated coffin, despite the fact that she hated her forced marriage to Hades so much that [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum she was willing to destroy the entire world just to be free of it]].
** ''VideoGame/GodOfWarAscension'': After {{Mercy Kill}}ing Orkos at the latter's request, thus finally freeing him from his bond with Ares, Kratos takes the time to give him a proper funeral pyre in the ruins of his old home.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MightAndMagic Might & Magic X: Legacy]]'', Pirate King Crag Hack makes a HeroicSacrifice to weaken the BigBad so the player can slay him. At the epilogue of the main game, his funeral, where Governor Jon Morgan - his estranged son - gives the eulogy, is brief but sad:
-->'''Morgan:''' For some he was a pirate. A barbarian. A criminal. He was all of these things, but yet, he was so much more. To me, there's really only one word that fully captures who he was. Crag Hack was a hero. And a father.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': This shows the difference in honor between Ornstein and Smough, when they absorb their dead partner's body. If Smough dies first, Ornstein will observe a moment of silence for his fallen comrade (the fact that he's in the middle of battle precludes any further funeral services). If Ornstein dies first, however, Smough will unceremoniously crush the body with his giant hammer. And Smough wonders why nobody in Anor Londo likes him...
* ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'': Sebastian can drop a match onto any corpse, which immolates the entire body into ash. This includes any dead civilians, effectively a funeral pyre that takes less than 10 seconds. The inaccuracy of the effects of fire on a corpse are justified with a combination of LotusEaterMachine and YourMindMakesItReal.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': Several missions that can be performed for the Tree Clan involve their version of a funeral: placing the deceased's body in a field and watching it get devoured by wild beasts. It sounds barbaric at first, but the solemnity with which the Tree Clan treat the custom and their explanations of how it ties into [[InHarmonyWithNature their belief system]] make it clear that it honors the dead and is of tremendous importance to them.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'':
** Batman can come across Crime Alley, the site of [[DeathByOriginStory his parents' murder]], and the player is given the option to pay their respects. If he does so, Batman kneels down and bows his head, as somber music plays in the background.
** At the end of the game, when Joker succumbs to his Titan poisoning and dies, Batman carries his body all the way out of Arkham City, placing it on the hood of a GCPD police car before leaving in silence.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', Welkin and Alicia's kind treatment of a wounded Imperial scout and subsequent burial of his body when he passes away is used to contrast with the Imperials' previous [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene indiscriminate massacre of retreating civilians]].
* Most people in ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' have a patchy understanding of death at best, since they're all robots of one stripe or another who can have their consciousness transferred to a new body (either by core transplant or network download) should their current body be destroyed. The only ones who can die permanently are resistance androids, and since they haven't had contact with humanity in thousands of years, their imitation of funeral rites is based on poorly-understood cultural remnants - something they admit openly, but they feel they have to do ''something'' to honor their fallen friends. It comes to a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] point when [[spoiler:9S plants a flag made of the deceased 2B's blindfold in a field of Lunar Tear flowers, admitting out loud that he doesn't know why. The memorial is visible on the title screen from then on.]]

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', after [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Goku]] gets his [[spoiler:brain disintegrated thanks to [[EyeBeams Heat Vision]] and powers down to normal form from SSGSS at the end of the rematch]], [[Main/NeckLift his neck]] is let go and he begins falling towards the ground, [[Characters/SupermanTheCharacter Kal-El]] accompanies the falling corpse before grabbing the Saiyan's body and cradling it as he flies towards the ground, choosing and preferring to prevent Goku's body from landing in an undignified crumpled heap.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', the ghosts Secret saw after becoming an Abyssal just wanted some funeral rites. She did the best she could.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Elan's lament over [[spoiler:Roy]]'s death.
** Not to mention the rather impressive gravestone he gave to [[spoiler:Therkla]].
** Durkon [[TearfulSmile cries for joy]] on hearing that his dead body will be returned home for proper burial.
** [[spoiler:Redcloak has an epiphany during the invasion of Azure City and from then on refuses to allow goblinoids (including hobgoblins) to be raised as zombies, and reduces his reliance on WeHaveReserves into the bargain.]] This is a point of CharacterDevelopment as he had previously been a FantasticRacist regarding hobgoblins and this marks the end of his--er, [[{{Dehumanization}} Degoblinization]]?--of them.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Harkovast}}'', the Darsai perform a funeral rite of burying the dead, drinking beer and singing. The bodies of The Nameless (their enemies), they simply burn, since they do not view them as people. Chen-Chen, a Tsung-Dao, finds the concept of burying bodies in the holes in the ground very odd, as her people normally burn their dead.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': The Jaegers recovering Lars's body. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070209 And -- "So ven hyu bury him, make sure he gots a hat."]]
** Also, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050513 performing next to dead bodies is disrespectful -- and unhygenic]]
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120402 Moloch insists that those who die in the Castle get buried, not used for experiments.]]
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' uses this as a gag in ''[[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=223 Stomp]]'', as a form of PlayerPunch[=/=]YouBastard to anyone who's ever played a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] game.
* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', by Ursula Vernon: The Hyena-people eat a portion of the deceased's liver (and possibly other organs) to symbolize that the dead continue on in the memories of the living. How the deceased died, and at who's hands, is also very important - being killed by a member of their own race is practically taboo, and the representative sent to find out who had killed one of their warriors almost has a HeroicBreakdown when she finds out that the folks who did it were also Hyenas. Resolving this so that the warrior is still considered to have been treated with respect is a major plot point and results in the main character (Digger, a wombat) having to eat a chunk of hyena liver [[spoiler:and getting rather ill afterwards; wombats aren't carnivores, and carnivore liver is fairly toxic]].
** The "skins", lizards that dwell in the cave system where [[spoiler:He-Is's heart is kept]], honor the dead by taking, tanning, and tattooing their skin as an artifact. [[spoiler: After Ed's death, Digger allows them to honor him this way, since Ed had befriended the skins as a fellow tattoo artist.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'': [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F077a.jpg He insists on a burial even though corpses vanish on their own.]]
** It appears that, with the existence of [[{{Necromancer}} Croakamancy]] (and later [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead decryptian]]]]), it's considered the most due to the croaked is allowing their bodies to vanish, rather than puppeting them around.
** When Wanda was enslaved to Haffaton, she adopted the practice of setting up monuments for the croaked, regardless of their side, that would carry records of everything of their lives she had managed to learn (a practice that everybody who hears of it finds novel).
* ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'': [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/88.htm Meela uses the dead man's cabin to form his funeral pyre.]]
* Webcomic/WoodenRose: [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter4/85.html A funeral with the daughters in mourning]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'': [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-ninety-nine/ Adramelech objects to picking up the feathers: "Have some respect for the dead, son!"]]
* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}} [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2004/06/12/ Commerating the dead]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' comics based on the [[WebComic/NuzlockeComics Nuzlocke Challenge]], the player character will often make a stop at Pokemon Tower or Mount Pyre to remember their fallen pokes and make offerings.
* In ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'', [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch03-pg09/ Coal does not like robbing the dead]].
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', the ShowWithinAShow ''Rebel Cry'' has [[http://www.rhjunior.com/nip-and-tuck-0716/ the admiral insist on providing a proper funeral for the hero.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AmericanBarbarian'', [[http://www.ambarb.com/?p=110 Rick carries the bodies of his father and brothers to their graves.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0193.html after the raise dead fails.]] [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0192.html Grief having already been somewhat alleviated by the knowledge that Pauline is happy in the afterlife.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheRedStar'', the train has a sign [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-1/page-8/ silence equals respect]].
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'', Sandra says one day, let's go see Mom. [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/01/15/0025-an-overdue-visit/ Next panel shows her putting flowers on the grave]], and Woo observing that while he was expecting belly rubs, he still is very glad they visited. Comes across as a ''TearJerker'' in contrast to many of the other strips.
* In Episode Three, ''Webcomic/SpaceKid'' creates a "ComicStrip/{{Terry and the Pirates}}" -esque burial mound of rocks for crash victims.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'', [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/mulberry/index.php?issue=13&pageType=index&seriesID=4 one story]] includes a scene in which Mulberry and her friends attend Series/VeronicaMars' funeral, following the untimely cancellation of Mars' TV show.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* After the first battle of the Tower in ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'', those who were killed were given a funeral complete with [[TheDeadHaveNames the reading of their names.]]
* Even though WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic didn't leave a body behind in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', the TGWTG crew still gave him a funeral in honor of him saving the world. When he comes back, [[CameBackWrong he]] mocks them for it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MadJackThePirate'': Mad Jack's Uncle Mortimer wished to be buried at the Island of [[Creator/HannaBarbera Hanna-Barbarian]]. In fact, taking his corpse there was [[OnOneCondition one of the conditions]] Mad Jack had to fulfill to be allowed to collect the inheritance Uncle Mortimer left him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road to Rhode Island", Brian goes to visit his mother, and he's shocked to see that not only she has died, but her stuffed body is used as a table. He ends up stealing her body and giving her a (more or less) proper burial.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode "Code of Hero", after [[spoiler: Dinobot sacrifices his life to save the proto-humans]], the Maximals recycle his remains out of respect of his [[spoiler:Predacon]] heritage.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter", following the ([[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated apparent]]) death of ComicBook/{{Superman}}, a funeral is held for him in First Metropolis Cathedral, attended not only by his fellow League members, but a host of characters from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' and other heroes from the DCU such as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and his wife Mera. This is considered one of the sadder episodes in the series since the first half focuses on his death and the attempts of his teammates to come to terms with it, but it also makes for some touching scenes: ComicBook/{{Lex|Luthor}} [[AntagonistInMourning Luthor]] shows up to [[AntagonistInMourning pay his respects]] as well, ComicBook/MartianManhunter gives a touching eulogy about the example Superman set and how they should strive to pass it along to honour his memory and even ComicBook/{{Batman}}, who hitherto has refused to accept that Superman died, goes to his burial site to voice his respect for him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': It's revealed in the episode "Ace in the Hole" that every year, on the anniversary of his parents' murder, Bruce Wayne travels to Crime Alley, the site of said murder, and leaves a bouquet of flowers on the spot where they died. It was during one such visit that he met his loyal dog, Ace.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In the penultimate episode of Season 4, "Requiem," Splinter is killed by Shredder. The next episode, "Owari," begins with Splinter's funeral; he is buried on April's family farm in North Hampton, with the Turtles themselves and their allies, including the Mighty Mutanimals and April's father, in attendance.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Social animals other than humans, such as elephants, cows, apes, monkeys, magpies, ravens and others have been documented to mourn their dead, or at least to consistently behave in ways very similar to human mourning.
* It is traditional in Europe and the United States at public gatherings, particularly sports matches, to mark the passing of someone notable in that field or a notable tragedy with a minute's silence or, at times, applause. An adult breaking this silence can lead to anything from evil looks to public vilification to near lynching, with a few very rare exceptions - for instance, the AC Milan fans spontaneously singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone', the club anthem of Liverpool FC, during a minute's silence a matter of days after 96 Liverpool fans were killed at the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.
* A fallen boxer is sometimes remembered by what's known as "The Final Ten Count". The announcer states the memorial and cues the timekeeper, who then rings the bell ten times to signify the fighter falling for the last time.
* Military funeral traditions are about as old as militaries. In the West, various tributes to fallen warriors persist such as the Riderless Horse (for colonels and other important leaders) and the Missing Man Formation (for pilots).
* After his skeletal remains were rediscovered 530 years after his death, left in a pauper's grave at Greyfriars in Leicester and in modern times forgotten and paved over with a parking lot, {{Usefulnotes/Richard III}}'s exhumed remains were reinterred at nearby Leicester Cathedral with the full honors befitting a king of England, including the presence of the Archibishop of Canterbury. Surprisingly, there were still some who saw this as controversial - given that for five centuries Richard III had been vilified as the evilest king in English history (though the Richard III society insists this was Tudor propaganda).
* After the massacre of forty-nine people at the Orlando nightclub and the slaying of the mass murderer, the Orange County coroner's office did something unprecedented. When it came time to autopsy the killer, they didn't do it in the building as where his victims lay in wait. The doctors refused to allow the man to in the same building as his victims out of respect for those who were killed.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* The ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' manga has Wyald establishing his monster credentials in a big way by not only [[spoiler:raping and murdering a woman who helped the Hawks as well as the girls in her care]], but also [[spoiler:[[DeadGuyOnDisplay carrying their naked, dismembered bodies into battle with the Hawks]]]].
* In the ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' manga, when Aion kills Pandaemonium, he cuts off her head and then mercilessly hacks up her body. [[spoiler:However, considering that Pandaemonium is the body of his human mother, Lilith, grafted onto the body of the demon's HiveQueen, Aion views it as "freeing" her, and probably also as revenge for the desecration the demons subjected his mother's body to.]] Also, throughout the series several demons are shown as being cruel, disgusting or evil because of their treatment of the bodies of their human victims.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' shows both ends of this trope. On the evil end:
** Lupin himself is declared dead on occasion. Pops is either GenreSavvy or obsessed enough not to believe it. He will assault the corpse to prove it isn't really Lupin. The rest of the gang mourns him in their respective ways. The service is very small, no family in attendance.
** LighterAndSofter stories where the villain die have a GoryDiscretionShot, dying painfully and ignored.
** DarkerAndEdgier stories have no discretion, but the gang may choose to honor their enemy by watching them die, or turn their backs on the enemy.
* Zig-zagged in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Dio desecrates Jonathan's remains in the worst way possible when he takes over his body for his own use. Supplementary materials reveal that Dio actually feels conflicted over doing this to one of the only people he ever respected, but he also believes that Jonathan's body is the only worthy vessel for his rebirth.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/TheFlash'': When Barry Allen killed Professor Zoom, the Rogues' Gallery stole the body, laid him out with his costume draped on the coffin... and furiously denounced Zoom for tarnishing their reputation by getting killed and ''blew up the coffin''.
* ''ComicBook/AgeOfTheWolf'': Civilized werewolves bury their dead in rituals that involve HumanSacrifice.
* In early episodes of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', the ''Bloom Picayune'' would often engage in MaliciousSlander. however:
--> '''Milo''' ''(typing}'': ''And thereby, our conclusion is that Councilman Hunzinker is a pin-headed old demagogue.''
-->'''Opus:''' Excuse me, sir, I thought you'd like to know that Councilman Hunzinker just kicked the bucket.
-->''(BeatPanel as Milo crosses out what he typed.)''
--> '''Milo''' ''(typing again}'': ''Councilman Hunzinker was a sharp-witted elder statesman.''

[[folder: Fairy Tales]]
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/47junipertree.html The Juniper Tree]]" and in "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/hanselgretel/stories/rosetree.html The Rose Tree]]", the WickedStepmother kills the stepchild, cooks the body, and serves the dish to the child's father.

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'': [[{{Pirate}} Kyouaku]]'s EstablishingCharacterMoment, among other things, shows that his standard procedure for people who die during his naval battles is to throw their bodies overboard, regardless of whether they were friend or foe.
* Evil is a stretch, but in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', the fact that Laurel's parents went against her wishes (see above) by having her embalmed, given an open casket funeral, and buried (with a pitiful tombstone) is used to show just how little they cared about what she wanted. Dean's inability to prevent any of this is a major source of guilt for him. Still, it worked out since she came BackFromTheDead.

* In horror films, the classic reason why the {{mummy}} stirred was to avenge itself on those who broke into the tomb. Indeed, more generally this trope is a persistent theme in horror films. One example: ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror1979'', where the basis for the haunted nature of the house is (eventually) revealed to be the fact it was built on an ancient IndianBurialGround. Not ''just'' an IndianBurialGround, but one used for Indians who were [[AxCrazy insane]] or had some lingering illness. And then later it was used by [[EvilSorcerer devil worshipping witches]]. And ''then'' [[TooDumbToLive someone built a house there]].
* In ''Film/TheSearchers'', one of the big clues that Ethan Edwards is [[AntiHero not John Wayne's usual role]] is the scene where he uncovers a dead Comanche warrior and shoots his eyes. As he explains, the Comanche believe that you need your eyes to enter the spirit world -- by shooting the eyes out, he'd just condemned that warrior to wander the Earth as a ghost.
* ''Film/{{Charade}}'' plays this for laughs: Audrey Hepburn is attending the lying-in-state of her husband when three former associates show up, one by one. One begins sneezing violently, causing the widow's best friend to remark that he must've known the dead man very well: he's allergic to him. Another holds a mirror to the corpse's nostrils to check for breathing. And the third slams open the church door, strides in fiercely, and jabs a pin into the dead man's hand. Audrey's wide-eyed look is hilarious.
* The eponymous ''Film/{{Predator}}'' prizes the skulls of worthy prey as valuable trophies, like a human game hunter mounting the heads of animals he's killed on his wall.
** In the Expanded Universe, Predators without honor are hunted, their bodies dismembered and desecrated, and their heads disposed of, as opposed to being kept as a trophy. It seems that the Predators see keeping a skull as an honor not just for prey but for themselves as well.
* In ''Film/AChristmasCarol2009'', we start off with Jacob Marley's death and his corpse being prepared for burial with two pennies covering his eyes to pay Charon. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Scrooge pockets them for his own.]]
* In ''Film/ThirteenAssassins'', Lord Naritsugu kicks the severed head of his own loyalest subject, who just gave out his life to defend Naritsugu. When the hero calls him out for it, Naritsugu shrugs it off.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the crew comes across the village where Book has been living peacefully having been completely slaughtered by The Operative's forces. Mal decides to use the bodies to camouflage Serenity to sneak past the Reavers orbiting the planet Miranda, which (naturally), his crew finds completely disgusting. Mal [[DirtyBusiness probably didn't feel especially good about it either]], but it ''does'' enable the crew to bring the man chiefly responsible for their murder to something like justice, ([[spoiler: not to mention start the ball rolling on doing the same for thirty million more innocent victims]]) so there's that.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Anaconda}}''. Sarone was a [[SinisterMinister former priest]], so he holds a eulogy for a recently deceased crew member after the Anaconda devoured him in front of everyone. However, his prayer is so half-hearted and insincere that [[{{Jerkass}} he just comes off as a prick instead]], especially since Sarone is directly responsible for the guy's death and his weeping girlfriend is sitting right next to him.
* ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter''. The federal marshal whose death was arranged by the townspeople is buried in an unmarked grave, and the idea that such a man can't rest without a marker is lampshaded. At the end of the movie the [[NoNameGiven Stranger]] (who may or may not be the marshal's avenging spirit) arranges for a gravestone to be made before vanishing into the distance.
* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'': Balian's wife is denied Christian burial as a suicide. She's buried at the crossroads and beheaded. TruthInTelevision for the time. However, the priest really shouldn't have [[BerserkButton rubbed this in his face]].

* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the siege of Gondor features heads, struck from the dead, being launched into the city via catapult to horrify the defenders.
** In ''Two Towers'' when Théoden throws off Saruman's enchanting voice, he cites the mutilation of Hama's corpse (along with the [[ChildrenAreInnocent dead children]]) as proof that Saruman does not deserve peace.
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', we have such examples as [[spoiler: Fingon]]'s body being beating into the ground even after he dies, and [[spoiler:Finduilas']] body being pinned to a tree for her rescuers to find. And after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, the bodies of the fallen Men and Elves are piled up into a hill as a monument to Morgoth's victory. There's also a thwarted example. After (narrowly) killing Fingolfin, Morgoth ordered his werewolves to tear apart his body and eat it, only for Thorondor to swoop in and carry Fingolfin's body away to where it could be properly honored.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Ghostmaker'', patrolling Ghosts find one of their number not only dead but mutilated.
** In ''Blood Pact'', Chaos forces unpack; they had used corpses and blood to seal up what they shipped -- some of it inside the corpses. Later, Gaunt recounts how Slaydo's body had been mutilated after his death.
* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' books, the founders of a family, a couple, were immigrating, until the woman declared that she would not get back on the ship: "Here I stay." When she died, her husband had it written on her gravestone. (His family have therefore made it a rule that you ''never'' hold grudges against the dead, and always attend the funeral and the like.)
* Creator/AndreNorton:
** In ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'', the prehistoric tribe is set to cremate their chief with great honor. Too great: they intend to kill Ross Murdock on it as a sacrifice.
** In ''Literature/TheBeastMaster'', Hosteen Storm taunted a character he had realized was an alien: recounting all the aliens' funerary customs and how he won't get them, because no one will realize he died.
** In ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', Ziantha revives in the past the body of a war captive offered in Turan's tomb. Her companion revives Turan -- and when they confront his widow, accuses her of disloyalty, since she had often pledged that she would bury ''herself'' with him, and instead sent him a mortal enemy.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', Pteppic is presented the case of a handmaiden who refused to be killed for the last king's funeral. When he asks if it was voluntary, the priest agreed that yes, it was, and she didn't volunteer.
* In "Sonnet 68" Creator/WilliamShakespeare laments the decline from the GoodOldWays; they did not use to take hair from corpses for wigs.
* In Stephen Hunt's ''The Court of the Air'', steam men decry that humans loot their bodies. Silver Onestack is regarded as an abomination because humans cobbled him together from three steam men, whose souls are therefore held captive. King Steam and the steam men, while not willing to kill him, refuse to help him, and Silver Onestack thinks it's cowardice on his part not to free them by dying.
* During the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Battle of Hogwarts]], Voldemort tries to make himself into the good guy by pausing the battle, supposedly so the heroes could collect their dead. Really, though, he's just waiting for Harry to come face him -- and then proceeds to desecrate Harry's corpse after killing him. [[spoiler:Except that Harry's ''still alive.'']] Also, several characters express disgust at the fact that Voldemort broke open Dumbledore's tomb to obtain the Elder Wand.
* As per history, Griboyedov's corpse is torn into pieces and mutilated in other fascinating ays while being paraded across Tehran by an angry mob in ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar''.
* In ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', after shooting his captive prey Buffalo Bill skins (and in one case scalps) their corpses and dumps them in a river, where they wash up on the muddy shores bloated, rotting and nude. Hannibal Lecter, the novel's other serial killer, butchered, cooked and ate parts of some of his victims, but he also did other things with their bodies, often with an artistic element. [[spoiler: When he escapes he kills the two officers guarding him and uses a pocketknife to cut the face off one of them to use as a disguise to get himself carried out of the building.]] In the movie the other officer is partially skinned and strung up on the bars of Lecter's cage to resemble a butterfly. Not only is this a reference to two important elements of Buffalo Bill's M.O., it is also a reference to a Francis Bacon painting.
* In ''Literature/TheIliad'', Achilles secured Hector's body to his chariot after killing him, and circled the city thrice with the corpse in tow. For the era, this was regarded as crossing the MoralEventHorizon, and sealed his doom in the eyes of the gods. Now, Achilles is known more for [[AchillesHeel how he died]] than how he didn't. However, after Priam, Hector's father came to him in person, Achilles regretted his actions, and gave Hector's body to him, so he did eventually have a proper funeral.
* In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Agamemnon tells Odysseus:
-->''As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not [[DiesWideOpen close my eyes]] as I descended into Hades.''
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', after murdering [[spoiler:Robb Stark in the [[MoralEventHorizon Red Wedding]], the Freys desecrate his corpse by decapitating it and sewing the head of his direwolf Grey Wind in its place]].
** Also as part of that same incident [[spoiler: the Frey's dumped the body of Robb's mother, Catelyn Tully Stark, in the river as a mockery of the funeral customs of House Tully. [[BackFromTheDead That one is going to come back to haunt them..]]]].
** In the fifth book, Lady Dustin reveals to Theon that if she gets her hands on [[spoiler:Eddard Stark's]] bones, she'll ''feed them to her dogs''.
* One of the first scenes in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' is a vision Belisarius has of a BadFuture where the Malwa attack Constantinople using the bodies of Belisarius's wife Antonina, his stepson Photius, and his best friend Sittas as their banners. Belisarius isn't really disturbed by this: he believes that Sittas, Photius, and Antonina are in Heaven and doesn't care all that much what happens to their bodies -- except that he does note that in this world, Antonina died of the plague, and the Malwa priests who dug up her body and are carrying it around probably aren't doing themselves any favors...

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', after killing Jenny Calendar, Angelus takes her body to Giles' apartment and places it in his bed before the latter arrives. Then, Angelus sets up his living room as if for "romantic evening" with champagne, roses, music and a note that says "upstairs." When Giles arrives he believes Jenny, with whom he has just reconciled, is expecting him...
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had the crew get caught up in a conflict between two warring species, at least one of whom brainwashes aliens to serve as grunt troops (in this case, Chakotay) and convince them their opponents are horrific monsters. One of the crimes the "nemesis" soldiers commit in this training is the regular desecrating of fallen soldiers. It is never revealed if this species actually does this, but they accuse their opponents of the very same crimes.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "The Grell", an alien race stranded on Earth are treated as slaves, with plenty of FantasticRacism to go around. One such example is that soldiers will often leave the bodes tied to the ground face-up, spitting in the face of traditional face-down burial which allows their souls to move on properly.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Battlefield'', Morgaine puts her invasion of the Earth on hold when she finds a war memorial. When TheBrigadier finds them, they're in the middle of a ceremony to honour their enemy's dead; he agrees to a truce until the ceremony is over.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Mago challenges and insults Khal Drogo after the latter sides with Daenarys in an argument. Right before killing Mago in a rather one-sided fight, Drogo tells Mago that he's going to let vermin devour Mago's corpse.
** As in the books [[spoiler: Robb Stark's corpse is decapitated after death and his direwolf's head is impaled on the stump. Here though we get to see it in all it's gory glory as it is tied to a horse and paraded in front of his dead and dying men, while in the books we only heard about it second-hand]].
** The White Walkers arrange the corpses of their victims into grisly "art" [[spoiler:in a manner similar to the original ritual the Children of the Forest used to turn a man into the first White Walker]] before raising them as wights.

* Music/TheBeatles, in their song "Taxman", satirized what they saw as the draconian tax laws of Great Britain. The last verse implied that, in the eyes of the tax collector, a Due to the Dead was less important than a due to the government;
-->"And my advice for those who die,\\
Declare the pennies on your eyes."

* The painting of Albert Edelfelt: ''Duke Karl Insulting the Corpse of Klas Fleming''. It is depicting a probably fictional episode of the Swedish Civil War when the [[UsefulNotes/NotableSwedishMonarchs Regent Karl]] burst into the room where the body of his enemy, Admiral Klas Fleming's body lay, pulled on his beard and insulted him in front of her widow.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Both Orks and Chaos forces use corpses and heads as trophies. The Orks in particular only do it to enemies they considered worthy of it - think of it as ValuesDissonance.
** There's also the Kroot, who don't go in for skulls so much as rib cuts and sweetbreads. And they do it to their fallen brethren as well as foes. Since they absorb genetic traits from what they eat, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality consumption is an act of respect in their culture]]. The greatest dishonor to an enemy is to be "left on the side of the plate," as it were.
** The Necrons have the Flayed Ones, who wear their enemy's flesh as a hide.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' (the fantasy version), the necromancer Heinrich Kemmler seems to really get a kick out of desecrating tombs and playing around with corpses. There was this one time when he re-animated a bunch of zombies and then [[BodyHorror merged them together into a spider-like creature]] just to see if he could do it.
* The typical reaction to the death of an ally or honored friend by [[PlayerCharacter the players of any table top game?]] [[SociopathicHero Strip the dead of anything and everything of any remote value. Even, and especially, if they were a fellow PC.]] A necromantically-inclined PC may even reanimate their body as an undead meatshield.
** Any class-specific items belonging to a dead PC will likely be handed over to the next person of that class the heroes come across. From a metagaming standpoint, this makes perfect sense (since it's the dead [=PC's=] player's new character); in-character, though, it's pretty weird.
* Violating graves or desecrating corpses are among the many offenses that can be grounds for a Powers check in a TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} game. Not that this stops a hell of a lot of necromancers, golem-crafters, ghouls, and other baddies from doing it... For religions that place special emphasis on the sanctity of the dead, defiling a tomb is in fact considered an [[MoralEventHorizon Act of Ultimate Darkness]] that always gets the Dark Powers attention.

* Theatre/{{Sweeney Todd|TheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet}}'s victims tend to end up as meat pies at Mrs. Lovett's pieshop.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': Queen Gertrude's quick remarriage did not take a proper period of mourning:
-->'''Horatio''': My lord, I came to see your father's funeral.\\
'''Hamlet''': I prithee do not mock me, fellow-student.\\
I think it was to see my mother's wedding.\\
'''Horatio''': Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon.
** Played humorously in the opening number of ''Hamlet, Cha-cha-cha!'': "Boo-hoo! I do!"
* Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'' avenges the rape and mutilation of his daughter Lavinia by killing Queen Tamora's last two sons, and then, in a nod to the above fairy tales, bakes them into a giant meat pie which he then serves to Tamora before taking his final vengeance upon her.
** Aaron boasts of his evil deeds, including this one.
-->Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves,\\
And set them upright at their dear friends' doors,\\
Even when their sorrows almost were forgot;\\
And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,\\
Have with my knife carved in Roman letters,\\
'Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.'
* The Greek play ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' shows the importance of the fact that bodies of some Greek soldiers were left behind at Troy.
* The protagonist's late mother's body gets subjected to various indignities in Joe Orton's farce ''Loot''. At one point the original script had the corpse falling out of a closet onto her son. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatres_Act_1843 censor]] deemed this bit of business to be too shocking and insisted it be replaced with something else. Orton duly replaced the falling corpse with a speech where one of the other characters calls out the son for his shameless disrespect... not only has he stuffed his mother's in a closet, but ''[[spoiler: she's standing on her head.'']].

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* "Return to Ostagar," a {{D|ownloadableContent}}LC mission for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', has the protagonist find the body of [[spoiler:King Cailan]], which the darkspawn have stripped, crucified, and apparently used for target practice. The player may then decide whether to give the corpse a proper funeral pyre, cut it down, or simply leave it hanging there. Characters like [[KnightInSourArmour Alistair]], [[TeamMom Wynne]], [[TheAtoner Leliana]], [[BloodKnight Oghren]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sten]][[note]]whose own culture doesn't do anything special with their dead but presumably recognizes that it's generally done in Ferelden as a sign of respect[[/note]] will support proper treatment of the dead. Characters like [[{{Jerkass}} Morrigan]], [[PunchClockVillain Zevran]] and [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Loghain]]]] will find it a waste of effort, and support cutting it down and giving it to the wolves or leaving it there.
* Some of [[BigBad Harbinger's]] lines in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' involve leaving the dead where they fall, in addition to [[LargeHam yelling]] about how WeHaveReserves.
** He will also command his {{mooks}} to try to preserve Shepard's body. It is doubtful that he simply wants to give [[WorthyOpponent Shepard]] a proper burial.
** After Shepard's premature death in ''Mass Effect 2'', Cerberus (one of the villains from the first game) goes through quite a bit of effort to prevent the Shadow Broker from selling Shepard's corpse to the Collectors, to the point where they form [[EnemyMine an alliance]] with Liara T'Soni, one of Shepard's companions (and an alien, when Cerberus is staunchly xenophobic). Of course, [[PragmaticVillainy they only want the body so that they can bring Shepard back to life to stop the Reapers.]]
** Background material suggests that the batarians believe the soul exits the body through the eyes; therefore, mutilating the eyes of a dead batarian is thought to leave them BarredFromTheAfterlife. (This also makes them very worried about dying in vacuum, which leads to the eyes freezing and rupturing.)
** One of the first conversations in [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]] is about this, with the Paragon option being "Jenkins deserves a proper burial" and the Renegade being "leave him", although no matter what response you give, you're a bit too busy with the [[KillerRobot Geth]] trying to shoot you to give Jenkins a proper funeral at this stage.
* Some ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' players amount [[spoiler: using Bill's gun off his dead body]] to this.
* PlayedForLaughs with VideoGame/DukeNukem, who even shits down a dead alien's neck.
* Not necessarily ''evil'', ''per se'', but one of the songs in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' is called "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie". The second verse starts, "But we buried him there, on the lone prairie".
* B.J. Blazkowicz, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'', does this with the body of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in the finale of Episode 3, "Die Fuhrer Die," kicking his head off his remains and spitting on them.
* In ''Website/GaiaOnline'''s short-lived airship-journey game ''Frontier Skies'', one possible random event involved finding the body of someone recently killed by vampires. If you chose to bury the body, you'd lose time and points on your score, but if you tried to loot it you'd lose health, so the best thing to do was heartlessly abandon it.
* In ''VideoGame/RimWorld'', you can designate certain spots to be used as graves, or build a crematorium to dispose of bodies without taking up space (though the latter option is rather resource-intensive). Leaving human corpses unburied produces negative thoughts among your survivors, especially if they're of former fellow survivors.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', the crew who died when Atlanta's ship was wrecked have been raised as undead, which she considers a desecration.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, as mentioned above, the Aedric Divine Arkay protects the bodies and souls of the deceased. However, with [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Mannimarco]]'s ascension as the God of Worms, his plane can "eclipse" Arkay's, during which Arkay's Blessing (the protection of souls) can be worked around by allowing for the creation of Black Soul Gems (which can be used to capture sapient "black" souls). Arkay's Law remains unmovable, however. Mannimarco's [[TheOrder Order of the Black Worm]], a reclusive MagicalSociety mostly devoted to practicing TheDarkArts, constantly seek out other ways around Arkay's laws.

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* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0258.html Angelika thinks bringing on Emily so soon after Pauline's death is disrespectful.]] Really. Not jealousy at all.
* Tsukiko in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' reanimates plenty of corpses to serve as guards for [[spoiler:the newly-captured Azure City]]. Far later on, [[spoiler:Malack reanimates the corpse of Durkon after being forced to kill him. Although he partially did it because he didn't want to lose a dear friend]].

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* The trope was also lampshaded and parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': a shop owner suffering from an influx of evil pets explains how he selected the site of an Indian burial ground for his store, then dug up the bodies, pissed on them, and then reburied them the wrong way up. [[ItMakesSenseInContext He was drunk at the time.]]
* Megatron and Starscream in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' have no qualms with using Dark Energon to reanimate the bodies of dead Cybertronians, be they Autobot or Decepticon, into zombie Terrorcons under their control.
** In the episode "Alpha/Omega", Megatron breaks into the tomb of a dead Prime and chops an arm off the corpse to [[BadassTransplant graft onto his own body]], enabling him to use the Forge of Solus Prime to create the Dark Star Saber.
* Used tragically in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. [[spoiler:When one of the [[TykeBomb Daughters of Aku]] is killed by Jack, the other Daughters drag her body outside the temple and... just leave it there to rot. "Death is failure". The fact that they don't care about each other is eventually proven to be their FatalFlaw.]]