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** Inverted in ''Literature/InterestingTimes'', where Rincewind sees people setting off fireworks in a parade and says "Good, eh?" to the old woman standing besides him, who snaps that it's Mr. Wu's funeral.

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** Inverted in ''Literature/InterestingTimes'', ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', where Rincewind sees people setting off fireworks in a parade and says "Good, eh?" to the old woman standing besides him, who snaps that it's Mr. Wu's funeral.


In RealLife, a cheerful Irish wake will frequently follow a traditionally somber funeral instead of a reception for mourners to express condolences; WellThisIsNotThatTrope. This trope is for when the mourning is bypassed completely.

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In RealLife, a cheerful Irish wake will frequently follow a traditionally somber funeral instead of a reception for mourners to express condolences; WellThisIsNotThatTrope. This trope is for when the mourning is bypassed completely.
completely. Compare with ThemedWedding.


* Creator/BelaLugosi was buried in a full Dracula costume. According to now-debunked rumors, Creator/PeterLorre reportedly asked (''[[RefugeInAudacity right in the middle of the ceremony]]'') if they should [[CrossesTheLineTwice stake his corpse before they put it in the ground, "just in case"]].

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* Creator/BelaLugosi was buried in a full Dracula costume. According to now-debunked rumors, Creator/PeterLorre reportedly asked (''[[RefugeInAudacity right in the middle of the ceremony]]'') if they should [[CrossesTheLineTwice stake his corpse before they put it in the ground, "just in case"]]. In reality, Lorre wasn't even present for the funeral.

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* In ''Fanfic/WarriorsRedux'', [=RiverClan=] cats grieve the week ''after'' a cat dies. The first week is spent rejoicing over their life.


* In recent years, North American funerals and memorial services have become less about tradition -- in the religious context, the reading of sacred texts, hymns sung by a vocalist, a sermon and prayers sanctifying and committing the dead -- and more about celebrating the lives of the deceased loved one. Such services often take place at a site other than a funeral home or church, such as at a golf course, community hall, park, or a place where the decedant loved to spend time. Attendees often wear no more than business casual clothes, and often are asked just to come in clothing as informal as a T-shirt and shorts, or dressed specifically (for instance, a football uniform or other shirt signifying the deceased's favorite NFL team, or a Halloween costume). While there may be a brief prayer or sermon, the gathering is more for having fun and celebrating the life just passed rather than mourning for the dead.

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* In recent years, North American funerals and memorial services have become less about tradition -- in the religious context, the reading of sacred texts, hymns sung by a vocalist, a sermon and prayers sanctifying and committing the dead -- and more about celebrating the lives of the deceased loved one. Such services often take place at a site other than a funeral home or church, such as at a golf course, community hall, park, or a place where the decedant deceased loved to spend time. Attendees often wear no more than business casual clothes, and often are asked just to come in clothing as informal as a T-shirt and shorts, or dressed specifically (for instance, a football uniform or other shirt signifying the deceased's favorite NFL team, or a Halloween costume). While there may be a brief prayer or sermon, the gathering is more for having fun and celebrating the life just passed rather than mourning for the dead.



* The esteemed author Creator/HunterSThompson had his [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4168266.stm ashes fired from a cannon]] of his own design, that was topped by his double-thumbed fist logo. The entire enterprise was funded by his friend Creator/JohnnyDepp.

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* The esteemed author author, journalist, and CrazyAwesome provocateur Creator/HunterSThompson had his [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4168266.stm ashes fired from a cannon]] of his own design, that was topped by his double-thumbed fist logo. The entire enterprise was funded by his friend and fellow Kentuckian Creator/JohnnyDepp.



* Creator/CharlesAddams loathed funerals, so he left a request to hold a party instead when he died. Given his cartoons, this is appropriate.



* The stories go that old Irish funerals would have a variant of this, with the band playing a mournful dirge on the way to the grave...and a bouncy, happy tune on the way back, where people would get drunk. (The reason being, of course, that hey, another soul is in heaven.

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* The stories go that old Irish funerals would have a variant of this, with the band playing a mournful dirge on the way to the grave...and a bouncy, happy tune on the way back, where people would get drunk. (The reason being, of course, that hey, another soul is in heaven.)


* [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Good Friday services]] in some churches can be this, [[DueToTheDead although with much more reverence.]] [[JustifiedTrope This is justified for Christians]] [[TheBible as Jesus's crucifixion and death led to his Resurrection and his glorious ascendency into heaven, and therefore, the permanent removal of sin for God's believers.]] This is also a case of rejoicing out of gratitude and awe and not out of scorn or resentment.

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* [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Good Friday services]] in some churches can be this, [[DueToTheDead although with much more reverence.]] [[JustifiedTrope This is justified for Christians]] [[TheBible [[Literature/TheBible as Jesus's crucifixion and death led to his Resurrection and his glorious ascendency into heaven, and therefore, the permanent removal of sin for God's believers.]] This is also a case of rejoicing out of gratitude and awe and not out of scorn or resentment.



* Creator/BelaLugosi was buried in a full Dracula costume. Just to top it off, Creator/PeterLorre reportedly asked (''[[RefugeInAudacity right in the middle of the ceremony]]'') if they should [[CrossesTheLineTwice stake his corpse before they put it in the ground, "just in case"]].

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* Creator/BelaLugosi was buried in a full Dracula costume. Just According to top it off, now-debunked rumors, Creator/PeterLorre reportedly asked (''[[RefugeInAudacity right in the middle of the ceremony]]'') if they should [[CrossesTheLineTwice stake his corpse before they put it in the ground, "just in case"]].


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* The stories go that old Irish funerals would have a variant of this, with the band playing a mournful dirge on the way to the grave...and a bouncy, happy tune on the way back, where people would get drunk. (The reason being, of course, that hey, another soul is in heaven.

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* Creator/GeneRoddenberry and Creator/MajelBarrett both had their cremated remains launched into space.
** As did Creator/JamesDoohan, but unfortunately [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Doohan#Later_life_and_death it wasn't much fun]].
* The cast of Radio/TheGoonShow were noted for their dark humour. Creator/PeterSellers requested that the Music/GlennMiller song "In the Mood", which he hated, be played at his funeral. Creator/SpikeMilligan claimed to hope that his fellow cast member Creator/HarrySecombe died before him, so that he couldn't sing at his funeral. Sure enough, Secombe died less than a year before Spike; nevertheless, a recording of Secombe singing was played at his funeral.
* Puerto Rican comedian Jose Miguel Agrelot reportedly was asked by a friend to make jokes on his funeral if he died first. He did indeed die, and Agrelot showed up at the funeral, apologized for what he was going to do- and then launched into a tirade (mostly ''insulting'' his late friend!) so funny that even the grieving widow cracked up!
* A ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan who [[CelebrityResemblance bore a strong resemblance]] to Creator/DavidTennant was buried in a [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1191224/Dr-Who-lookalike-sent-Tardis-style-coffin.html coffin painted to resemble a TARDIS]].
* Many traditional slave funerals in 18th and 19th century America were often times of joyous celebration due to death being seen by some slave cultures more as transcendence than as an end, due to strong animist spiritual traditions and the toil and suffering of slave life. There would be shouting, dancing, and loud music as the deceased was buried. These traditions live on in the form of the New Orleans jazz funerals mentioned above.
** Even to this day, African-American funerals tend to be more lively affairs. They are also often referred to as "homegoing" ceremonies, reflecting the celebration of life and the idea of returning to Jesus.
** Similarly, Caribbean funerary tradition has the wake being far more akin to a party--music, food, drink, etc.
* Creator/DavidSimon has requested a second line funeral after his experience making ''Series/{{Treme}}''...at his Jewish cemetery in Washington DC. It should be quite a show when it arrives.
* Music/GGAllin's funeral became a party. Just for reference, he had a bottle of Jim Beam in his casket. By the time it came to stick him in the dirt, the bottle had been drained to only a few drops.
* The Concert for George, Music/GeorgeHarrison's memorial service held one year to the day after his death. Among the other musical acts performing were Creator/MontyPython, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtewoCw06xQ singing "The Lumberjack Song" and "Sit On My Face"]] which included ''mooning the audience''. [[note]]Just like their performance at the Hollywood Bowl, "Sit On My Face" was sung wearing waiter's uniforms with floor-length aprons and no trousers, so when the singers turned to salute the portrait of George at the back of the stage, they gave the audience quite the eyeful.[[/note]]
* Creator/ChristopherTitus described his father's exact wishes on how he wanted his funeral and how he wanted to be buried. He wanted to be put into a cardboard box, "open casket," a cover charge at the door (ladies get in free), and everyone would get a chance to pee on him (complete with Willie Nelsons "Blue-Eyes Crying in the Rain" playing). And that isn't even covering what he wanted done with his ashes...
-->"On my children... [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer I did not write that, I am repeating it]]."
* Creator/CharlesAddams loathed funerals, so he left a request to hold a party instead when he died. Given his cartoons, this is appropriate.
* Creator/JoanRivers stipulated a nonstandard funeral. Already off the beam because Rivers was Jewish, a previous book from her described her desired funeral in great detail. The general theme was that her star-studded funeral would be more or less in line with the style made her famous: flashy, unabashed, and not afraid to be funny. Among the entertainers present were Creator/HowardStern and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Good Friday services]] in some churches can be this, [[DueToTheDead although with much more reverence.]] [[JustifiedTrope This is justified for Christians]] [[TheBible as Jesus's crucifixion and death led to his Resurrection and his glorious ascendency into heaven, and therefore, the permanent removal of sin for God's believers.]] This is also a case of rejoicing out of gratitude and awe and not out of scorn or resentment.
* [[http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2015/04/china-plans-crackdown-on-funeral-strippers/ China has recently announced a crackdown on the practice of hiring strippers for funerals to boost attendance.]]
* Creator/BelaLugosi was buried in a full Dracula costume. Just to top it off, Creator/PeterLorre reportedly asked (''[[RefugeInAudacity right in the middle of the ceremony]]'') if they should [[CrossesTheLineTwice stake his corpse before they put it in the ground, "just in case"]].
* In Korean Funerals, when the deceased has lived a long and fulfilling life and died of natural causes, his/her funeral is considered a 'good funeral' and is mostly rejoiced by the family and attendants.
* When Mexican showman and comedian [[Series/ElchavoDelOcho Roberto]] "Series/{{Chespirito}}" [[Series/ElchapulinColorado Gómez Bolaños]] died in 2014, [[http://www.losandes.com.ar/article/-con-un-multitudinario-funeral-en-el-estadio-azteca-mexico-despidio-a-chespirito many kids and adults showed up to his funeral in the Estadio Azteca of Mexico City... cosplaying as his characters]].[[note]]The link is in Spanish.[[/note]]
* Creator/AleisterCrowley was ornery to the last. At his funeral in Hastings in 1947, he stipulated his worshipers should perform the Rites of Pan (one of his occult ceremonies) knowing full well that his reputation as the Great Beast and his perecived Satanist identity would combine with this to [[{{Troll}} provoke uproar]]. So it proved: there was outrage at a perceived Satanic ceremony taking place in a nominally Christian building (the chapel of Hastings Crematorium). There had previously been no ban on the nature or type of service held in local government-run cemeteries. After Crowley's funeral, by-laws were hastily drafted, and any non-standard form of funeral now needs to be officially passed as being of good taste and in keeping with the purpose of the building.


* The esteemed author Creator/HunterSThompson had his [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4168266.stm ashes fired from a cannon topped by a double-thumbed fist.]]

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* The esteemed author Creator/HunterSThompson had his [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4168266.stm ashes fired from a cannon cannon]] of his own design, that was topped by a his double-thumbed fist.]]fist logo. The entire enterprise was funded by his friend Creator/JohnnyDepp.


Not to be confused with TheFunInFuneral where the light hearted elements are unintentional in universe.

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Not to be confused with TheFunInFuneral where the light hearted elements are unintentional in universe.
universe. They may be amusing to the audience, but awkward or downright insulting to the characters



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* Geordie and Ensign Ro are seemingly killed in the ''LiveActionTV/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Next Phase". (They've actually been shifted out of phase.) The Enterprise holds a memorial service which is surprisingly reminiscent of a jazz club. When it's discovered that Geordi and Ro are not actually dead, the celebration of their lives turns into a genuine celebration.

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* Geordie and Ensign Ro are seemingly killed in the ''LiveActionTV/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Next Phase". (They've actually been shifted out of phase.) The Enterprise holds a memorial service which is surprisingly reminiscent of a jazz club. When it's discovered that Geordi and Ro are not actually dead, the celebration of their lives turns into a genuine celebration.


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* The end of ''Film/{{Thor}}'' shows Thor and the other Asgardians having a huge feast, and in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' Thor tells an actually-very-much-alive Loki that they mourned him. At least one person outside the film tried to claim Thor was a {{Hypocrite}} because of this, but this was in fact how the Norse honored someone's death, making this a severe research flub (see below under RealLife).



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