Zig Zagged: Alice drowns in a river to no remorse of the other characters. She soon comes back as a ghost, and everyone suddenly feels apologetic for her death, and throws her a 'proper' funeral with her found body. She then promptly disappears from the series for no reason, and nobody ever mentions her ghost nor her funeral again.
Alice is given a climactic death.
Alice doesn't die at all.
"Nobody likes funerals. Let's just not give Alice one, she wasn't the title character anyway."
The actress who plays Alice is leaving the show for good, and they need a way to get rid of the character without taking up a lot of time.
Lampshaded: "Alice was found dead in the river". "How anticlimactic".
Invoked: "Let's go murder Alice, I'm sure no one will make a fuss about it".
Defied: Alice drowns in a river, and nobody mentions her after the fact — except Bob, who is sincerely sorry for her death and practically abandons the group in mourning for a couple of weeks.
"Hey, Dave, I haven't seen Alice in a while, have you?" "Eh, who cares, she wasn't very important anyway". "Yea, you're right. Wanna get some pizza?"
Conversed: "And jeez, do you remember that one time in this show where Alice died, and nobody gave a damn?"
Deconstructed: Many, many characters get bridges dropped on them in the series, leading the main characters to be paranoid of leaving their houses in fear of being killed suddenly.
Reconstructed: The main characters realize that life is worth the risk of a bridge falling on them, and leave their houses to continue their adventures. May or may not have bridges drop on the characters anyway, depending on the work.
Back to Dropped a Bridge on Him... Before the mods lock it permanently without any warning nor sensible explanation!note (Those sneaky bast-)