->''“Why is the best landscaping in a neighborhood always in a cemetery? Everybody’s dead.”''
-->-- '''Paul Reiser'''

''This is too beautiful a day to have to bury someone.''

Weather has always been used symbolically when it comes to death. When characters die it's often a perfect day outside, with nary a cloud in the sky. There are several reasons for using the dichotomy between the bright, cheerful, cloudless sky as a counterpoint to the sadness of death. [[{{Irony}} Ironic contrast]], perhaps, or to show that, even in the midst of our grief life does go on. Maybe its just to give the resident DeadpanSnarker something to gripe about, or maybe the sunny day is an excuse for the characters to feel that much worse about the death of a loved one. Sometimes it's ''too'' sunny and the heat just exhausts everyone physically, to compliment the mental exhaustion. Sometimes [[JustifiedTrope the funeral just takes place in a relatively sunny area]].

This trope is usually part of a MeaningfulFuneral scene.

If you're thinking about putting an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] or a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] on this page, why not put it on ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals instead, where your Subversion or Aversion can be a straight example.

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



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a big sunny sky during Hughes's funeral, but has Roy touchingly claiming it rained to [[SandInMyEyes excuse his tears]]. It's also a callback to Riza's observation that "You're useless when it's raining"; PersonOfMassDestruction or not, he still couldn't save his best friend.
** It was allso sunny during Trisha's funeral.
* Occurs in ''Manga/BlackButler''. It's a beautiful, sunny day without a drop of rain during Madam Red's funeral. When Ciel visits Mary Kelly's grave it's sunset, but probably because the funeral finished up not too long ago.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', both funerals are held on bright, sunny days.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* Justified in the Johanna Gaiden of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. Johanna muses that her parents are being buried on an unusually dry day. As it turns out, the funeral service included Pokémon that could use Sunny Day (which she didn't know about at the time, otherwise she would've refused to save money).


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** It's bright and sunny during Harry's funeral in the third film.
** At Norman Osborn's funeral. It's cold and autumnal, but it's sunny.
* The funeral in ''Jumpin' Jack Flash'' is also on a clear day.
* It was mostly sunny with only a few clouds at the funeral for Jonathan Kent in ''{{Film/Superman}}''.
* The weather is clear for the funeral of Ellie's father in ''{{Film/Contact}}''.
* It's very sunny and hot at Quatermain's MeaningfulFuneral in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. Justified, given the geographical climate.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' the funeral scene for Mr. Universe, Wash, and Book is a sunny day.
* This is the case for Neto's funeral in ''Film/TheEliteSquad''.
* The opening scene of the Israeli film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_(2008_film) Shiv'a]]''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', it was bright and sunny for the funeral of Albus Dumbledore.
* Meursault's maman in ''Literature/TheStranger'' is buried on not only a very sunny day, but a very hot one as well. This is actually an important plot point, and it is given a CallBack when [[spoiler: he shoots the Arab at the end of part one]].
* In the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Touched By An Angel'', a character, sent back in time by a Weeping Angel, has the opportunity to revisit [[spoiler: his wife]]'s funeral. He's surprised that it's a sunny day, since he remembers it as being overcast to match his mood.
* In ''The Tiger Rising'', it's sunny at both Rob's mother's, and the tiger's, funerals.
* In ''Literature/SeedsOfYesterday'', Cathy is bewildered at the beautiful weather on the day of Christopher's funeral--"A day for picnics and going to the beach, and they put my Christopher into the ground".


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* When the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' gang goes to the gravesite services of Monica and Ross's grandmother, Phoebe instantly sticks her foot in her mouth by saying "It's such a great day!" Dark glances from the others. "Weatherwise!"
* It was a bright, sunny, hot Louisiana day that made you feel sorry for everyone wearing black for the funeral of Grandmother Stackhouse in ''Series/{{True Blood}}''.
* Kate Todd's funeral in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' is accompanied by a bright sun. Though the funeral itself is sad, on the way home, Abby plays some jazz in true New Orleans fashion. This is a part of EmpathicEnvironment. It was constantly raining as the team hunted for her killer, and Gibbs blamed himself for her death. By the time of funeral, her killer is dead and Gibbs no longer blames himself.
* Anya's meltdown about the death of Joyce Summers on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is contrasted with the obviously beautiful day outside of her window. She was buried on a sunny and clear day. She died on one also: birds were chirping and children were heard playing.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had at least two funerals take place on sunny days. First was Ben, and then there was Laverne. In fact, to add to the contrast, J.D. sings "It's a Beautiful Morning" until he remembers he's at a funeral.
* Despite the variable weather on the island, every funeral on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has been under a clear, sunny sky.
* Haley's funeral in ''Series/{{Criminal Minds}}'', as well as Prentiss'. Although, Prentiss was only FakingTheDead for the last part of season six.
* ''{{Series/Six Feet Under}}'': Funerals almost invariably occur on beautiful, sunny days, since this is, after all, LA.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Rita's funeral is held on a sunny and hot day. She lived in Miami, Florida.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Arbitrator The Arbitrator]] holds his [[FakingTheDead mock-funeral]] on a sunny day.

[[folder: Theater ]]
* Occurs in ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''; Angel's funeral is sunny (but still cold, being NYC in late October), probably a symbol in and of itself that even death can't dampen his/her ManicPixieDreamGirl -ness.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Guy's funeral in ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'' gets some rather depressing music, but it is sunny throughout the scene (short though it may have been).
* Jenon's death in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' is accompanied by lovely weather, as highlighted by the SceneryPorn in the accompanying CG.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* We don't actually see alt-Zoe's funeral in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', but the scenes we do see on the same day are bright and sunny. Makes the whole event even more bittersweet, since to the rest of the world it's a day of celebration because the Demons are gone.
* Ho's funeral in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', completing Baam's introduction to the concept of death.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Played straight and inverted when Superman seemingly dies in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter." Immediately after his "death" it starts raining like there's no tomorrow, but the funeral itself is held in clear weather.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' episode "New Frontier," the sun is clear and bright over [=BETA=] Mountain at Eliza's MeaningfulFuneral, but the clear weather also symbolizes a new day - the Series 5 team has been formed and proven themselves the new hope of the galaxy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', when the school has their funeral for Speedy, the class hamster, it's beautiful outside.
* The weather in the Smurf Village is nice during the funeral of Smurfette's pet mouse Squeaky in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode of the same name.