01:48:00 AM Jun 21st 2013
- Kind of played with in The Big Chill, where Alex's funeral preparations start the movie. The story is somewhat about who he was, but more about what he and his friends became. Would have played it straight had the scenes with Alex not been cut out.
- The First Wives Club
- Variant done with the film adaptation of Ace Attorney, which opens with Misty Fey channeling the recently-murdered spirit of Gregory Edgeworth.
- A Columbo episode started with the funeral of Mrs. Columbo.
- The first episode of Emmerdale (then Emmerdale Farm) in 1972 revolved around the funeral of Jacob Sugden, the owner of the farm then at the centre of the programme. The episode featuring the funeral of Jacob's son, Jack, in 2009 was played out mirroring this.
- The South Park episode "Cartmanland" starts with Cartman and his family attending his grandmother's funeral.
09:22:14 PM May 1st 2012
- Subverted in the Luxe books by Anna Godbersen. The first book opens on Elizabeth's funeral. Guess how the first book ends?
- ...how? Not with Elizabeth's funeral if the trope was Subverted.