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-> ''"Everyone at the funeral felt a terrible sorrow at the loss of the Abbot, and the heavens, too, wept tears of grief."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''

''As if funerals weren't depressing enough, it's gotta rain, too.''

Weather has always been used [[EmpathicEnvironment symbolically]] when it comes to death. When characters die it's often overcast. Even when all the characters are doing is visiting someone's grave, the sky will be cloudy and the colors will seem to be washed out. But quite often, when there's an actual funeral, it's always raining (though sometimes [[SnowMeansDeath it'll be snowing]]). Or precisely at sunset. Or at night. Anything but in the bright, shiny daylight. It makes you wonder why nobody thought to check a weather forecast before scheduling the funeral.

This trope is a natural consequence of PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath, GraveClouds, and SnowMeansDeath. Helps explain why characters think they can get away with invoking SandInMyEyes: it's just raindrops.

Subtrope of GrayRainOfDepression. This trope is the {{sister|Trope}} and [[AvertedTrope direct opposite]] of ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals, and is usually part of a MeaningfulFuneral scene.

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



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** It rained during the Third Hokage's funeral.
** It rains when Asuma dies.
* Shirley's dad's funeral in the first season of ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Which probably doubles as a ShowerOfAngst of sorts for Shirley herself.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', it starts raining immediately when Kamina dies, and the rain keeps going for some time afterward. The skies eventually clear as soon as Nia enters the cast.
* The nice instrumental work for the funeral in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' is titled ''Drizzle''
* Episode 25 of ''Manga/DeathNote'' has L and Light talking for a bit on the rooftop of the investigation headquarters. It's raining particularly hard outside, leading to the infamous [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic foot-washing scene]] when they go back inside. Sometime later, ''OminousLatinChanting'' rears its head AGAIN as Rem kills both L and Watari. Cue an uncomfortable silence shortly filled by church bells.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', when Rosette takes a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind in [[TokenMiniMoe Azmaria's]] head, she's shown at a graveyard in the rain under a battered umbrella--but it's possible this is just a symbolic ShowerOfAngst, and isn't meant to depict an actual funeral. In the manga, a flashback to the funeral of Rosette and Joshua's parents is shown--it's snowing.
* In the anime ''Manga/OnePiece'', during Zoro's flashback, it rains at Kuina's funeral.
* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' anime it rains during the funeral for Kaede's mother.
* In the manga ''Manga/DengekiDaisy'', it is stated in Chapter 11 by Kurosaki that it rained the day Teru's brother died and that it continued to rain until his funeral was over.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', when Sayaka's body is recovered and she is given a proper funeral in episode 11, it immediately starts raining.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', it starts raining just before Grodek Ainoa gets stabbed to death by Arabel Zoi.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' Maes Hughes' funeral is accompanied by sunny weather... but not for Roy Mustang. The significance can be mentioned further, as it's been made clear before that Mustang's fire-based alchemy is useless in the rain.
-->'''Roy:''' Terrible day for rain.\\
'''Riza:''' But the sky is clear.\\
'''Roy:''' [[[ManlyTears covering his face with his cap as he begins to cry]]] [[SandInMyEyes It's raining.]]\\
'''Riza:''' Oh. So it is.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime ''Zanpakuto: The Alternate Tale" arc. In episode 255, after Muramasa's death it starts to rain.
* Erza's imaginary funeral in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Sun and Moon'', rain was part of the symbolism used to imply the death of the Stoutland that Litten was taking care of. Ash and Professor Kukui showed up with umbrellas as well, along with Meowth separately nearby, adding to the atmosphere of a funeral.
* During the epilogue of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', Joseph Joestar's funeral takes place in the rain. Overlaps with AttendingYourOwnFuneral when Joseph learns his caretaker (and new wife) forgot to send a telegram telling his friends and family what happened to him in the past month.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Giles' funeral in Season 8 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* It was raining so hard during the Comedian's funeral in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', the reader might get the impression that they were burying the man during a hurricane. Rorschach mentions that rain falls on the rich and poor alike.
* Wesley Dodds's funeral in both ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' and The DCU proper.
* At Michael Yee's funeral in ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' #6, it is neither raining nor snowing nor exactly sunset. Sara Pezzini [[LampshadeHanging complains]] about the uncooperative weather. She is insufficiently GenreSavvy to notice the symbolic fall colors all around her, it seems.
* Parodied in the ''Radioactive Man'' comic book (and yes, that's the same Radioactive Man from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''). When RM heroically dies (for something like the fifteenth time) his friends gather to pay their last respects during what appears to be a gloomy, rain-drenched funeral. In the next panel, we pull back to see that it's actually a beautiful sunny day and everyone is standing under a large tarp to block the sun out, while the "rain" is really just the work of a guy holding a hose. Turns out RM's girlfriend Gloria hired a company to make the event as somber as possible (their slogan: "We take the 'fun' out of funerals.")
* During Thomas Elliot's funeral in "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Hush]]," there is at least a drizzle.
* Played with in ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'': it rained at Betty Banner's funeral, but Thor showed up, swung his hammer around a bit... and stopped it raining over just the coffin.
* It continuously rains throughout ''Comicbook/KravensLastHunt", including the time ComicBook/SpiderMan is buried alive, when he claws his way out of his grave, and the time Kraven is buried. Only at the very end does the sun come out.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's memorial service at Arlington (following his shooting at the end of the ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' arc) takes place in the rain.
* While it doesn't rain at ''every'' funeral Tim attends in ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' it did [[SnowMeansDeath snow]] a bit at the funeral of Karl Ranck, a schoolmate Tim didn't exactly care for but whose death Tim felt responsible for when he was shot at school.

[[folder: FanFic ]]
* Played with in Loophole: at Vriska's funeral, it snows.
* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7945081/1/The-Thousand-Paper-Cranes The Thousand Paper Cranes,]]'' when we see the funeral of a not-yet-zombified [[Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName {..}]] takes place during a lightning storm. This is lampshaded in the first few lines:
--> It always rains at funerals.
--> She looks up at the sky at the dark clouds, and wonders why that is. Kimi's brother was not well known, so angels wouldn't be crying for him? Maybe it's simply a fact of life or something: grass grows, birds chirp, it rains at the funeral of big brothers.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Not really a funeral, but ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' has it raining outside the cdwarfs' ottage when they're mourning Snow White, who has been put into a "sleeping death".
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', it rains while Hiro's family attends Tadashi's funeral.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' it rains heavily at the funeral of Captain Stacy. This contrasts with ''Film/SpiderMan1'', where it is a bright, sunny day on the funeral of Norman Osborn. Perhaps justified in that Osborn was a villain, and Stacy was a hero.
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', it rains during the flashback funeral of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
* Similar to ''Batman Begins'' it was shown to be stormy in the funeral flashbacks in ''Film/BatmanForever.''
* In ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' it begins to rain just as the funeral for Electra's father breaks up. The resulting rain becomes a ShowerOfAngst for Matt.
* It was snowing at the funeral at the end of ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath''.
* [[InvertedTrope Utterly inverted]] in''Film/TheCrow'', where it's not only raining, but its raining ''at night'' when Eric Draven pulls himself out of his own grave.
* ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' has the funeral on a typical English weather day.
* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'': Not quite a funeral, but it starts to rain when Kit and his girlfriend visit his father's grave.
* It snows at just about every version of Scrooge's funeral in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', but it is also Christmas Eve, so you couldn't get away from it in this case.
* It rains at Rudolf Smuntz's funeral in ''Film/MouseHunt''.
* In the film ''Film/DejaVu'' with Denzel Washington, it rains lightly during Claire's funeral. Justified as it is set in New Orleans, and there were concerns that the shoot in which the crew simulated rain would be interrupted by a real rain. The seasonal monsoon serendipitously delayed until immediately after shooting.
* In the first ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie, it rains heavily during Professor Bruttenholm's funeral.
* ''Film/TheBodyguard''. At the funeral of Rachel Marron's sister it rains buckets.
* ''Film/{{Contact}}'' has a different take on this; when the first astronaut is killed it's not raining at his funeral, but it's raining outside when Jodie Foster's character is watching the event on television.
* Subverted in ''Firehouse Dog'' - at the celebrity funeral, it first appears to be raining, but when the ceremony is over, the camera pulls back to reveal that the rain is being faked by an FX crew.
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheFly'' starts of with a rainy funeral of the protagonist's mother.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' Rex's funeral at Arlington is in the rain.
* In ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', Mozart's corpse is dropped unceremoniously into a mass grave while it's raining cats and dogs. According to one Mozart scholar, the notion that it rained at Mozart's funeral is a myth. He checked out the local almanacs, and found out it was actually [[ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals a bright and sunny day]] in Vienna.
* In the movie adaption of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'', it pours during Georgie's funeral.
* In ''Navy Seals'', it rains during William Graham's funeral.
* A variation in ''Film/TheRock'''s prologue; there's no funeral, but it's pouring when Hummel goes to visit his wife's grave, just prior to his theft of the nerve gas. He's more or less [[TearJerker apologizing]] to her for what he's going to do. In that same scene though, it's played straight with the Marine Honor Guard giving a volley of gunfire for...someone.
* It pours heavily when the protagonist in ''Film/TheHunt'' buries his dog in the yard.
* Pouring at the funeral of Jacob's mother Joba in ''Film/{{Character}}''. Jacob imagines that his distant, illegitimate father Dreverhaven might reach out to him at the funeral, but he doesn't.
* A steady rain in ''Film/TheBarefootContessa'' as it [[StartsWithTheirFuneral starts with the funeral]] of Maria, after her tragic death. The story then plays out in a series of flashbacks as the various men in her life remember her.

* Auden's poem about Mozart contains the lines "Had a pauper's funeral in the rain / The like of whom we shall not see again," but this appears to be something of an UrbanLegend. Mozart was buried in a "common grave"[[note]]not a mass grave, but one that the city had the right to dig up to reuse, the body then being conveyed to an ossuary[[/note]], but so were all non-aristocrats in 1790s Vienna. The circumstances of Mozart's burial were not especially lavish, but its austere simplicity was more to do with the social mores of the day than lack of funds; [[ConspicuousConsumption excessively elaborate arrangements ]] were considered poor form. Accounts of the weather were also somewhat exaggerated after the fact: It was chilly and damp, but probably not storming.
* In his book ''The Big Movie Glossary'', Creator/RogerEbert calls this trope "funeral weather" and notes that, when it occurs, the rain in question is rarely just a light sprinkling...[[WhenItRainsItPours rather, it's Biblical downpours]].
* When Creator/DaveBarry went to temples and cathedrals in Europe, he was surprised at all of the people buried in the floor. He postulates that it must've been raining at all of the funerals, so the mourners decided to bury the deceased inside to stay dry.
* ''Literature/ThePosterchildren'' opens with the rainy funeral of Corbin Underwood, where his son, Mal, notes that the rain either made it the worst day to have the funeral or the perfect day for it.
* In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', it rains at Cuddy's funeral near the end of the book.
* ''Literature/NumberTheStars'' has a variant, when it's raining the morning after the protagonist's sister dies. Her friend recalls thinking that it was like the sky was crying along with everyone else.
* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. It rains heavily at Jay Gatsby's already bleak and depressing funeral.
* Lampshaded in Kim Newman's story "The Problem of the Final Adventure", when Moran refers to this trope. [[spoiler: Played with in that the funeral itself is phony.]]
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs The Junior Super Patriots'', the BackStory notes that it always rains at funerals because there are super heroes who ensure that it does, for effect.
* ''Literature/TheBookThief'': It snows heavily on little Werner's funeral. In fact, it is so cold the two gravediggers complain about having to dig through frozen ground.
* ''Literature/MaryJaneANovel'' averts this at Uncle Ben's funeral, which is said to be bright and sunny, as though it didn't realize it was supposed to be sad.
* ''Literature/CityOfBones2002'' involves LAPD detective Harry Bosch investigating a 20-year-old cold case, the tragic murder of a 12-year-old boy. Near the end of the book, it's raining when Bosch attends the melancholy funeral along with the shattered remains of the boy's family.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', it rains at the funeral of Whitney's father and snows at Jonathan's funeral.
** However, when Lex is thought to be dead in season 3, the sun shines at his funeral.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': [[SnowMeansDeath It snows]] during Tracy's funeral at the end of "The Message". Of course, he was being buried on an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice world]].
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', a drizzily depressing funeral for Captain Lee.
* ''Series/ItTakesAThief1968'' episode "To Sing A Song of Murder". The episode starts with the funeral of Marilyn Lee, which takes place in a pouring rain.
* Scully's father funeral on ''Series/TheXFiles'', episode "Beyond the Sea".
* Played with on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' in the two-part season 3 premiere "Kill Ari." During most of the episode, which takes place immediately after Kate's death, it's raining heavily, but at the end of part two when the rest of the main cast attends her actual funeral the sky is bright and sunny for the first time.
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': In "Benny's Funeral", it starts raining as the gang step out of the crematorium at the eponymous funeral.
* In a second-season episode of ''{{Series/Monk}}'' ("Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man"), a grave-digger remarks on the day he buried a young hit-and-run victim:
-->"The ground was frozen solid. It was like the earth didn't want him."
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Four Funerals and a Wedding", it is raining heavily at the third eponymous funeral. So heavily that the rain washes away the dirt in the grave that is [[CrammingTheCoffin concealing the body of the next victim]]: the woman who was supposed to be officiating at the funeral service.

* Chris Isaak's "Funeral In The Rain" fits this trope perfectly, as should be expected given the song's title.
* The video of Music/GunsNRoses' "November Rain" has this at the end. The final scene has Axl crouched down at his wife's open grave as the rain washes the red dye off a flower on the casket.
* The music video of "Helena" by Music/MyChemicalRomance. This was actually a [[ThrowItIn happy accident]] during filming: when the time came to shoot the scene where the band carries the coffin down the church steps to the hearse, it just started raining.
* Music/KennyRogers' "Reuben James": "And to your lonely pine box came / Just a preacher, me, and the rain."
* Ylvis' "Jan Egeland": "When he's sad, he goes to funerals / in unusually heavy rain"
* Music/TomTHall's "I Hope It Rains At My Funeral". After looking back at his depressing life, the narrator concludes:
-->If I've got one wish, I hope it rains at my funeral
-->For once, I'd like to be the only one dry
* "Looking out the door/ I see the rain fall upon the funeral mourners/ parading in a wake of sad relations/ as their shoes fill up with water" in "Lover, You Should've Come Over" by Music/JeffBuckley from his album ''Music/{{Grace}}''.
* Invoked in Music/{{ACDC}}'s "Hells Bells", given it's a GriefSong to their recently deceased singer:
-->I'm rolling thunder, pouring rain\\
I'm coming on like a hurricane\\
My lightning's flashing across the sky\\
You're only young, but you're gonna die

* Moritz's funeral in ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' (though it isn't always shown on stage, both the original play and the musical's libretto state this).

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* It rains during the Abbott's funeral in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''.
* It rains during Beatrice's funeral in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', though it's more of a coincidence since the funeral occurs on October 4, the same date when the typhoon traps everyone on the island.
* ''VideoGame/{{Syberia}}'' begins with the funeral of Anna Voralberg (sic), conducted by clockwork robots carrying umbrellas, during a thunderstorm.
* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', if Ethan, Madison, Scott, or Shaun died during the game you'll see their grave during the epilogue. Naturally, it'll be raining.
* It's raining during the funeral for Jackie's aunt in ''VideoGame/TheDarkness 2''.
* It rains at Aisha's funeral in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2''.
* It rains at Michael de Santa (Michael Townley) fake funeral, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' Opening Credits.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' this happens when someone's [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1501/ cell phone dies.]]
* In Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, it rained on the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002838 funeral of Jaspers the cat.]]
* After Riff is declared dead in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', it actually [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20090810 stops raining]] ''just'' as the funeral's wrapping up.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "Bleeding Gums" Murphy's funeral. Poor Lisa is let down that it's such a lonely funeral as well as only she showed up, and her parents who were just accompanying her and did not really know Murphy.
** Asa Phelps' funeral in "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in the Curse of the Flying Hellfish" was held when it was rainy.
** Bea Simmons' funeral in "Old Money".
* The Graysons' funeral in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''.
* Jerrica's father's funeral in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Bye Bye, Yoghurt", it rains heavily (for the first time on the show) during the funeral.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* During the state funeral of Néstor Kirchner, former president of Argentina and husband to current president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, thousands of people patiently waited under the rain in the Plaza de Mayo to pay their last respects.
* Keeping with the theme of former Argentine presidents, it also rained during Raúl Alfonsín's funeral. Not only that, but on the last day of the funeral, at dawn, there was a great rainbow in Buenos Aires. Lightened the mood quite a bit.
* Subverted with Pope John Paul`s funeral, which had DramaticWind instead.
* It rained during the funeral of Archbishop Makarios, the first president of Cyprus - a highly unusual event for the island in August. Characteristically, the two ethnic groups on Cyprus had opposite views of this - the Greeks called the rain the tears of heaven, while the Turks claimed that rain attends the burial of a sinner to wash away his sins.
* Former Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston caught a cold during the very rainy funeral of his late opponent, General William T. Sherman, possibly because he refused to put on his hat: "If I were in his place and he were standing here in mine, he would not put on his hat." The cold developed into pneumonia, causing Johnston's own death a month later.
* It was snowing during the funeral of Kim Jong-il. One soldier in the funeral lamented this, as he obviously wanted rain but got snow instead.
-->''"How could the sky not cry? The people are all crying tears of blood."''
* Inverted for non-instrument-rated pilots: they're warned constantly during training that if they try to tackle weather that's beyond their skill, the funeral will be held on a sunny day.
* On the day of legendary baseball player Lou Gehrig's funeral, the team for which he had played during his entire professional career, the New York Yankees, were conveniently rained out.
* On the day that Creator/SatoruIwata's funeral was held, it just so happened that a typhoon had hit Japan, causing his burial to be backdropped by downpouring rain. Strangely enough, [[HeartWarmingMoments a rainbow was famously seen over Nintendo headquarters a few days earlier, on the day of his death]].
* It rained during the state funeral of former United States First Lady Nancy Reagan.