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"The meeting between ignorance and knowledge, between brutality and culture — it begins in the dignity with which we treat our dead."
Frank Herbert, Dune

One mark that distinguishes humans from nonhumans is that humans have funeral rites; they regard something as due to the dead and have for a long time. Indeed, since burials leave archeological evidence, we know that they occurred as many as 300,000 years ago, as a practice among the Neanderthals.

Unsurprisingly, this has been incorporated in art as a trope, as a mark of character, and is Older Than Dirt, with funeral rites in art from ancient civilizations. Evil characters will violate proper treatment of a corpse by mutilating, reanimating, or even eating the dead, though Due to the Dead is one of the most common standards villains maintain. Good characters will (rarely!) do the same to a dead Complete Monster or the like, but usually are marked by their proper respect for the dead, down to even letting Revenge end when the villain is dead; if they have to destroy bodies to contain a plague, or display it to prove that he is really dead, they will often find it Dirty Business. Granting proper due can also be show of respect symbolic of a formerly-evil character's redemption; especially when Redemption Equals Death.


Even when you put The "Fun" in "Funeral", the humor tends to be dark and the characters nasty.

A wide variety of practices are possible, as in Real Life. Cremation and burial are the most common, but such practices as exposing the dead to vultures and other unusual methods can be done in fiction as in life. Even slicing up the body — usually regarded as mutilation and proof of evil — has been done in Real Life as a means to free the soul from the body and has featured so in fiction. In a similar vein of Values Dissonance, even the above-mentioned eating of the dead has been a common funeral rite done in real life as a means to allow the dead to live on in their loved ones. Still other cultures have even Zig-Zagged this trope, regarding the corpse itself as an irrelevant lump of flesh now that it no longer houses a spirit, regardless of whatever rites they may or may not perform to commemorate the spirit that left it. Preserving parts (usually bones) of the dead can be the mark of a Necromancer or of respect, depending on how used; see the Sub-Trope of Dead Guy on Display.


One funeral practice, however, will put the characters on the evil side, no matter how respectfully they carry it out: Human Sacrifice.

Note that some dead are due more than others. The Heroic Sacrifice calls for a well-attended funeral, making The Hero Famed in Story, and perhaps even a monument. Sometimes to mitigate the effect of Dying Alone; What You Are in the Dark may threaten that the hero will die unmourned. Conversely, some are due less than most; the Complete Monster, the Dirty Coward, etc. may be dumped in an unmarked grave with minimal ceremony.

On the other hand, some of the living owe the dead more than others. Family and friends have a duty to carry this out, often through a Shrine to the Fallen. Strangers who perform such things for the dead are acting out of generosity; a Good Shepherd may perform such rites. Indeed, some ghosts manifest in order to properly reward a total stranger who arranged for the burial.

Other ways in which this trope might present itself: closing the eyes of someone who Dies Wide Open; sorting through the deceased's belongings (may result in Personal Effects Reveal); responding with Manly Tears or Tender Tears; a Meaningful Funeral, when most characters show due respect; a Lonely Funeral, when few; Libation for the Dead; Hats Off to the Dead; Dead Guy Junior; a Morality Chain continuing to bind postmortem; a determination to carry on the deceased character's work or Last Request; people wearing The Poppy; and Never Speak Ill of the Dead. Avenging the dead is also common, though it's viewed as less "good" than the other options.

However, no matter how beloved the dead, Excessive Mourning may be decried. Ghosts may complain that it is keeping them from peace, or characters may be criticized for neglecting their duties to the living.

Sometimes, usually For Laughs, a person's cremated remains (cremains) will be put in anything but a real funeral urn, maybe because they don't have the means to shell out for a proper urn, or are misers.

Observing this may be necessary to prevent the deceased from being Barred from the Afterlife and coming back as a ghost or other form of The Undead — which may take the form of an Indian Burial Ground.

To discuss actual funeral practices, see Funerals. See also In Memoriam.

Of course, this being a Death Trope, expect huge SPOILERS.



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     Anime & Manga 
  • 7 Seeds: Whenever possible, the characters will try to perform a burial or something similar to anyone that has died. In cases like Izayoi or the three Team Winter members that didn't survive the cryo-stasis, it's done for emotional reasons and as a sign of respect and grief. But others cases, like covering up Mayu's body, are stated to be done to prevent the bodies from being damaged by wildlife.
  • In Fruits Basket, Tohru and her friends visit her mother's grave, and find that her grandfather had also come to pay his respects.
  • The manga version of Chrono Crusade shows a crowd of mourners at Rosette Christopher's grave, and many years later a minor character states that flowers are placed on the grave every year, even though the grave's location wasn't revealed to the public. It's implied that Chrono is the one leaving flowers on her grave every year, showing that he still cares for her several decades after her death.
    • The anime also shows Satella's body laid out for viewing in a church, possibly after her funeral.
    • Both versions have Rosette and Joshua find Chrono sleeping in a tomb, that was sealed with holy magic and intricately carved. Flashbacks later reveal that it's the grave of Mary Magdalene, and show her in her coffin laying on a bed of flowers before her tomb is sealed.
  • An early episode of Pokémon has and his gang as well as Team Rocket escape from the capsized St. Anne. Ash has Pidgeotto look for dry land, and it finds Team Rocket unconscious and brings them to Ash and company's platform. They presume Team Rocket dead and say a quick prayer and attempt to bury them at sea, but Team Rocket comes to just in time to stop them. Pikachu snaps his fingers in disappointment.
    Ash, Misty, and Brock: Ahh! Zombies!
  • Full Metal Panic!
    • The fact that Sōsuke is respectful to the dead becomes a huge plot point in The Second Raid. It's eventually revealed that the reason for Gauron's obsession and Love at First Sight towards Sōsuke stems from having seen the dignified way Sôsuke serenely dragged and threw the corpses of all his fallen enemies into a makeshift burial. There was no compassion or great emotion found in Sōsuke's eyes while he was doing that, and his reason for doing it was presumably because of his own internal set of morals.
    • As for Gauron himself, he reveals that when he was around the same age as Sōsuke, he was ordered to arrange the bodies of the victims of the Khmer Rouge his Pol Pot colleagues killed. The similarities in that aspect end there, however. Although he was forced to give proper burials to the people his superiors killed, he is shown to be sick and perverse, and is later shown to have wanted Kaname's body to be raped and brutally violated by the assassin he sent after her (along with photos to be taken of it). Of course, his reason for that might be based more on his want for revenge against the girl that is melting the heart of his "beautiful" Assassin Saint.
  • At the conclusion of Saint Seiya's Galaxian Wars arc, Phoenix Ikki performs a Heroic Sacrifice to redeem his evil deeds and save the Bronze Saints from an even bigger threat. Although he was buried beneath a mountain, the four remaining Bronzes erect a grave in his honor at that site.
  • In My-Otome, there is a shrine to fallen Otome beneath Garderobe. Since an Otome's body dissolves after death, there are no earthly remains but what appears to be a copy of their GEM is inserted into a crystal pillar to serve as their monument. Miss Maria specifically kneels and apologizes to the deceased when a gaggle of aspiring Otome trespass into the shrine.
  • Played straight with L's funeral in the Death Note anime- at least, until Light is left alone, at which point one of the most disturbing scenes in the series begins.
  • Code Geass has cyborg Jeremiah Gottwald actively deciding to respect a dead commander of the Geass order because of the loyalty the man showed, which is the one trait Jeremiah values above all others.
    • Despite having professed hating him not too long before, Lelouch makes a point of burying Rolo with his own hands after his Heroic Sacrifice marking his grave with the pendant he gave him that was originally meant for Nunnally; proving that he grew to genuinely care for his false brother.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the series has at least two key events for these rites.
    • After Kyojuro dies, several scattered scenes of characters reacting to his death is shown, his lord Kagaya in particular is offering his prayers to the already fallen slayers before Kyojuro, commending on Kyojuro's bravery until the end, earnestly expecting to join him and everyone else in the afterlife when their mission to eradicate demonkind is finally done.
    • In the end, after Muzan is dead, the Corps are disbanded, Tanjiro and Nezuko go back home, taking Zentisu and Inosuke with them; Zenitsu carries the ashes of his beloved master Jigoro with him, Tanjiro and Nezuko allow him to bury the ashes in the same place the Kamado family was buried, where they all send their prayers and move on.
  • One Piece:
    • The Marineford War ends in the (most notable) deaths of Whitebeard and Ace. When Shanks steps in to put a stop to it, he demands to take the bodies to give them a proper burial. While Vice Admiral Doberman objected (he wanted to put their heads for viewing as a symbol of the Marines' victory) Fleet Admiral Sengoku outranked him. Whether this was out of respect or because he didn't want hostilities to flare up again, Sengoku conceded to the demand without complaint.
    • This is used as an Establishing Character Moment for Oden during a flashback when he uses a dead friend's funeral pyre to cook himself lunch. It was his way of symbolically sharing one last meal with him.
  • Lupin III:
    • When Zenigata is declared dead, he is always treated to full police honors, as if he made a Heroic Sacrifice For Great Justice. Lupin and his gang attend at a respectful distance. (If they're seen, the police would have to arrest them.)
    • Lupin himself is declared dead on occasion. Pops will assault the corpse to prove it isn't really Lupin. (If he can't prove it, he's usually sad for a while afterwards.) The rest of the gang mourns him in their respective ways. The service is very small, no family in attendance.
  • Cruelly subverted in the anime adaptation of Attack on Titan; after the disastrous 57th expedition of the Survey Corps, they attempt to recover the bodies to be brought back to their families and proper burial within the walls, but when a few troops go against orders and try to get a body that was deemed unrecoverable due to proximity to Titans, and end up drawing them back to the convoy, Levi orders all of the bodies ( including those of his entirely wiped out squad) to be dumped so the cart carrying them can escape. And none of the soldiers, including Levi, are happy with it.
  • Dragon Ball Z: When Vegeta dies tearfully begging Goku to avenge their race on Namek, Goku, out of sympathy, takes the time to give Vegeta a proper burial before fighting Frieza.
  • In Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, whereas the government simply dumps bodies in places where they're out of sight, Takeru tries to bury what bodies he can, from those of civilians to those of their enemies. Respect for the dead, overall, seems to be a theme in the series—Shirayuki believes that you should Never Speak Ill of the Dead, compared to Kuroyuki who's happy to disrespect the fallen.
  • Used as an Establishing Character Moment in Tokyo Ghoul. When Kaneki is sent to help Yomo harvest bodies for the cafe, he's understandably intimidated by the silent Ghoul. But when they arrive on site and discover the body of a recent suicide, Yomo pauses to pray over the victim prior to getting to work. Afterwards, it becomes clear that Yomo is actually an incredibly kind person.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, a flashback shows that one of the most important talks between Roy and Riza took place at the end of the Ishvalan war... when she was done giving an Ishbalan murdered child, whose body she found by a nearby road, something similar to a dignified burial.
  • Fist of the North Star:
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden:
    • Right before Takiko is spirited away to the world of the book, her mother Yoshie had just passed away and the preparations for her Buddhist funeral were about to begin. Some time later, she looks into Hikitsu's Magic Eye and is temporarily sent back to Japan, but she ends up returning to the book right before the funeral properly takes place.
    • In the book itself, Soruen is given a very heartfelt funeral after he dies in an Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Naruto:
    • More than one funeral takes place in the story, including those of the Third Hokage (who died fighting Orochimaru) and his son Asuma (died fighting Hidan)
    • One of Kakashi's "quirks" is him always being late because he likes spending time checking on the symbolic grave of his best friend Obito. It's a huge plot point: Obito turns out to be Not Quite Dead, and he learns about Naruto's upcoming birth when he hears Kakashi talking to his grave about it.
  • In the manga adaptation of Sword Oratoria, Aiz Wallenstein throws herself into battle against a huge army of monsters who've killed at least two other adventurers, whose eyes are open even in death. A few panels later, the corpses' eyes have been closed, making them seem much more at peace.
  • During the final episode of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Signum and Genya are seen taking flowers to what is implied to be Zest's grave. When they arrive, they find Auris nearby, who had already left some flowers of her own.
  • Rebuild World: Played with.
    • Colbert gives a whole song and dance to Akira and Sheryl about retrieving the dead traitor hunter Guyver's body to give it to the Hunter's Office for the greater good, convincing them to take the body from the wasteland. But it turns out that Colbert was assigned to monitor Guyver and make sure he didn't flee from paying his debts, and hands the body to the debt agency to verify his death wasn't faked.
    • A Punch-Clock Villain Noble Demon hunter Akira fights named Erde talks about how The Dead Have Names, and asks Akira for his name in order to properly honor him after killing him. Erde apologizes to his subordinates that died fighting Akira in his Last Words.

  • In Michelangelo's Pieta, Mary never touches Jesus' skin, but rather holds Him with cloth out of respect for His sacred corpse.

  • In some variants of the Child Ballad The Famous Flower of Serving Men, the heroine must dig her husband and child's grave. When the magical ending is used, a milk-white hind leads the king to the grave, where a bird laments how his love had become a serving man, and explains to the king how they had been murdered by the heroine's mother.
    They left me naught to dig his grave but the bloody sword that slew my babe
    All alone the grave I made, and all alone the tears I shed
    And all alone the bell I rang, and all alone the psalm I sang
  • In the Child Ballad The Unquiet Grave, the true love is mourned for A Year and a Day — though after that time, the dead have a new demand:
    The twelvemonth and a day being up,
    The dead began to speak:
    "Oh who sits weeping on my grave,
    And will not let me sleep?"

     Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering gives us cards like "Remember the Fallen", which grant the player either recursion or a bonus for each card in the graveyard. On the evil side, "Phyrexian" cards on these mechanics tend to be flavored as cannibalism or the like.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Gravekeepers protect tombs.

     Comic Books 
DC Universe:
  • In Booster Gold, Booster's motive for pulling up his socks was to pay tribute to Blue Beetle. Later, in a scene where he returned to Blue Beetle's funeral, Booster got up to eulogize him and was unable to speak. Tears of Remorse ensued: what sort of friend would be unable to pay his Due to the Dead?
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes and Teen Titans have a hall of statues commemorating their dead.
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #7: Supergirl's public funeral in Chicago, where she was eulogized by long-time and close personal friend Batgirl, was attended by literally thousands of people, many among whom were heroes and super-beings of greater stature or presence than herself (such as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel); her actual final rites were conducted by her cousin Superman alone and in private outside his Fortress of Solitude, where he wrapped her in her cape and flew her off into space, heading towards New Krypton/Rokyn to leave her body with her natural parents, Zor-El and Alura (as seen in ''Superman Volume 1 #414).
  • In Identity Crisis, Sue Dibny's funeral was heavily attended, and Captain Cold, who's known for his professionalism despite being a villain, sent flowers.
  • Heroes, like Green Lantern and The Flash, tend to have well-attended funerals and monuments. And then they come Back from the Dead...
  • When the Martian Manhunter died, the heroes of Earth built a pyramid for him in duplication of Martian burial traditions.
  • Superman:
    • In The Death of Clark Kent, Superman wraps Conduit's body in his cape and takes him back to his father.
    • Starfire's Revenge: Subverted. Starfire assures Rodney that she arranged for his brother Derek's respectful burial, and she herself attended the ceremony. Later, it is revealed her mooks simply tossed Derek's body in the woods.
    • The Death of Superman (1961): Clark Kent's funeral is attended by Lois, Jimmy, Perry, Kara, Krypto, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris, the Justice League, the Legion of Super-Heroes, and hundreds of people from Earth and beyond.
    • Way of the World: The funeral of Thomas Price, a little cancer patient whom Supergirl was unable to save, is attended by his whole family, as well as several super-heroes.
    • The Supergirl from Krypton (2004): The Amazons build a mausoleum, complete with a giant statue and four burning lamps to honor Harbinger's sacrifice.
    • In The Leper From Krypton, Superman is infected with a highly contagious and incurable alien disease. Since he will die within hours and he does not want to risk infecting others, Superman opts for building a rocketship which will take him to Flammbron, the hottest sun in the universe, where his body will be cremated. A huge group gathers around his rocket in front of the UN headquarters to say goodbye to Superman. He asks them to not build any memorials, steps into the rocket and takes off. The Justice League hold a private funeral, in which even Batman cries. Meanwhile, entire planets mourn the incoming death of Superman.
  • The Sandman (1989) finale The Wake revolves around Morpheus' funeral. In an earlier story, Destruction visited the necropolis where the sacraments used to acknowledge the passing of an incarnation of an Endless are preserved. He tells one of the necropolis' residents a story of a previous necropolis that once stood in the same place that had lost its respect for the dead and treated their duties as a job and nothing more. Their disrespect towards the Endless when they tried to collect sacraments for the first Despair's funeral provoked the Endless into destroying their city, and the new necropolis was eventually built over the site. The new necropolis' funeral workers are considerably more respectful to the point of always referring to the dead as "clients" and not just "bodies". When the Endless visit this necropolis to receive the sacraments for Morpheus' funeral, the sacraments are collected with no fuss at all.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us:
    • Oliver Queen's funeral is respectfully attended by members of both the Insurgency and Superman's Regime.
    • Two years later, while rescuing Insurgency and Regime members from a burning, reality-collapsing battlefield, the Flash (a Regime member) makes an effort to retrieve the body of Huntress (an Insurgent), who was killed earlier in the fighting.
    • Later, Superman forms a temporary truce with Bruce Wayne, his enemy, and allows him to collect the body of Renee Montoya after she dies of a heart attack while fighting Superman.
  • Subverted in The Flash when the Reverse-Flash died. The Rogues stole his body from the morgue and took it to the city limits to set it on fire. It then turns out that rather than a respectful funeral, they actually went there to mock and desecrate the Reverse-Flash's body; they were all absolutely disgusted by him and proceeded to throw things at his body and shout slurs at it while it burned.
  • DC Comics Bombshells: After one battle between the Allies and the Axis, Wonder Woman stayed behind on the field while the rest of the Allies regrouped afterwards. When Steve Trevor asks her what she had been doing, she explained that she was burying all of the villager civilians that had been slaughtered by the Nazis before the battle. They deserved to go to the afterlife with more than just the touch of an enemy as their last contact on Earth.
  • Terra: Atlee is decidedly disturbed and upset by Deathcoil using the dead of Markovia as his puppets. She yells at him they belong to the earth now and should not be disturbed.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1987): When Artemis is taking her last breaths, she implores Diana not to forget to put a coin under her tongue for the ferryman, and Diana promises she will do so. When Temi dies shortly thereafter, Diana closes her eyes.
    • Wonder Woman: Dead Earth: After bearing witness to Diana's failed attempt at peacefully stopping her mother and her resorting to killing her "sisters", the humans put the Haedras to proper rest in graves.
  • Code Name: Gravedigger: Throughout the series, Ulysses Hazard (a.k.a. Gravedigger) would personally bury those who fell in battle alongside him whose sacrifice meant something to him.
  • Jonah Hex (2005): Despite his hatred of the both of them for his miserable and abusive childhood, Jonah Hex ends up making sure both his parents get some form of proper burial.

Marvel Universe:

  • The Marvel Universe has shown that even villains pay the dead the proper respect. One example has several villains mourning the death of Stilt-Man. Even a few heroes showed up (even Spider-Man, who made fun of the guy while alive). There was also another example with The Hood, where he gives a eulogy for a fallen member of his gang, with the other members in attendance.
  • In The Death Of Captain Marvel graphic novel, not only did the whole super-hero community come to mourn Captain Mar-Vell, even the Skrulls, his Arch Enemies, sent dignitaries to pay their respects.
  • Played with in one Wolverine story, in which a trio of generic bad guys hunt him down with dogs. First he runs from them. Then, when an Innocent Bystander is killed in the crossfire, he slaughters them. He then takes a while to dig graves before he moves on... and is shown placing the two dogs' collars and the bystander's hat on the three graves, and leaving the dead men for the scavengers. note 
  • Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #5: Daken assaults an auction in Madripoor and slaughters everyone there except Viper, Mystique, and a former lover in order to retrieve the remains of Wolverine being sold there so he can give his father a proper burial. Later, when attempting to recover Logan's remains during Wolverines, Daken warns Sabretooth not to mock him over his insistence of treating them with respect. X-23 also honors Logan after his death. First by dyeing her forelocks blue and gold, his most iconic colors, as a tribute. Later she takes up the Wolverine name herself, with this as part of the reason.
  • Kraven's Last Hunt begins with Spider-Man visiting the wake for Joe Face, a snitch he had sometimes had pumped for information, leaving some money to help pay for the funeral. This starts him on reflecting his own mortality. Later Kraven, after shooting Spider-Man, has him buried in style, complete with a very fancy headstone. And he also had all his own funeral arrangements prepared at the end.
  • The Mighty Thor staged a Viking Funeral for Eilif the Lost, who had given his life fighting the dragon Fafnir, in issue #343. Thor and Baldar also drank a toast to Skurge the Executioner after he sacrificed himself at Gjallerbru, fulfilling his last request that they "laugh Skurge's last laugh together."
    • After Bill, a normal human fry cook from Oklahoma, sacrifices himself to save Baldar from being killed in an ambush, Baldar and the other gods give him a proper Viking funeral in honor of his heroism.
  • Ultimate Marvel:
    • Ultimate Spider-Man
      • Peter Parker died fighting against the Sinister Six and saving his family from them. The funeral was seen in Ultimate Fallout. It was attended by all the city, and we saw the way most characters coped with his death. The comic also included Tony Stark having a flashback to the funeral of his brother Gregory.
      • Peter Parker resigned from the basketball team after uncle Ben's death. Kong considered it a lame excuse, and Peter was outraged by his lack of empathy.
    • Ultimate X-Men
      • Charles Xavier was killed by Cable and only his bones remained. The X-Men held a funeral for him, and then Cyclops disbanded the X-Men as a fighting group. It was eventually revealed that Cable did not kill Xavier, but took him to the future, and organized the set up so that the X-Men did not bother following him.
      • The surviving X-Men hold a funeral at the mansion for all those who died in Ultimatum. That was A LOT of mutants.
    • The Ultimates: Hulk's rampage in New York was not the average superhero fight, but a 9/11-level type of disaster. It was followed by a massive funeral for the people that died in it.

Star Wars Expanded Universe:

  • Star Wars: Kanan: After Stance is killed the Depa Billaba, Caleb, and the clone troopers bury him with his weapon and helm as his headstone and have a funeral for him (and the others who fell during the battle) before Depa submits to entering a bacta tank to help heal the wounds she received at Grievious's hands.
  • Star Wars Legends:


  • Done very well in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (original Mirage continuity) Volume 4, with Splinter's death from old age. His funeral is very simple, and his body is laid in a casket, drifted onto a lake and set alight.
  • In the Usagi Yojimbo story "Broken Ritual" (plot by Sergio Aragonés), a village is haunted by the ghost of a general whose Seppuku attempt is interrupted by a squad of enemy soldiers. The ghost is exorcised when Usagi waits for its next appearance and helps complete the ritual.
  • A disturbing example happens in Sin City, where Kevin, the cannibal serial killer, keeps his victims' heads mounted on the wall in his basement. At first, these could be seen as trophies, but since his surrogate father mentioned he was filled with guilt, it may have different connotations.
  • The Destine family of ClanDestine have a private graveyard for the bodies of Adam Destine's parents and children. One issue starts with Adam and the twins visiting the grave of Florence, who was really Rory and Pandora's sister, but posed as their grandmother (it's complicated). Special mention goes to the family Black Sheep, Vincent, who, despite evil deeds of an unknown nature, was still laid to rest in the family cemetery in the proper way (complete with an extremely weird statue as part of the grave marker, courtesy of his younger sister Samantha).
  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire has the "New Hong Kong Wake" for honoring a murder victim by drugging the murderer into confessing and leaving them to die of an overdose. Louisa Dem Five conducts one in the Gallimaufrey arc.
  • Copperhead: Played with by the artificial humans, who specifically demand no burial or rite of any kind at the death of one of their own. Instead all efforts are focused toward completing their shared mission (which is a kind of ritual in itself).

     Fairy Tales 

     Fan Works 
  • Aurora Falls: Selkirk constructs a massive obelisk jutting out several metres above sea level using the Terraformer, topped with a plaque in memory of his comrades aboard the Aurora. The whole thing is quite poignant.
  • In Child of the Storm, two MI13 Agents likely died a horrible death and suffered an unspeakable fate post-mortem in order to give the Prime Minister the chance to escape, doing so in full knowledge of what would happen to them. The Prime Minister rather stiffly insists to Sharon Carter a.k.a. Agent 13 that he be given their personal details so he can ensure that they are suitably honoured. They are awarded the Victoria Cross (the direct equivalent of the Medal of Honour, and even more rarely awarded). This is made all the more remarkable by the fact that they are still technically running for their lives at this point.
    • In chapter 72, Dumbledore holds a vigil over Luna Lovegood's corpse.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, during the heroines' expedition to the moon, the present-day Sailor Mars builds a gigantic funeral pyre for the dead of the Moon Kingdom.
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Souls: Takes place in a world where everyone knows what happens after death, yet every group has their own ways to honor their friends and loved ones:
    • Despite working with death, Soul Reapers have their own funeral rites. When a soul "dies", it leaves a body before being absorbed into the ambient reishi. They use cremation to speed up the process, so they don't bury their dead. Instead, they carve their names on stone pillars.
    • Quincy perform a Military Funeral for those that had lost their lives during the attack on Las Noches. Each family carried a casket of their fallen family member (at least of those that bodies been managed to be brought back) towards a graveyard counting possibly ten of thousands of graves, followed by a speech from Quincy King. Twilight, in her grief finds the whole ordeal superfluous.
    • Since Hollows disintegrate when they die, they remember them by carving their names into stone.
  • The Good Hunter: When an Agent of the Wild Hunt is slain, the Blood Contract they have in person is returned to the Master, Cyril. He then records their deeds and the end of their career, before burying the deceased Agent in a grave, one among many amidst the field of White Asphodels surrounding his Workshop.
  • In My Little Pony vs..., Rarity, following a forced Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny to the death against Toph Bei Fong, makes sure to give her a proper burial before heading to the next arena.
  • The Night Unfurls:
    • As per Bloodborne canon, the Hunter's Dream has a garden riddled with graves. Each gravestone stands in honour of the memory of every hunter who visited the Dream during the Night of the Hunt.
    • A private funeral is held for Luu-Luu at the end of the Rad Arc. In a similar vein, Kyril would later be shown cleaning a gravestone, the list of names of those lost carved into the surface, including Luu-Luu's and Indriga's.
    • The beginning of Chapter 2, remastered version reveals that Kyril offered to clean and bury the corpses of the two victims from the orc band attack in the previous chapter, a gesture no one expected from a grim man like him. Turns out that he was accustomed to burying the dead.
      • In the very same chapter, however, he dissuades Alicia and the others from grieving and burying their dead comrades after they are ambushed by an orc band. Prioritising pragmatism over respecting the dead, he reasons that more of them would die should the orcs come back, so they should get to a safer area as soon as possible. Naturally, he gets called out for this, but Alicia, still shaken from the assault moments before, ultimately relents.
  • The Parselmouth of Gryffindor has Hermione insist they bury the snake nailed to the door by Gaunt, as the characters investigate the Gaunt Shack. Dumbledore complies. (Somewhat necessary context: snakes are fully sentient in this interpretation of the Harry Potter universe.)
  • The Hivefled prequel Reprise shows Gamzee, locked in a torture chamber and sure he's going to die, performing the last rites due all trolls sacrificed to the Mirthful Messiahs for all the previous victims of the cell. Admittedly, it was done partly out of spite for his captors, but still.
  • Because the Total Drama story, Legacy is all about the repercussions of a contestant's death, it naturally has several examples:
    • The black-draped seat at the bonfire site.
    • Two of the surviving contestants keep a space between them during the finale.
    • The contestant's death is partly blamed on the unsafe conditions at the camp, which leads to the enactment of a new law named after her. This new law improves safety for reality show contestants.
  • In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night: When Abin Sur dies and his ring selects Shining Armor as his replacement Green Lantern, Shining — despite not fully understanding what's happening — still takes the time to bury Abin, saying it's the least he can do.
  • The Prayer Warriors give their dead Christian burials, but leave the bodies of their enemies to rot.
  • This in one of Naruto's basic ideals in Cry of the Raiju
    "I don't care if you are a god or a tailed beast, or even the first Hokage will not talk bad about my father and think that your word will not go unpunished. I will make your life a living hell if you want to boast and degrade the works of the dead and the sacrifices that they had to make in order to keep their world safe just a little more."
    • It's also an ideal of the Sage of Six Paths.
    'You may be the successor to your progenitor Kurama, but that does not mean that I will not punish you if you do not remember and pray for the lives that your progenitor has taken from these lands.'
  • Life After Hayate includes Hayate Yagami's private funeral in the story, and briefly describes her service memorial as well. It notes that while uniform was mandatory for the service memorial, Chrono Harlaown chose to come to the private ceremony in uniform as well as a show of respect.
  • In "The Only Way to Go", Sobaru Lanstar's funeral is a mix of Bajoran funerary rites and a United States military funeral Recycled IN SPACE!. The ceremony is officiated by a Bajoran priest with prayers to the Prophets, but also features a flag-draped coffin and a three-volley salute.
  • Perhaps it's because of Twilight's memories and Spark's influence, but, in Fallout Equestria: Starlight, after Radiant Star sees Pinkie's skeleton she feels obliged to give her a funeral.
  • In ARTICLE 2, John and Shane are astronaut marines. John bets Shane 50 dollars that they will discover intelligent life. Their ship crash lands on Equestria and Shane is the only survivor. As soon as he is able, Shane visits John's body in the morgue and gives him his money.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening: Invisible Ties:
    • In chapter 4, when the Shepherds come across victims of a Risen massacre, Chrom insists that they give them a funeral pyre.
    • In chapter 21, it's revealed that Chrom went so far as to give Gangrel a proper burial after beheading him, in order to honor Emmeryn's legacy. Robin admits to Lucina that after everything Gangrel did, none of the other Shepherds would have done the same; he himself would have gladly mounted Gangrel's head on a pike and paraded it through Ylisstol.
  • In the Naruto fanfic Go Through His Pockets and Look For Loose Change, Sakura hits and berates Naruto for trying to rob Zabuza (who was apparently dead), as she sees it as disrespecting the dead. As he wasn't vandalizing a graveyard or disrupting his funeral, Naruto doesn't get her point (and later takes Zabuza's sword after he actually dies).
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic, Dominus Mundi : The King of Kings, James and Lily (Maria Theresa)'s remains are exhumed a decade after their deaths and brought to Portugal, and they remain lying in repose for several days while four Requiem masses are held for them in different countries. The last one takes place in Portugal and is attended by a few Hogwarts professors and a few other wizards (despite the place being packed with Muggles).
  • Avengers of the Ring;
    • When Wanda witnesses Pietro's memorial statue in spin-off sequel The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer, she reflects that she prefers the dwarves' simple toast to his memory when she first told them her story in Bag End, as the dwarves' actions showed sorrow for a precious life cut short whereas the statue just turns Pietro into an idol.
    • In Methteilien, those killed before the Snap are given due deference, as the dead of Middle-Earth are buried in Wakanda and Boromir and Sif's bodies are preserved until they can be taken back to Minas Tirith, while Loki is given a traditional Asgardian funeral to affirm that he has been forgiven for his past sins. Later in the fic, Rogers, Gandalf and Galadriel retrieve Gamora's body from Voromir so that she can receive a better burial than just being left on the planet, with Rocket speaking a brief eulogy as the only remaining member of the original Guardians while Banner, Rhodes, Pippin and Galadriel attend the funeral.
  • The Smallville/The Fast and the Furious crossover "On the Run" opens with Clark saving Letty from her near-death moment in Fast & Furious and subsequently learning that Chloe Sullivan is dead. With Lex Luthor actively hunting Clark as an 'alien invader', Clark recognises that he can't go to Chloe's funeral without turning it into a potential catastrophe as Lex's forces try to capture him, refusing to taint Chloe's memory like that. As a result, Letty volunteers to attend in Clark's place, leaving a memento for Chloe that only she, Clark and Pete Ross would understand.
  • In the Angel/The Hunger Games crossover "Demon's Games", one of Angel's first actions after Panem's government is overthrown is to re-name the hospital the Primrose Everdeen Memorial Hospital, to commemorate Prim's memory after she was turned into a vampire and had to be staked by Katniss.
  • Valkyrie On Fire:
    • During the 74th Hunger Games, Glimmer goes to great lengths to give Finch the District Five girl known as 'Foxface' in canon- a Viking-style funeral after she's killed by Marvel's spear. During the 'funeral', Glimmer privately admits to Katniss that she thinks that Finch could have excelled at the Academy as she had the spirit to be a great Career with training, not even crying when she was stabbed through the chest, where Glimmer had seen some Academy trainees bawling over far more minor wounds. While on her Victory Tour, Glimmer addresses District Five to tell them to be proud of Finch, who showed Glimmer that just being smart could be an asset.
    • Also, as an indirect homage to Finch, Cinna's designs for Glimmer's outfit in the opening of the Quarter Quell are based on the Valkyrie, Glimmer's outfit including veils that form into wings when an electrical charge is sent through them.
  • In Kimberly T's Gargoyles fic "The Times, They Are a-Changin'", the Clan and their allies have a funeral for Phil Marsden, the deceased husband of new ally Anne Marsden, who was never officially declared dead because he was turned to stone and smashed during the Lost Nights. During the funeral, Father Sullivan (a priest who has become friends with the Clan) expresses regret that he couldn't meet Phil based on Anne's stories of how Phil became a good man despite his difficult childhood, and Goliath delivers a vow on Phil's grave that appears to essentially proclaim Anne and Bethany as having been adopted into the Manhattan Clan.
  • In the Hannibal Lecter fic "Settling Accounts", Susana Alvarez Lecter, the daughter of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, takes time out from her Roaring Rampage of Revenge against her father's still-living enemies to visit the grave of Clarice's father. While standing over the grave, Susana muses that, with her parents' distaste of religion, visiting the grave of the grandfather her own mother treasured so much is the closest Susana has ever been to visiting a sacred place.
  • In How the Light Gets In, sometime after marrying Dean, Laurel updated her will to saying she was to get a Hunter's Funeral. This was because she wanted to ensure she would not Come Back Wrong, found the idea of rotting in a coffin horrifying, and was worried about the effects embalming fluid would have on the environment. Her parents, unfortunately had other ideas (see below).
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, it's said early on that the active six Pokémon limit was established due to a criminal only known as Twenty Gyarados Bill that terrorized the coast of Johto forty years ago. A sidestory further expands on this, revealing that an Elite Four trainer named Denki Tekina, who only used six Pokémon during his entire career,brought him down at the cost of his own life, thus establishing the number from then on.
  • Yiereth in the Star Wars fanfic The Form of Survival does her best to give every dead Jedi she comes across a proper burial. When making a funeral pyre is not possible, she goes for the closest option, and it often comes to blowing up their bodies.
  • World of the Dead: On more than one occasion, the group covers up the bodies of the deceased.
  • In the Kingdom's Service shows a traditional funeral for a VSS agent after Vanguard (Cardin Winchester) falls in the line of duty. The service is completely silent with those present being in full gear and allowed to approach the casket, in order of their closeness to the deceased, to say something silently. Afterwards, the casket is kept under vigil for twenty-four hours then interred in the agency's catacombs. Downplayed however in that Oobleck tells Jaune that Cardin specifically asked for a traditional VSS funeral and offers to let Jaune decide what should be done if he dies; Jaune asks if he does, his body be returned to his family and Oobleck give him a good (read: heroic) death.
    • Averted with Mercury's death. Once Emerald confirms his passing for Cinder, she simply kicks his body into the sewer and leaves.
  • After John Wick kills himself in CLICK (because he'll never be free regardless of whether he kills Santino), Winston puts a contract on Santino and pays extra for John to have the "special" for his dinner reservation.
  • At the beginning of The Seven Misfortunes of Lady Fortune, Marinette visits Gabriel's funeral, despite all he had done to her. In the epilogue, she makes Adrien visit the grave.
  • Half Past Adventure: A Lonely Funeral is thrown for Shillelagh by Robin after they're killed by the Grass Dragon, in an attempt to give them the dignity they didn't get in life.
  • When Zuko stumbles upon the bones of the dead airbenders that were killed years ago in Flow Like Fire, he burns them and scatters their ashes as per Fire Nation tradition to hopefully appease their spirits.
  • Kazuma V Tanya: Kazuma may be an incredibly poor child, but he still removes his shirt to give some decency to the body of a girl who was murdered as a result of his actions. He then carries her around the city in search of a cemetery before realizing there isn't one and giving her a river burial.
  • Subverted in Rocketship Voyager. The pragmatic issues of Disposing of a Body on a spaceship or after a nuclear war mean that funeral rites are entirely separate from body disposal, and it's not unknown for bodies to be recycled as reaction mass for the ship's engines. Captain Janeway has to be reminded that they have a Burial in Space to carry out just before they fire up their engines (so the bodies can be cremated by their torchship plume) because the funeral was held over a week ago.
  • Funeral for a Flash: The funeral for Barry Allen is televised and held outside of the Flash Museum in Central City. It is attended by two thousand people, including Barry's family, the Justice League, the Flash of Earth-Two, and even some reformed Rogues.
  • The Funeral Rites of Tributes details the funeral rites that each Panem district gives their dead tributes when their bodies come home. District 1 tributes are considered failures and dumped in an open pit without any ceremony, their bodies left to decay. District 2 gives their tributes lavish funerals with golden death masks and sweet-scented oils, burying them in a huge crypt with their favorite weapons and armor. District 3 puts small squares of bread into their tributes' coffins. District 4 gives their tributes Viking Funerals. District 5 gives their tributes' families framed diffraction photos of their DNA. District 6 tributes are buried far inland, away from the radioactive ocean. District 7 buries their tributes in pine coffins and covers their eyes with sprigs of spruce. District 8 tributes are the only ones with individual headstones. District 9 tributes are buried in thick cement vaults. District 10's coffins are sent out to sea and said to eventually rest on the other side of the world. District 11 tribute funerals are celebrations of life, the coffins painted with fruit inks while the attendees sing and play music. In District 12, coal dust is sprinkled over the dirt of the coffins after the year's first rain, followed by tessera grain after the Reaping.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Exploited by Madara Uchiha. After his fateful duel and defeat at Hashirama's hands, he knew that Tobirama would preserve his corpse to give him a proper burial out of respect. When he makes his return to wreak havoc among the Shinobi Allied forces, he explains to the heroes that, had they destroyed his body, he wouldn't have been able to use the time-delayed Izanagi to resurrect himself. Sasuke makes sure not to repeat this mistake, incinerating his body with Amaterasu when the Konoha 15 finally manage to kill him a second time.
    • In a much straighter example, Maito Gai has an entire memorial park named in their honor (complete with a statue of their likeness near the entrance) following their Heroic Sacrifice during the Fourth Ninja War. Kakashi makes a point of regularly visiting the statue, much like how he used to with Obito's name on the Memorial Stone.
    • Two mass funerals are held during the story, one early on for the victims of the Uchiha Insurrection and another in the finale for those who died in the Fourth Ninja War.
  • In Wake, Asuka sets up a little shrine for her late guardian Kaji on a cliff overlooking the ruins of Tokyo-3.
  • This Bites!: When Whitebeard dies during the Marineford War, Buggy hijacks the communications in order to eulogize the man, expressing the deep respect he has for his old captain's friend and rival.
  • Hunters of Justice: During their escape from Brainiac's ship, Fria sacrifices herself by using the last of her Maiden powers and passes them onto Penny. Penny then cremates her body using her newfound powers in order to prevent Brainiac from experimenting on her corpse.
  • You Are Not At Fault: During his early wanderings, Shinji builds a memorial for his family and friends by the sea of LCL.
    The tears came again, but Shinji ignored them and continued on. A long piece of wood was stabbed deep into the soft sand, and a horizontal piece was attached with some old nails and a good-sized chunk of concrete. Several hours passed. Eight crosses were made, all standing next to each other. A larger nail was turned into a crude chisel, and eight names were scratched into the wood. Shinji slowly removed the shining silver cross from around his neck and hung it on the nail in Misato's memorial, completing the picture he had formed in his mind several hours ago. He sat back on his haunches and wiped his eyes clear, solidifying the image in his mind.
    'I'll have to come back in a few days, to make sure they're still standing. Perhaps I should come here once a week, like some sort of pilgrimage.'

     Films — Animated 
  • In 9, before the remaining Stitchpunks go after The Seamstress, to get 7 and 8, they give 2 a water burial, sending him off on a raft. Then, at the end of the film the survivors, 9, 7, and 3 + 4 build and light a funeral pyre for the deceased Stitchpunks.
  • The Princess and the Frog: Tiana wants to honor her father's memory by opening a restaurant—her father dreamed of having his own restaurant. At the end, Tiana and Naveen attend Ray's funeral.
  • In the original, uncut version of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, this trope is discussed only by Commissioner Barbara Gordon at the end of the flashback where Robin (Tim Drake) shoots The Joker dead with a BANG Flag Spear Gun:
    Commissioner Barbara Gordon: We buried the Joker deep beneath Arkham. The only other person who knew what happened that night was my father, the first Commissioner Gordon. He promised to keep that night a secret.
  • The Mexican version of this trope, encompassed in the tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the primary driving force behind the plot of Coco. When Miguel takes a guitar from a memorial, he is cursed because he "stole from the dead" and trapped in the Land of the Dead trying to find a way to undo the curse by sunrise before he becomes one of them.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • This is the central dilemma for Private Mitsushima in Japanese film The Burmese Harp. While struggling to make his way to the POW camp where the rest of his unit is interned, Mitsushima keeps running across piles of corpses of Japanese soldiers. This so affects him that he elects to stay behind in Burma and bury Japanese dead rather than go home with his comrades.
  • The Star Wars films show us that Jedi respectfully burn the bodies of their dead. The Phantom Menace has Qui-Gon's funeral, and Return of the Jedi has Luke burn the body of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. Padmé's funeral procession is shown at the end of Revenge of the Sith, with several Naboo and Gungan dignitaries, including Boss Nass, attending. In contrast, Vader is fond of strangling people, dumping them on the floor, and storming off in a rage.
  • The Magnificent Seven opens with a traveling salesmen arguing with the town undertaker over the burial of a Native American who died in the street: the salesman is willing to pay for the burial, but no one is willing to drive the hearse up to Boot Hill because a "certain element" in the town objects to having a non-white buried there and is threatening violence. The matter is resolved when Chris and Vin, the first two of the eponymous seven, volunteer to drive the hearse and engage in a brief gunfight with a group of racists who try to stop them from entering the cemetery. The villagers then approach them to ask for help, for men who do that are men who will help them.
  • James Bond:

  • The plot of The Karate Kid Part II starts when Miyagi gets a letter from Okinawa telling him his father is dying. When he and Daniel get there, Miyagi is confronted by his lifelong rival, Sato, who years ago had assumed Miyagi fled like a coward to avoid facing him, and still holds a grudge.note  However, this confrontation is interrupted by the issue at hand. Miyagi manages to speak to his father briefly together with Sato just before the elder Miyagi finally dies. Sato had regarded the elder Miyagi as a mentor himself, so he sternly tells Miyagi he has three days to mourn before he comes to settle their grudge (unfortunately, Sato's nephew Chozen has quickly taken a dislike to Daniel and gives him a lot of trouble in the meantime).
  • At one point in U-571, the US Marines who've boarded a U-Boat to recover the Enigma decoder are attempting to convince soldiers manning a German warship that they've been sunk, firing the body of one of their fallen comrades out of a torpedo tube along with whatever junk they can get hold of. The private assigned this task regards it as extremely Dirty Business, and takes the time to recite the prayer used for burial at sea before doing so.
  • In Taking Chance, American military members who die while serving overseas are kept under a military escort for their entire trip back to their home town. The movie follows a Marine officer who volunteers to escort PFC Chance Phelps for the last few legs of the trip between Dover AFB and Chance's home town.
  • Elysium: Frey covers Delacourt's body with a sheet after she dies.
  • In Demon Knight, Brayker Dies Wide Open. Jeryline respectfully closes them before taking his blood to refill the Key as its new Guardian. The Collector opens them up again when he finds Brayker's corpse, as if any more proof of his evil was needed.
  • In I, Frankenstein, one of the first clues that Adam is more than a soulless monster is that even though he hates Victor Frankenstein for creating him, he still carries his body back to the family cemetery and digs him a grave.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Jack's first scene has him passing by a few pirate skeletons hung outside the harbor, with a sign reading "Pirates: ye be warned" next to them. His response is to remove his hat and cover his heart, presumably out of respect for the dead. This serves to establish that while Jack may be a rogue, he's not a purely evil man.
  • In the film version of The Indian in the Cupboard, Omri transforms an action figure of an older Native American so he'll release his grip on the tomahawk in his hand and Omri can take the real thing. The older man dies of fright before Omri can do anything to stop it. Little Bear calls Omri out for not only going that far to get the tomahawk and ending the older man's life, but disrupting the life he had back home in the process. He demands that Omri turn the older man back into an action figure so his flesh-and-blood body can be buried in his own world and because "he would want to be back" there. Little Bear wraps and ties up the action figure, and he and Omri release an action-figure-sized deer into Omri's backyard, apparently as compensation for the life lost. They say a few words before Omri buries the action figure with a trough.
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss does this with Rue, inspiring a riot in her district 11. The male District 11 tribute Thresh saves and spares Katniss in deference to this as well, and also savagely kills one of the Careers who gloated about it while attempting to kill Katniss moments before.
  • Female Agents: The last scene is Louise lighting candles in a church for the fallen, as she had promised earlier.
  • The main plot of Son of Saul involves Saul, a prisoner at Auschwitz, trying to get a proper Jewish funeral for a guy who might be his son rather than having the boy burned up in the ovens.
  • The iconic scene in the Australian cult film Stone is the biker funeral escort on the F3 Freeway. During the funeral, the deceased is buried standing up, so he won't have to take anything from the Devil lying down.
  • The Black Hole. The robot crew are seen doing a Burial in Space for one of their own, which tips off the Palomino's crew that all is not as it appears aboard the Cygnus.
  • Star Trek:
    • In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Spock's funeral has his body shot out of the torpedo tube, in a reference to Burial at Sea. The full context (both in the movie itself and over the entire franchise), and especially what happens in the following movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, indicate that this is not the traditional Vulcan burial rite. Starfleet has been around long enough to build up its own customs and traditions about burial while serving.
    • Star Trek: Generations manages to deliver an emotional, powerful ending to Captain Kirk, without need to use words. After Kirk eventually dies from injuries in his final act of heroism, Captain Picard takes the time to do things properly, even when he's alone on a barren planet. He buries Captain Kirk in rocks on a nearby mountaintop and holds vigil overnight before setting out to reunite with his crew.
    • Star Trek (2009): Nero and the Narada's crew all have hairless heads. Except the solitary woman. She got to keep her hair, apparently. In the backstory, it's explained that Romulan men shave their heads when grieving and wear facial tattoos. Nero and his crew are in permanent grief, so they're bald forever.
  • Subverted in Slipstream (1989). After a Battle Couple from an After the End law enforcement agency kill some smugglers, they build a cairn over their bodies while the man prays for them. Then he insists on filling out an incident report, despite the woman telling him that no-one gives a damn. It's presented more as a sign that he's out of touch and clinging to the idea that reports and proper burials matter because he wants to avoid facing reality.
  • Occurs twice in S.O.B.. A group of Felix's friends believe that he would be appalled at the over-the-top Hollywood funeral that is being planned for him, so they steal Felix's body from the funeral parlor in order to give him the funeral that they think he deserves: a Viking funeral where they burn his body at sea on one of Felix's boats. In a subplot that has yet to turn out to be related, a character actor died unknown on the beach in front of Felix's house. The same group all believe this actor never got the respect he deserved, so they substitute his body for Felix's, and they allow the closed casket to be given the previously mentioned over-the-top Hollywood funeral that they think he deserves, with (almost) no one knowing.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • This trope forms a very powerful moment in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When informed by Rocket of Yondu's Heroic Sacrifice, the ninety-nine remaining tribes of Ravagers turn up for his funerary cremation and, in recognition of his atonement, fly their salute: the Colors of Ogord. Various captains are also seen delivering a Ravager salute in Yondu's honor, as does a jubilant Kraglin, who realizes his captain had earned redemption.
    • Shows up twice in Black Panther (2018). After learning of the circumstances surrounding his uncle's death, T'Challa is upset to learn that his body was just left in his apartment and not given a proper burial. Later in the movie, T'Challa is apparently killed and thrown over a cliff by Killmonger. His younger sister Shuri laments that this means they can't bury him.
    • In Captain Marvel (2019), a Skrull infiltrator posing as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes a moment to pray for a fallen comrade who's been subjected to an Alien Autopsy, even though this risks his cover. It's an early hint that the Skrull-Kree War isn't as black and white as it seems.
    • Spiderman Far From Home opens with a memorial tribute to the Avengers who died during the events of Infinity War and Endgame: Vision, Black Widow, and Iron Man, and a tribute is also paid to Captain America, even though he's still alive. In addition, throughout the movie, there can be seen a number of murals and other art memorializing Tony Stark.
  • Ad Astra. When someone dies in space, their body gets prayers, then is Thrown Out the Airlock in their space suit. This is in contrast to the Lima crew who have been left floating where they died, a sign of their commander's callousness and Sanity Slippage.
  • Cry Blood, Apache: When Vittorio returns to the camp and finds his entire tribe slaughtered, he buries all of them before he embarks on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • The Revengers: When Benedict is shot and Left for Dead, Job gives money to the saloon keeper to see that he receives a proper burial. However, after Job leaves, the saloon keeper discovers that Benedict is Not Quite Dead.
  • Rhymes for Young Ghouls: Alia and Joe's trauma over losing Anna is only deepened by the fact that she's also been denied proper burial because hers is a death by suicide. In fact, it's happened to many people, all buried close together. They visit her grave out in the forest regularly to make up for this.
  • Cargo (2013): a couple of survivors from the group that shoot the father are seen digging a grave in the background while the woman in their group plays with Rosie.
  • Prairie Fever: After Blue is shot by Logan, the others bury her: marking her grave with a cross of branches, hung with a sketch of her done by Abigale, while Lettie plays the organ and sings a hymn. Preston then speaks some stumbling words over the grave. It is a surprisingly touching scene.
  • In the 1971 Western Hannie Caulder, bounty hunter Price (Robert Culp), whenever he kills his quarry, always gives back part of his reward to pay for the funeral. When Hannie (Raquel Welch) takes up the profession, she does the same thing.
  • Enemy Mine. The bodies of the soldiers killed in the war are shown being ejected from a spaceship amid a solemn funeral dirge. Then we Gilligan Cut to what's actually going on, with the corpses on a conveyor belt being briefly paused while a bored technician looks up their religious denomination and plays the appropriate music (until the music machine breaks down). The protagonist is nearly ejected into space himself, but turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
  • In Son of a Gun, JR and Lynch are preparing to dispose of Sterlo's body. JR, who is obviously uncomfortable with this, asks if they shouldn't say some words or something. Lynch thinks about this for a few moments, then says "Where you're going, there is no parole". He and JR then set fire to truck and push it off the cliff into a flooded mine.
  • In The Dry, Billy's classmates at the primary school plant a tree in his memory after he is killed in a family annihilation. The principal Scott Whitlam says to Aaron that he is not sure how he is going to explain it to the students when the tree inevitably dies due to the ongoing drought.
  • In My Science Project, Cleopatra tosses a flower to Vince. After the protagonists kill a Neanderthal, Vince lays the flower on its chest.
  • In Highlander, Connor makes a promise to his first mortal wife Heather to light a candle on her birthday every year after her passing. He honours this promise for four centuries.
  • Greyhound: During an engagement with a U-boat, GREYHOUND takes a hit from the sub's deck gun. Later, Commander Krause is informed three of his crew were killed. Since they don't have room to carry bodies for any length of time, he orders an immediate burial at sea. The three bodies are draped in American flags as the crew gathers on deck, the ship slows to a stop, the bell is rung and one by one the names are read and the bodies are dropped overboard accompanied by a 21-Gun Salute. The event is marred slightly when the body of Mess Mate George Cleveland, Krause's personal steward, gets caught on the flag, and has to be shaken loose.
  • Lake Placid: In 3, Brett places his jacket over Charlie's remains. However, he also doesn't hesitate to Speak Ill of the Dead, admitting that he hated Charlie and considered him to be a pervert and an idiot (which is a fair description).
  • Ulzana's Raid: DeBuin cares a lot about properly burying the dead, whether they are murdered homesteaders, Apache enemies, or his own men. This is mostly shown in a compassionate light, although it does overlap with a Kick the Dog moment when he specifically orders the Token Enemy Minority Army Scout to bury a man who was tortured to death.
  • The Theatre Bizarre: In "Vision Strains", The Writer thinks she is memorialising the women she murders by writing down their stories in her journals, because otherwise they would be completely forgotten. During her Villainous Breakdown, a voice in her head (which may just her saner self) tells her that she is doing no such thing. All she is doing is stealing other people's stories because she has no creativity of her own.
  • In Revenge for Jolly!, Harry and Cecil bury Harry's murdered dog in his backyard and light a firecracker in her memory.

  • Book 8 of the Lone Wolf series, The Jungle of Horrors, has a few examples.
    • If you take the Barge to Tharro at the beginning of the book you get to witness both sides of this trope. The Necromancer that you fight and kill on the barge has his corpse weighted with rocks and tossed overboard like so much garbage. On the other hand, the friendly NPC that was killed by that necromancer is laid to rest in a casket and given a respectful burial in the river.
    • If you take the Great North Road, you might end up at an abbey. The monks of said abbey are actually undead Vordaks that murdered the real monks and took their place. After dealing with the Vordaks, Lone Wolf discovers the bodies of the real monks and takes the time to bury them.

  • In A Brother's Price, when the heroes find the naked corpse of a man, one of the leaders covers the body with her cloak, and it is arranged for the body to be transported back to the man's home, so that he can be buried with his wives, who were killed in the same attack where he was captured.
  • In Dragon Queen, Trava buries her father and then says some words over him.
  • In Dragon Bones the heroes burn the bandits they encounter without much ado. When Ward finds the dead bodies of the population of a whole village, apparently used for an evil blood sacrifice, he burns them too, but also speaks a prayer. Which is shown to actually have a spiritual effect in-universe - the funeral pyre burns much faster than would be normal
  • In The Lord of the Rings, having no other options, they put Boromir's body in a boat and send it down a waterfall, as the river would keep the orcs from it.
    • In the Appendices, Tolkien recounts the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, which broke out after orcs killed Thrór, heir of Durin and desecrated his body. After the final battle of that war, the dwarves had to cremate their dead, being too numerous to bury them in the traditional stone tombs, and earth burials being unacceptable. As a consequence, to say of one's ancestor that "He was a burned dwarf" came to be a boast that he had fought and died in this battle.
    • It's made very clear that in the eyes of Men, Orcs do not merit Due to the Dead: at one point the characters encounter a battlefield where the victorious Rohirrim have piled the vanquished Orcs' bodies up and burned them, leaving an Orc's severed head on a spike. (It's interesting to compare this to Tolkien's depiction of the siege at Minas Tirith, where the bombarding of the fortress with severed human heads is portrayed in very emotive terms as a particularly horrifying and barbaric act.)
      • And Orcs don't practise Due to the Dead either; as well as the example cited above, one reason why Saruman fails to beguile Théoden in the chapter "The Voice of Saruman" is that the King is irate about the mistreatment of doorwarden Hama's corpse in the Helm's Deep battle.
    • In The Silmarillion heroes like Tùrin Turambar are given great burial mounds. In "The Akallabêth" Númenórëans start to build great tombs for their dead after their decline and fall to pride.
      • Their descendants in the kingdom of Cardolan (next to the Shire) reverted back to mounds: hence the Barrowdowns, and the Barrowwights.
  • In the Deryni works:
    • The House of Haldane has a royal crypt below Saint George's Cathedral in Rhemuth. Various characters are seen paying their respects and leaving floral tributes. Kelson has Sidana buried there, despite the extreme brevity of their marriage.
    • The House of Furstán has the Field of Kings, "a vast walled necropolis" located near Toernthály. It includes the Nikolaseum, which is dedicated to Prince Nikola, who saved his elder brother Arkady's life in the Battle of Killingford in the eleventh century. Nikola's effigy is slightly larger than life-sized and is accompanied by a statue of Arkady grieving beside it. Also in the area is the Hagia Iób, a memorial church that contains the tomb of Furstán himself; Torenthi kings are invested at his sepulchre, which thrums with power.
    • Sir Sé Trelawney visits Marie de Corwyn's grave annually, leaving a floral wreath behind. They were engaged to be married when she was poisoned.
    • Morgan and his sister Bronwyn both visit the tomb of their mother Lady Alyce de Corwyn Morgan in Culdi. The tomb features a beautiful carved effigy of Alyce.
    • The twelfth-century Servants of Saint Camber use a series of caves for their tombs, and they retain burial customs from an earlier age. They place netlike shrouds over their dead with tiny stones or shiral crystals tied to the intersections, and the graves also contain offerings of food and drink.
  • In Ben Counter's Grey Knights, Alaric gets permission to go where Ligeia died in order to say a prayer commending her soul to the Emperor.
    • Earlier, his Rousing Speech said, "we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here."
  • In Nick Kyme's Warhammer 40,000 novel Salamander, Tsu'gan fights fiercely to protect his dead captain's body; the next chapter features all his company attending his funeral.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Cedric's ghost asks Harry to retrieve his corpse, and Harry does so.
    • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, many students want to attend Dumbledore's funeral.
    • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry sees fallen Moody's magical eye on Umbridge's office door and is so enraged that he steals it back, which ends up helping to blow their cover. He later buries it under "the oldest, most gnarled and resilient-looking tree he could find", marking the spot with a cross on the trunk.
    • Later in the same book, he insists on digging Dobby's grave by hand, rather than using magic. He and his friends also remove pieces of their own clothing to give to Dobby's corpse: Harry himself gives Dobby his jacket, Dean gives Dobby his hat, and arguably the biggest clothes sacrifice of the three, Ron takes off his own shoes and socks, and gives them to Dobby.
    • This is something even Voldemort respects, allowing the school, besieged by his forces, time to mourn their dead.
  • The Reynard Cycle: In Defender of the Crown, Reynard shows a defeated Calvarian army a measure of respect by laying their dead to rest according to their custom: The dead are laid out respectfully in concentric circles with their weapons planted in the dirt near their heads. Ironically, his own army sees this as a sign of deliberate disrespect, as the convention in the South is to burn the dead. Leaving corpses out in the open is something they only do to criminals. It's implied that Reynard knew the effect this would have, and is having his cake and eating it too.
    • Later, he requests that Isengrim be treated in a similar fashion (in the same location no less), but one of his Graycloaks objects, because "a blood-guard should be laid to rest with his own sword", and Reynard was going to lay him to rest with the blade that killed him. Reynard refuses to comply, stating: "He was no blood-guard." It's implied that he meant this as a compliment.
  • In the medieval Chivalric Romance Sir Amadas, Sir Amadas pays a dead man's debts so that he can be buried. A White Knight appears to help him. After Sir Amadas has married a princess, the knight reveals that he is the ghost of the dead man, come to aid him as a reward for his deed.
  • In Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain novel Caves of Ice, Cain has to tell the troopers they cannot return with the body of a fallen soldier but must destroy it. Even Cain seems disturbed by the necessity; recording it, decades later, causes him to reflect sadly on the number of dead he knew, and whom no one else would remember as soon as he died.
    • In Death and Glory, Felicia Tayber carefully lays a vox communicator to rest — out of respect to its machine spirit.
  • In James Swallow's Blood Angels novels, Deus Encarmine begins on, and Deus Sanguinius ends on, shrine worlds that the Blood Angels have dedicated to the graves of their dead. In between, Rafen goes to personally pay his respects to the dead Koris; the chaplain permits it, because while he carries out the proper rites, he is aware that many wish to do such for their friends. Rafen, Talking to the Dead, has Koris's communicator fall to his hand. He uses it, though aware that using a dead man's equipment is forbidden except under the gravest of circumstances; when he confesses to this, his superiors are grave, even though they concede that it was the gravest of circumstances and they must put the question aside until those circumstances are dealt with. Later, he goes to the ship to personally write Koris's name in the Book of the Fallen, which is usually done by the Sanguinary Priests, but is sometimes done by friends — and it's done in their own blood.
    • In Red Fury, a Blood Angel whose forbidden experiments had unleashed mutants was executed, and at the suggestion that his geneseed be removed, Rafen orders him merely cremated, as part of his sentence; later, Rafen and his squad are awe-struck to be in the presence of Sanguinius's tomb and are willing to fight to the death to protect it from mutants, and afterward, one of them is troubled that their Chapter Master opened the doors to let the mutants in, though it was necessary; and votive rolls hang in the Blood Angels chapel for all who died in the defense of the tomb, regardless of chapter, and though no one but Blood Angels had received that honor in living memory, it is nonetheless regarded as fitting, because they all died in defense of their common primarch's tomb.
    • In Black Tide, Rafen and his companions must leave a body, having not a grenade to burn it. Rafen assured him, dying, that he would tell his brothers that he lived to see the death of his foe.
    • In "The Returned", Tarikus, who had wondered why he was forgotten, sees he was properly commemorated with rites for the dead — which is a problem, since his Chapter holds that ghosts do not walk their citadel. Once declared free of taint, his first act is to break the memorial and use the knife there to cross out his name.
  • Andre Norton:
    • In Witch World, when Simon Tregarth is told that Koris went to bury the two men who died in the shipwreck, he feels ashamed of himself for not realizing that Koris would do that.
    • In The Year of the Unicorn, the Were-Riders laid out Herrel and Gillian's bodies with all honor — except their spirits made it back and revived themselves. Herrel is unmoved; they never respected him like that when he was alive.
    • In Ware Hawk, the heroine nearly stops to bury the dead before going on because they had found one survivor who had to take precedence.
    • In Ice Crown, the heroine sees the queen and her attendants in full mourning. Her ability to describe this clinches the accuracy of the vision in question.
    • In The Zero Stone, Jern and Eet's final destination proves to be a tomb. They talk of grave goods, and burial practices; Jern finds it hard to believe that the multiple species here had a common one, because there is so much in-species variation.
  • In William Shakespeare's "The Phoenix and the Turtle", many birds are called to the Meaningful Funeral, to show this.
    To this urn let those repair
    That are either true or fair;
    For these dead birds sigh a prayer.
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
    • In Night Watch, we learn why some bodies in the cemetery are being treated with extra respect. And why they wear lilac. It was a badge used to distinguish Friend or Foe, originally.
    • The Discworld's Silver Horde have a word for those who rob the graves of fallen warriors. That word is "Die!"
    • A nonhuman version occurs in The Fifth Elephant when Gavin, a wolf, went up against Angua's brother Ludwig, and died. Gaspode finds his corpse, and has a natural instinct overtake his magic Talking Animal behaviour and howls. The howl carries for miles, and all know.
      "Shouldn't be like this. If you was a human, they'd put you in a big boat out on the tide and set fire to it, an' everyone'd see. Shouldn't just be you an' me down here in the cold."
    • In Men at Arms, we learn that dwarfs have to be buried with a very good quality weapon, to face ... whatever (dwarfs don't have much in the way of superstition, but there's no point taking chances). One dwarfish ghost insists that if it doesn't happen, he will wander the night in torment, despite Death trying to convince him he doesn't have to (Carrot makes sure he gets it).
  • In Johnny and the Dead, the novel revolves about the plan to dig up a cemetery to replace it with a high-rise.
  • In Graham McNeill's Ultramarines novels, Uriel goes to pay his respects before his primarch, Roboute Guilliman in stasis.
    • In Dead Sky, Black Sun, Uriel and Pasanius must restrain Leonid when he tries to prevent Ellard's body being eaten by the Unfleshed; they remind him that he swore to join their oath and that the dead man is before the Emperor and does not care about his body. Later, Uriel promises the dying Colonel Leonid that if he escapes, he will light a candle to help his soul wing its way to the Emperor. On the other hand, Uriel watches in complete indifference to the Unfleshed tearing apart the Iron Warriors and eating them; then, given the experiments that they had performed (and on the Unfleshed), he thought they deserved their fate.
    • In the short story Consequences Uriel spends five days inscribing the names of his fallen men into the stone pillars of the Temple of Correction. Afterwards, when he is arrested for breaking the Codex Astartes he thanks the Captain coming for him that he was allowed to finish writing the names. The Captain (who doesn't like Uriel) replies that it was not to do him a favour, but out of respect for the dead.
    • And in The Chapter's Due, after the renegade Vaanes died helping Uriel in a hopeless battle, Captain Shaan of the Raven Guard orders the apothecary to take Vaanes' gene seed, effectively acknowledging him as part of the Chapter for one last time, thus proving that Vaanes was not as alone as he thought.
  • In Plato's Phaedo, when Crito asks Socrates how they should bury him, Socrates jests that they will have to catch him to do that, and then explains that they can't bury him, but only his corpse.
    Be of good cheer, then, my dear Crito, and say that you are burying my body only, and do with that whatever is usual, and what you think best.
  • In H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy, a human kills one of the Fuzzies and claims she was just an animal and attacked him. Then the other Fuzzies gather up her body, dig a grave, and gently bury her. A policeman who arrived in time to see the burial — and took off his beret in respect until it was over — takes this as evidence that the human should be arrested for murder.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga:
    • Barrayaran culture calls for burning offerings to the dead. They get mentioned a few times:
      • When Cordelia, in Barrayar, persuades a scientist, who considers himself above such superstition but feels haunted by the death of a colleague murdered in his laboratory, to gain mental peace by making an offering to the colleague anyway, and moves the surviving scientist to a new lab;
      • In "The Mountains of Mourning", after Miles had an infant disinterred to confirm that she'd been murdered, he realizes he doesn't have anything with him to burn. He thinks: Peace to you, small lady, after our rude invasions. I will give you a better sacrifice, I swear by my word as Vorkosigan. And the smoke of that burning will rise and be seen from one end of these mountains to the other. This tradition plays a part in the eventual punishment of the culprit.
      • When Miles burns an offering to his grandfather (with a bit of Rage Against the Heavens, as he's including his proof that he graduated the military academy, and yells "Are you happy now?");
      • An attempt to burn an offering to the same infant in Memory helps spark Miles's recovery from his life going off-kilter;
      • We hear in Komarr that prior to that book, Miles went with Duv Galeni to burn an offering at the site of the Solstice Massacre—where Duv's aunt died, and for which Miles's father was (mostly unjustly) blamed.
      • In Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen it was mentioned that at Aral Vorkosigan's funeral his widow Cordelia cut off all her waist-length hair "nearly to the root" to burn as an offering. No protests were made and no questions asked.
    • In The Warrior's Apprentice, Miles Vorkosigan insists on burying Sergeant Bothari's body in a grave he dug himself. He explains to his mother that Bothari told him that "blood washes away sin," and he feels responsible for the death, so he literally works until his hands bleed. Cordelia's relative silence is interesting, given that she was the one who told Bothari that, in a very different context—to help him recover after he'd saved her life by killing his sadistic commander. This exchange also opened with Cordelia telling Miles that he could dig the hole in a few seconds with a plasma arc, something that Aral had told her when they dug the grave for her dead crewman, on the day they met.
    • Cetaganda takes place during the funeral rites of the Empress Dowager of Cetaganda. Miles and Ivan were sent to pay proper respects.
    • In A Civil Campaign, after some advice from Cordelia, Ekaterin gets Miles to agree to a small wedding: since she's a widow, they would have to wait for a large one.
    • In Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, it is explained that Lady Alys burns an offering for her late husband every year on the anniversary of his death, on the exact spot where he died (she has enough pull to get traffic diverted for an hour or so at dawn). Even worse, her husband was shot in the head with a nerve disruptor, which burned his hair, meaning she is reliving the same scent over and over. After Ivan gets married, she passes on the chore to him, if he wants to continue the tradition. (He decides not to, as it is a depressing way to start a birthday.)
    • Barrayarans also use funeral pyres for the most highly regarded of their dead: a young Gregor Vorbarra lights both his grandfather Ezar and his mother Kareen's funeral pyre.
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's World of the Five Gods series, funeral rites involve using sacred animals — or a helpful saint — to determine which of the five gods has taken up the dead person's soul. This is taken up to another level entirely towards the end of The Hallowed Hunt.
  • In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Sabbat Martyr, Gaunt insists on a naalwood coffin for Corbec.
    • In Blood Pact, the planet's major industry is commemorating the dead. Gaunt muses on why Ayatani Zweil is their chaplain; a big reason is his care for the dying and the dead. Later, Gaunt proves his identity by recounting how he had covered Sturm's face with a cloth after his death, as a mark of respect. Eyl contemplates how he must treat a dead man's mask with respect, to appease the ghost and the spirits. And at the end Dorden asks Gaunt to have his body brought back to a chapel and buried there.
  • In Dan Abnett's Malleus, Eisenhorn at the end recounts the funeral rites for all those who died at the climax — varied, because of their varied cultures.
    • Ranging from a vast library and institution dedicated to the name of one veteran inquisitor, to a single small headstone in a lonely, wind-swept mass grave for a Cadian Inquisitor. (It's a planet where ~90% of the population are in the military, and the graves are exhumed once the names are too weathered to read, to make room for more. Quite a depressing contrast.)
  • In Stephen Hunt's The Court of the Air, after a tortured and murdered steam man was thrown into the river, his body was retrieved and given funeral rites before King Steam. Steam men's true names can be pronounced at these rites, though otherwise they remain unknown except to the bearer and King Steam. Thereafter they are recalled in the hymns of their people. When Slowstack laments that the steammen will not believe how the Hexamachina chose him, Molly promises to tell his story in penny dreadfuls to make them.
    • Commodore Black, lamenting his men's death on an island in the Back Story, recounts how difficult it was for him to bury them. (Though clearly it did not stop him.)
    • In Hunt's other book The Kingdom Beneath the Waves, a lashlite (a dragon-like humanoid) is exiled for dooming his clan to damnation by not giving them the proper last rites. He pleads that he couldn't, as lashlite death rites require the dead to be eaten by their clansfolk, leaving "nothing for the enemy". He was the last one left alive out of hundreds, so he couldn't possibly eat them all.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's The Long Watch, Interplanetary Patrol Lieutenant John Dahlquist, after a superior attempts to recruit him into a coup attempt, instead makes a Heroic Sacrifice by barricading himself in the nuclear armory and manually disabling all the nuclear weapons, taking a fatal dose of radiation in the process. He dies alone, sitting by the door he barricaded. It takes handling gear and a robotic piloted ship to bring his corpse to Earth for a hero's funeral.
    • Dalquist is referenced in a later story with a place of honor that everytime the roll call for the patrol is read, his name is always read as on duty.
  • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 novel Storm of Iron, Leonid cries at Vauban's funeral, not so much for the death as for the spontaneous attendance of his men. Vauban had said his men did not love him, but now he knows that to be false.
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, they make shrouds for campers who go on quests. They use them too: for the corpses on the pyre, if recovered, and in place of the corpse, if it could not be.
  • In Dan Abnett's Brothers of the Snake, the Iron Snakes reclaim their brothers' gene seed and bring their bodies back as ashes to pour into the ocean; when a sea serpent rises from the waves after that rite, they hail it as a good omen, reclaiming the dead. Priad brings back accounts of their deeds, and commends them.
  • Ben Counter
    • In the Warhammer 40,000 story "Words of Blood", Valerian objects to retreating. Athellenas threatens him with not only execution, but striking his name from the book of honor, no mention at the Feast of the Departed, and not reclaiming his geneseed.
    • In the Soul Drinkers novel Chapter War, the Howling Griffins have the names of their dead engraved on the wall and carefully kept illuminated at all times.
  • In The Last Chancers novels, Colonel Schaeffer scrupulously pardons all the dead of his penal legion. Not only does it give their families succor, it frees their souls before the Golden Throne.
  • William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying — the entire plot.
  • In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novel The Spell Sword, Damon regrets the dead bodies left out on the road; Ellemir consoles him with a proverb to the effect that if they are in Heaven, they cannot be grieved by it, and if they are in Hell, they have too much else to grieve for.
  • C. S. Lewis
    • In The Great Divorce, one damned woman grieved so excessively over her dead son — keeping everything in his room the same, etc. — that her husband and daughter revolted. She is convinced that this was merely proper mourning.
    • In Till We Have Faces, Orual sets out to find her sacrificed sister's body, for a proper burial.
  • Jane Yolen's The Cards of Grief depicts a culture where commemorating the dead is the central practice. (The corpses of the dead are exposed, and eaten by vulture-like birds.)
  • In Animorphs, when the Andalites recover Rachel's body, they wrapped it up in a soft cloth as a gesture of respect, before bringing it back for Cassie and Naomi to identify. Compare to Visser Three, who killed his enemy, Elfangor, by EATING HIM.
    • The death ritual Ax and his father go through counts as well. Ax's father asks if Elfangor died well, and Ax responds that he died in battle. Dad then asks if his killer is dead, and Ax takes the vow to avenge his death. (Tobias could have gotten in on it too, as Elfangor's son, but you don't hear much of the vengeance vow by the time that's revealed to Tobias.)
  • In Wen Spencer's Endless Blue, Mikhail concludes, after their crash landing, that they will have to bury the dead at sea: they cannot leave them about to rot where they must live. He finds it rather hard.
  • In Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe books, Stormwings are half-human, half-steel-feathered-bird immortals who thrive on fear and carnage. They'll circle over a site where they expect a battle will be, and after it's over, they mix the remains of the dead with their own filth and roll around in it. (A running theme in the books is how this isn't evil, it's just their nature, no matter how distasteful it is to humans. They were made to make war more horrific.) Most victorious commanders will retrieve their own dead for a decent burial but leave the enemies to the Stormwings. Kel of Protector of the Small generally disapproves of this and is careful to dispose of even the enemy dead respectfully, but in Lady Knight, after winning a battle against a necromancer who murders small children so he can use their souls to bring war machines to life and sell them to a militaristic king, she lets the Stormwings have him and his men (saying that someone should get some good out of it).
    • Fridge Brilliance: In Wolf Speaker Daine learned that because it's so difficult for them to have children Stormwings value the young of every species. Aly even mentions Aunt Daine told her they like children when she sees Stormwings swooping down to rescue children about to be trampled in a mob in Trickster's Queen. Leaving Blayce and his men to the Stormwings could be argued to be one of the more fitting ends for him.
  • In At the Crossing-Places by Kevin Crossley-Holland, sequel to The Seeing Stone, a Jewish moneylender is murdered on the manor of an English lord, ca. 1200. The priest and most of the others want to leave him for the dogs, but the protagonist (the squire to the manor's lord) gets someone to help him move the body inside a building, and when the lord gets home he has the man buried just outside their own cemetery. A while later the man's young daughter comes looking to find out whether he's dead or alive. The squire shows her his grave, expecting her to be comforted that they gave him a semblance of a Christian burial, but of course she's dismayed because he should have had a Jewish burial by his family.
  • In the Imperial Guard novel Cadian Blood, the Imperial forces are supposed to pray for the dead they find, and see to it that the bodies are burned, in order to give them some chance at redemption; they do not like it because it interferes with fighting.
  • In James Swallow's Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Garro finds that the bolter given to him had belonged to his dead comrade Pyr Rahl; he reflects on how the Death Guard pass on their effects from one man to the next, to remember the dead. Then he sees the belongings of his dead housecarl Kaleb, which no one else would want to claim. Though tempted to throw it all out and so be free, that would be ignoble; he goes through it instead.
  • In Steve Parker's Imperial Guard novel Gunheads, when they find the murdered slaves, the Guardsmen stop to pray for them, and Bergen orders that their confessors see to the bodies, although they will have to be burned.
  • In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in the Horus Heresy book Tales of Heresy), Angron is enraged that he cannot get dirt from where he lost to add to his "rope" — how can he properly commemorate the dead?
  • In C. S. Goto's Dawn of War trilogy, Jonas characterizes the rite "Beacon Psykana" as an honor paid to the dead.
  • In Dune, the Fremen place the bodies of the dead into machines which render them down and recover their body's water, which is then added to the tribe's stockpiles. This is regarded as not only practical (since water is so scarce on Arrakis that to let the water in a corpse go to waste is pointlessly foolish) but also a way of honouring the fallen Fremen, since they get to continue to serve the tribe even in death. It is considered a particular honour to be allowed to take the water of a non-Fremen, and the Fremen often dishonour enemies by either slitting their throats (thus wasting their water) or otherwise not reclaiming it since it is their way of saying that a fallen foe's water is not worthy of being drunk by the Fremen. When Paul Atreides attends the funeral of Jamis the Fremen are awed when he shows the highest level of respect for Jamis by "giving water to the dead." (A.K.A. crying at the funeral)
  • Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout:
    • When Nero's friend Marko is murdered at the beginning of "The Black Mountain", Wolfe asks the coroner for permission to honor an old promise he'd make Marko. When permission is given, Wolfe places two small coins on his friend's eyes. (He then heads off to Montenegro to hunt down the murderer, but that's a different trope.)
    • In Fer-de-lance when Maria Maffei goes to Wolfe to ask him to find her missing brother, she tells him that she has over a thousand dollars saved up, and that if he finds Carlo alive she will pay him all of it, but if Carlo is dead, she will pay less, because "First [she] will pay for the funeral." Wolfe not only considers this perfectly reasonable, he commends her for it and says she is "a woman of honor".
    • In the novella "Cordially Invited To Meet Death", (published in the omnibus volume Black Orchids) Wolfe sends a spray of extremely rare note  black orchids to the funeral of a client whose murder he could not prevent.
  • In Karl May's "Durchs Wilde Kurdistan" (Through Wild Kurdistan, the second volume of the Orient Cycle), a religious leader of zoroastric sect is killed and everybody helps in building a cairn, sort of, to bury him. This includes the very pious Muslim Hadschi Halef Omar, the servant, protector and friend of the protagonist.
  • In Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Katniss adorns her ally Rue's corpse in wildflowers. Considering the blasé way the tributes' deaths are usually treated, this also serves as a wicked Take That! to the Capitol, humanizing the fallen competitor in the normally disconnected Games.
  • John C. Wright has a few examples:
    • In the Chronicles of Chaos series:
      • In Orphans of Chaos, Quentin insists on burying bodies properly.
      • In Fugitives of Chaos, Morpheus recounts how he has performed, over the eons, the rites for his knights who died in the war — and how an enemy tried to incite his vassals to revolt, even though it would result in the death of Morpheus's son, with the promise that the son would receive full honors.
    • In Count To A Trillion, this is the one element of religion that Menelaus admires. He reads a future without religion, and his only serious objection is how to conduct a proper funeral without someone to say something proper over the grave.
  • In Dan Abnett's Horus Heresy novel Horus Rising, the planet Murder had trees on which the aliens threw dead bodies before they ate them. One Marine was so horrified by the desecration of the corpses that he blew up some trees.
  • In Andy Hoare's White Scars novel Hunt for Voldorius, the White Scar scouts find unburied bodies and are distressed by the lack of respect for the dead; one wishes to bury the dead — even hesitating over a direct order — and his sergeant admits they should, but they cannot.
  • In Homer's The Iliad, Patrocles's funeral — and Hector's, once Achilles gave it up.
    • Achilles abuses and mangles the corpse of Hector after killing him, in revenge for the death of his friend/lover Patroclus, making this Older Than Feudalism. Achilles' attempt to mutilate Hector's corpse by dragging it behind his chariot three laps around the city was stopped by the Greek Gods themselves, who used their powers to keep the body untouched. They don't agree on much else, but proper treatment of the honorable dead is very high on their standards of behavior.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Shadows In The Moonlight", in Olivia's dream, the Physical God, arriving too late to save his son, retrieves his body.
  • The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson:
    • The Parshendi species consider it sinful to move the body of a fallen warrior from where it lies on the battlefield; noncombatants are wrapped in white linen and given sky burials on stone slabs. Kaladin triggers the Berserk Button of an entire Parshendi army by deliberately Desecrating the Dead and wearing their armour; conversely, Eshonai the Parshendi begins to consider Dalinar a Worthy Opponent when she sees him treat Parshendi dead with respect.
    • Alethi nobility like to honour their dead by dressing them elegantly, transmuting them into stone statues, and displaying them in their mausoleums. Some of them find the practice a bit macabre all the same.
    • The Alethi bridgemen, who are often assigned to menial duties when not being sent to carry bridges into Parshendi arrow barrages, are sent into the deep chasms of the Shattered Plains to recover the equipment of the soldiers who have fallen into the pits. The entire area is regarded with reverence, and while the bridgemen do have to loot the dead, they treat them with as much respect as they can, particularly if they find another bridgeman among the fallen.
  • In The Stand by Stephen King, Frannie Goldsmith buries her father, a victim of the superflu informally called "Captain Trips," in the garden he tended with utmost care in life. It's a painful ordeal in every way from physical to emotional.
  • Important in Malevil. A day after World War III Colin, Meyssonier, and Peyssou leave the shelter of the castle to investigate their homes and recover their loved ones. They return with the remains of three families that fill a two by one box. Afterwards, they make sure to properly bury the remains of their enemies for both health concerns and to practice better morals and respect than that of brigands. At the end, Gazel is being pressured not to give Fulbert a Christian burial. Emmanuel intervenes because he doesn't want a modern day Antigone.
  • In the first book of The Riftwar Cycle, the only known truce between the Tsurani and Kingdom armies was during the Siege of Crydee. With all of the dead bodies piling up outside the walls, they need to dispose of the bodies before disease spreads. One squad of Kingdom soldiers goes outside the walls unarmed to erect funeral pyres. A few hours later, a squad of unarmed Tsurani soldiers leave their camp and help set up the pyres. After the bodies are burned, the soldiers exchanged salutes and returned to their own lines, at which point the battle resumed.
    • The bodies of the Nighthawks are always given a funeral pyre. This is not due to respect, though. Some Nighthawks are Black Slayers, and if you don't burn them, they'll come back from the dead and attack again.
  • In the second Green Rider book, Karigan learns of a ritual the original Riders used to honor their fallen while traveling through time. At the end of the book she restarts the tradition.
  • In Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books, a wall carries the names of fallen Jurisfiction agents.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • After Tyrion arrives in King's Landing, he notes that the heads of those executed as part of Ned Stark's failed attempt to remove Joffrey, a bastard born of incest, and Queen Cersei from power are on display on the battlements. Tyrion makes a point of removing the heads, reuniting them with the bodies they had come from, and ordering the return all of the remains to their families, particularly the body of Ned Stark. He says, "Even in war, certain decencies have to be observed."
    • Ser Loras Tyrell tells Ser Jaime Lannister in A Storm of Swords: "I buried him [Lord Renly Baratheon] with mine own hands, in a place he showed me once when I was a squire at Storm's End. No one shall ever find him there to disturb his rest."
    • A Dance with Dragons has Stannis' army lost in the North as winter descends, and some of the men are driven to cannibalism. Even though it is clear to everyone that the cannibals had not actually killed the men (they were already dead from cold), and that they were literally starving to death themselves, this is considered such an abominable desecration that the cannibals are executed.
    • Thoroughly averted in The Princess and the Queen, with the body of King Viserys, who is left to rot in his bedchamber for days, denied last rites and any sort funeral preparations so the Greens can secure his son's succession over his older sister.
  • The Elenium:
    • The knights find the body of a child killed by the Seeker. Kalten doesn't have a shovel, so he digs the girl's grave with his bare hands, and Bevier recites the Elene prayer for the dead.
    • Weaponized by Bevier at one point: after giving a guard captain an on-the-spot execution for insubordination, he intimidates the man's followers into obedience by leading them in prayers for the dead man's soul.
    • After Kurik's death at the end, Sephrenia uses her magic to prevent his body from decomposing prior to his funeral.
    • The week long mourning rites that the church goes through following the death of Archprelate Cluvonius.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us a number of different funeral customs.
    • From the X-Wing Series, the New Republic sometimes shoots dead servicemen into stars. Survivors of Alderaan often shoot their dead into the asteroid field that is all that remains of their home planet. Corellians, during the planet's isolationist era, while unable to return home, would cremate their dead, pressing the ashes into diamonds. Which are then set into the walls of a building on Courscant, to recreate the star field as seen over their homeworld.
    • In Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead, Necropolis and its people were cursed long ago and told that something terrible would befall them if they did not respect their dead. Consequently they bury bodies instead of incinerating them, and insist on burying anyone who dies on Necropolis, tombstone included. They have elaborate traditions built around these things, even though most half believe at best. A villain takes advantage of these traditions to make zombies; he's killed fighting the protagonists, and his assistant dies mysteriously.
  • In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Rachael and the others make arrangements for Pete's burial.
    • Later, Rachael talks of making a cairn for a dead woman, and then sending someone to retrieve her body. She does this for the dead woman's brother, not for the woman's own sake.
  • In Rick Cook's Limbo System, Father Simon prays for a dead Colonist.
  • In Warrior Cats, a vigil is held overnight for the family and friends of a fallen warrior to say their last goodbyes, and in the morning, the Clan elders bury the body. There have been occasions where enemy warriors have been returned to their own Clans for their Clan to mourn them. There are exceptions, however. When Clawface (who had murdered a medicine cat) was killed in battle, it was decided that a couple of apprentices would bury the body, and no elders need be present, as his actions meant he did not deserve a funeral.
  • In the Dragaera novels:
    • Distinguished Dragaerans' bodies are brought to Greymist Valley and sent over the Blood River waterfalls known as Deathgate (which is a literal gate to their afterlife). Most often shown being arranged for Dragonlords who fall heroically in battle, even if (like Napper) they were killed with soul-destroying Morganti weapons and there's nothing left of them but a corpse.
    • Also, House Dzur maintains records on all its members who have died heroically, and inscribes their names on an official list in the imperial capital.
  • In Michael Flynn's Spiral Arm novel In the Lion's Mouth, Ravn promises Donovan that after they are done, she will personally escort him home, and arrange for a proper burial.
  • In Variable Star, Joel carefully considers how to bury the body of a colonist who died in an accident. The soil on the farming deck isn't deep enough for a proper burial, and he worries that the goats will dig it up and drag it around. He ends up burying it as deep as he can, and placing bent springs and broken glass around the body to keep the livestock away. Later, another character shows considerable disrespect to a dead body by punching it in the face. Granted, this was because the man was a suicide who had just condemned them all to a slow death in deep space.
  • In Seanan McGuire's Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots, Aaron jollies Velma into attending Diva's funeral out of respect for the dead.
  • In Dorothy Gilman's The Clairvoyant Countess, Madame Karitska lays flowers on Mazda Lorvale's grave.
  • In Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman's Fabiola, there are several instances of this. First there's Agnes's funeral after her martyrdom, in which her best friend Emerentiana is seen heavily grieving. Later, The Mole Torcuatus walks into the funeral of Cecilia, a blind Christian girl who was tortured to death after his Face–Heel Turn; he's so shocked and remorseful that he immediately returns to the side of good. And by the end, we see the former Christian hunter Fulvius returning to Rome after years Walking the Earth, and the first thing he does is to heavily cry and pay his respects to Agnes's grave, since he ratted her out after she refused his marriage proposal and that's what caused her death in the first place.
  • In John Hemry's A Just Determination, Herdez sharply tells Paul that they must investigate a sailor's death even though blame might fall on a friend of his; they owe it to the dead man. In Burden of Proof, Paul calls it to mind to encourage him to investigate another death.
  • In Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus,
    • Celia gets many condolence letters and flower because of Hector Bowen's death.
    • Tara Burgess's funeral has many mourners and many flowers.
  • In The Dresden Files this happens a few times:
    • Even years after her death, Harry continues to visit and tend to the grave of Kim Delaney as his refusal to listen to her and her refusal to tell him what she was caught up in lead to her getting in over her head. He feels partly responsible and will tend the grave.
    • In Turn Coat Warden Donald Morgan dies officially as a traitor to the White Council. No one can attend his funeral for the political implications. Those who knew him best and know he allowed himself to die with falsehoods smearing his name to protect the Council and people he cares for instead had a private wake where stories were told of him in a better light.
    • This is noted by Harry to be a consistent pattern of behaviour with the Winter Court, observing that Winter and Death are close cousins, and it's what tends to draw the most humanity out of them.
      • In Changes Lea promises Harry to give Susan a good and proper burial Harry believed she was worthy of and would even take Harry there when he was ready. As his narration remarks, even in Winter, the cold isn't always bitter, and not every day is cruel.
      • At the end of Cold Days, Harry grants permission to Queen Mab to bury the fallen Summer Lady Lily, and her killer, and possessed by an agent of Mab's enemy, Winter Lady Maeve on the island Demonreach. His only stipulation was she gets the island's permission as well.
      • In Battle Ground, Harry invokes/demands this of Mab for Murphy, after the latter is killed by a panicked Rudolph, having just taken out a Jotun with a rocket launcher. Mab, normally not one to take demands well, immediately acquiesces, stating that Murphy has fought by her side and shared her enemies and thus deserves it, and has her laid in state, with several Winter Sidhe warriors as pallbearers. This, mark you, in the middle of a literally apocalyptic battle. Later, she is also included in a coffin full of pictures of everyone who died defending Chicago, buried in Harry's grave, with a headstone saying 'They Defended Chicago'.
  • In The Vampire Chronicles, Creepy Twins Maharet and Mekare are introduced in flashback visions, ominously kneeling on either side of an old woman's cooked corpse, holding its heart and brain on trays and preparing to eat her. As the visions get clearer, it falls out that consuming the body was their duty as the woman's daughters, as in their culture this was the only respectful way to handle the dead, the idea being that "what was human should remain with humanity".
  • Zig-zagged for heartbreaking effect in Red Rising. Burying a Red is a crime punishable by death, and as such, the gallows are full of bodies in varying states of decay that no one dares to remove. This doesn't stop Darrow from stealing his wife's body and giving her a proper burial the night after her execution, but he is hung for defying Society law. Don't worry, he gets better.
  • In Prince Caspian, the Dwarf Nikabrik teams up with a Hag and a Werewolf to resurrect the White Witch. After all three of them are killed in the melee that follows, Peter orders that the latter two be thrown in a pit, but that Nikabrik's body be given to his own people for burial rites.
  • In the Codex Alera:
    • Princeps Septimus is laid to rest in a grand tomb created by his father near where he was killed in battle. As there was not much left for his remains, a marble statue lies on the coffin that contains what they could recover. Also laying there are his seven bodyguards who fell with him. His father, First Lord Gaius Sextus, creates it in one day with his own magical powers. It is filled with ever-burning fires, fresh water, fruit-filled trees, and the armor and weapons of the fallen.
    • In Academ's Fury those who were Taken by the Vord Queen in Calderon are laid to rest in a cave and the cave sealed.
    • The Marat are seen to be barbarians by the human Alerans because they violate this idea and would eat their enemies' remains, some would even eat the people while still alive, to take the dead enemy's strength.
    • For the Marat, the mutilation of the corpse of their clansman, especially scalping, is a major Berserk Button as it is seen as stealing the dead's strength.
    • The Canim people sing blood songs for those who have died. They also sing them to those who have taken the role of Hunter, the spies, assassins, and scouts of the Canim, as to the society they are now dead. This alleviates them from the bounds of honor and duty the living must follow. When two die in battle taking down a powerful enemy, their brother, a fellow Hunter, doesn't even morn them. The hero Tavi realizes there is nothing to morn, for they died doing their duty and their sacrifices will save thousands if not millions of lives.
    • The Aleran warriors who fight on the northern borders against the powerful and deadly Ice Men are not laid to rest in the cold, hard ground. They are burned in a pyre so their bodies won't suffer the cold the hordes from the north inflicted upon them.
  • Hunters in the Monster Hunter International universe are given a ceremony when having fallen in battle that concludes with cutting off their head, when their death was due to an undead creature that reanimates the dead. Cutting off the head is the one absolutely guaranteed method of preventing reanimation or revival of the fallen.
  • In The Jungle Book, after Mother Wolf and Father Wolf died of old age, Mowgli kept their bodies in their den and rolled a boulder over the entrance so that their death sleep would not be disturbed.
  • In The Sword-Edged Blonde, the protagonist wants to test a theory that the king's son wasn't actually killed as alleged, and therefore wants to crack open the tomb. Objections are raised on the grounds that it wouldn't be proper, but King Phil agrees to it — and insists on being present, since then he'll know it was done respectfully. Eddie was right; the bones, on inspection, aren't those of a human baby.
  • In The Chronicles of Amber Corwin discovers the murdered body of a former lover who had been killed for a gift he gave her. He stopped his urgent journey to give her a respectful burial. Her murderer he tossed into the trees for the birds.
  • In the first book of His Dark Materials, Lyra puts a gold coin bearing Tony Makarios' lost daemon's name into his mouth, treating him with the same respect that is traditionally given to Scholars at Jordan College. The body is then cremated by the gyptians.
    • In the third book, Iorek goes to the magically preserved body of Lee Scoresby to mourn his death by eating his heart.
  • In Memories of Ice the fallen Bridgeburners are entombed in the ruins of Moon's Spawn when it is send to die over the sea. It goes to show how much Anomander Rake and the other Tiste Andii came to respect them as comrades and friends.
  • In The Reader (2016), Sefia writes the name of Palo Kanta, the mercenary she killed in self-defense, on the windowsill of a bar he was meant to visit before she killed him, hoping that at least one part of him will survive.
  • In Orson Scott Card's short story, "Holy", a Terran trade diplomat finds himself tasked to complete the death rite of an alien chieftain he is traveling with, namely taking the contents of the man's bowels to the top of the highest mountain. While being pursued by hostile rival tribes. Without use of his technology.
  • The Undertaker: It is a point of personal honour for Barnaby Gold—who was an undertaker before becoming a Gunslinger—that he personally buries the bodies of every person he kills.
  • In The Lost Fleet the bodies of dead sailors are ejected into space on a course that will take them into the sun. The Alliance's religion is based around The Living Stars so this is symbolically returning them to the stars from whence they came.
    • Averted for the bodies of traitors which are ejected into Jump Space in order to deny them the return to the stars. Although as one person points out this is mostly symbolic, if the ancestors or living stars want to find someone's soul they can, the Jump Space ejection is more about making a point.
    • In one book they have to deal with a large number of alien corpses but since they don't know what their burial customs are they settle for sending them into the sun as well in order to show respect.
    • Another alien species recovered the body of a human test pilot from one of the early failed Jump Space tests. They preserved it for several centuries until they made contact with humanity and could return the body to Earth.
  • In Anthony Reynolds' Warhammer 40,000 Word Bearers novel Dark Apostle, Brigadier-General Havorn of the Elysian Drop Troops explains that his men honour their dead by placing funerary tokens on their eyes and cremating their bodies. Magos Darioq of the Adeptus Mechanicus considers this an illogical waste of resources, and requests permission to recycle the dead into a nutrient paste for Darioq's Skitarii warriors. Havorn, furious, tells him to go to hell.
  • The Dark Profit Saga: Shadowkin burn their dead after a battle, but leave behind the bodies of their enemies to be attended to however the enemy sees fit. This causes a bit of Culture Clash; while Shadowkin know that enemy Shadowkin will allow them to return peacefully to attend to their dead, the Lightlings don't know that, and thus see this practice as an act of cruel disrespect, leaving the dead to rot in the sun.
  • In one of the early Don Camillo-stories, the old schoolteacher Signora Christina dies, and asks with her dying breath to have her coffin draped in the flag of the old Italian monarchy. Several leading local political figures, both on the left and the republican right, protest this, until the Communist mayor Peppone declares that it's a good thing he is the mayor and not them, because he will make sure Signora Christina goes to her grave with her flag on the coffin, and personally kick the ass of anyone who tries to start anything over it. In the end, Peppone helps carry Signora Christina to her grave, flag and all, wearing the red scarf he wore as a Communist partisan. The narrator notes with pleasure that even in places where the living fight for any and no reason, the dead are still respected.
  • The Cinder Spires: In a death world where the only safety is to live in giant spires, the people who traverse between spires in airships for trade or military, are called aeronauts. When they die in combat, both friend and enemy alike, are wrapped in cloth, set on a floating raft a few hundred yards away from the main ship. The ship then fires a blast of energy from their cannon to vaporize the raft to nothing but dust.
  • In Bernice Thurman Hunter's Lamplighter, a 1987 novel about a boy growing up on a farm in 1880s Northern Ontario, Willie, the protagonist, gets very upset on realizing that Gertie the goose, whom he had considered a friend or a pet, has been roasted for Christmas dinner. He refuses to eat of her, causing an altercation with his father, which his mother ultimately helps smooth over. She subsequently gives Willie the goose's bones, which he later buries.
  • In Sharpe's Tiger Sharpe shoots the Tippoo Sultan in the head and then starts looting his dying body — but decides not to take the man's jewel-encrusted sword, instead placing it in his hand.
    "You can keep your sword, for you fought proper. Like a proper soldier." He stood up and then, awkwardly, because of his burden of jewels and because he was suddenly conscious of the dying king's gaze, he saluted the Tippoo. "Take your blade to paradise, and tell them you were killed by another proper soldier."
  • The Murderbot Diaries: Subverted in Network Effect, to the main characters' shock. An N.G.O. Superpower commander declines their offer to return the body of a subordinate who had been killed, telling them to dispose of it as they like. Their already low opinion of the Corporate Rim falls even further.
  • Semiosis:
    • As part of their symbiotic relationship with Stevland, a vast sessile Plant Alien, the human colonists on Pax bury their dead to fertilize him. For his part, Stevland grows flowers over the grave of a human with whom he grows especially close.
    • Marie's expedition insists on burying Roland's body and holding a funeral, even though the newly contacted Glassmaker aliens were prepared to eat it. This turns out to be a Secret Test of Character by the Glassmakers, which the humans passed.
  • Treasure Island: According to some of the pirate comments, not even Captain Flint would rifle the pockets of a corpse. This makes the way Allardyce's skeleton is used as a map point even more disturbing to them.
  • The conflict of the last book of The Thebaid centers around the women of Argos trying to bury their husbands despite King Creon making that a capital crime. Just like in Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus rebels against Creon in order to bury her brother, but unlike in that play, Theseus and the army of Athens arrive to set Creon straight.
  • Villains by Necessity: Arcie, Sam and Kaylana all say prayers after Arcie's protege Kimi is killed while giving her a brief funeral before burying her, while Blackmail gently touches her body in a farewell. Even Valerie, who's been usually callous toward anyone else, says Kimi had guts and it was a pity she died.
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts: After Giselle's death, bystanders gather around and cover her with jackets. They carry her away on a stretcher to the Shuttle Bay, where Aster takes her to Earth and gives her a proper burial.
  • 1632: In The Galileo Affair Father Mazzare and Lieutenant Taggart find a body. Father Mazzare speaks a benediction over the body and Taggart joins in. Mazzare notes this with some pleasure, since Taggart is a Scots Presbyterian and more likely than not to denounce the Church of Rome as the Whore of Babylon, but also a fundamentally decent man who will not deny the dead what whoever speaks up considers the right words.
  • The Bone Maker: People of Vos burn their dead on funeral pyres to mourn them and to render their bones magically inert. Bone magic is a common industry in Vos, but the use of human bone is utterly taboo.
  • The Daily Grind:
    • The liberated cameracondas keep enteral vigil over the body of the woman who saved them, perfectly preserving her corpse in their paralyzing glare.
    • The orbs of fallen Order members are preserved in a memorial in one of the basements.
  • Kit from What to Say Next wears one of her late father's work shirts to school about twice per week as a tribute to him.
  • Island's End:
    • After Lah-ame dies, the tribe members decorate his body with stripes of clay, tie him to his sleeping mat with bark ropes, and set him in the middle of the village for everyone to say goodbye to him. His body is left on a platform overnight so his spirit can say goodbye to it, and then buried. Afterwards, the tribe members throw a feast to celebrate his life.
    • After the tsunami kills the three visitors, the islanders scrape together as much of the remains as possible to give them a proper burial.
  • The White Bone: When an elephant dies, her family stands around her and sings mourning songs, sometimes for hundreds of verses.
  • Under Heaven: Shen Tai picked his task of burying soldiers left on a distant battlefield as his form of respect for his father, who had died (before the start of the book). Later on, when the First Minister is killed, certain soldiers are relieved that he'll be buried, but without full honors. The burial (versus random unmarked grave, or even scattered ashes) is considered important, to avoid a vengeful ghost.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On at least two occasions in Angel a dead character has to be dismembered by a loved one (Holtz by Connor, and Lilah by Wesley) due to the (incorrect) belief that they were killed by vampires.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead:
    • In "Bait", after killing Kelly's Deadite-possessed parents, Ash takes the time to give them both a proper burial. Unfortunately, he makes them cross-shaped grave markers, and they're Jewish.
    • In "The Host", after Pablo's uncle is killed by Eligos, Ash and the gang make him a funeral pyre.
  • Babylon 5
    • One episode shows the bodies of those killed in an attack being fired into the system's sun while Commander Ivanova read off the names of the dead. Once the list is finished, she recites, "From the stars we came, to the stars we return. We hereby commit these souls to the deep." Starfuries escort the bodies for a time before one flies off to make a Missing Man formation.
    • Later, Vorlon ambassador Kosh is killed by the Shadows, and his living ship does something similar: after receiving its late master's effects, and unable to continue without him, it commits the remains and itself into the system's sun.
  • The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica showed several funerals now and then. Since they are a Fleet, they did burial at space, complete with flags and medals if the dead were soldiers/crewmembers. Regular burials were also shown over the course of the series though.
    • Cylons also have funerals for one of their own that died permanently. It becomes distressingly common after the destruction of the resurrection hub. The fact that the "infinity" symbol is used in Cylon funerals sparked some Epileptic Trees after it was shown in Caprica that a monotheist group closely connected to the creation of Cylons also used the same symbol.
    • One of the moments near the final episodes was a large funeral attended by the three main groups of the Fleet (the polytheists, the human monotheists and the Cylon monotheists) which showed (and contrasted) each groups practice.
  • Bones: Dr. Brennan sees it as her moral obligation to give the murder victims she analyzes a face and name, and to assist in the detainment of their murderers. She notably gets very distressed when she can't ID a victim, or if she doesn't determine the perpetrator as quickly as she thinks she should. This is also why serial killers are her Berserk Button: they either construe their actions as acceptable or simply take joy in killing others.
  • CSI: NY has quite a number of examples:
    • "Officer Blue": Stella and Mac are seen wearing their dress uniforms, having just returned from the memorial service for a mounted officer who was shot in Central Park.
    • "Heroes": Mac tells Stella that a former co-worker's father will let them know when the arrangements for her service are finalized.
    • "Yarhzeit": The broach owner's aunt leads Mac through the titular service in honor of her niece and his father. Also downplayed by Adam quietly filling in for Sheldon who goes out of town for his uncle's funeral.
    • "Pay Up": The team hold their own private wake of sorts for Angell.
    • "Indelible": Mac participates in and the other team members attend the dedication of the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance for first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.
    • "Clean Sweep": Mac sees that a deceased homeless Marine (who had been wounded twice in combat) is laid to rest with full military honors.
    • "Flash Pop": The lab workers, who are usually just background characters, hold a vigil at work for one of their own who was murdered. Adam and Jo are particularly moved by this.
    • "Reignited": Christine accompanies Mac to the funeral of a firefighter friend of his.
    • "Civilized Lies": Danny and Lindsay visit the family of an off-duty police officer who was shot and killed. They give the man's son, who is going through the Police Academy, his father's badge which the young man proudly shows to his mother and sister.
  • In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the Gelfling and even the Skeksis are shown properly honoring the dead.
    • For the Gelfling, the right thing to do is bury the dead so they may be returned to Thra. The main band of heroes hold an impromptu sermon during their travels for the All-Maudra and Ordon, ending in a mournful song.
    • While the Skeksis would rather pretend they could never die, the one instance when they were faced with the death of one of their own was taken deeply seriously. The Emperor decreed that skekMal the Hunter would not be buried or burned. Instead, they would decorate him in their finest armor and display him in the throneroom so he would "rule at [their] side forever".
  • Degrassi had J.T. go to Rick's funeral. But only after Manny reminded him that he could never be the bigger man.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Elementary: Third season episode "End of Watch" depicts the murder of a Highway Patrolman in New York City. Like current police in the city, they enact the "End of Watch Call". This is where a dispatcher makes one final call to the fallen officer before announcing he is no longer on duty.
  • In Eureka, the crew of the Astraeus is trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine to exploit their genius. When Holly Martin figures out what's happened to them, Senator Winn murders her to prevent her from telling the others. Then she orders her goons to dispose of her remains respectfully and discreetly. No one knows where she's buried, but at least the bad guy made an effort.
  • In the Firefly episode "Bushwhacked", the crew encounter a ship that has had its crew and passengers slaughtered by Reavers. Shepherd Book prevails upon Mal to let him perform a funeral for them. Mal agrees, but privately reveals that the main reason he did so was to keep the others busy and not worry them with the fact that a Reaver booby trap had snagged them and needed disarming before they went anywhere.
    Book: How we treat our dead is part of what makes us different from those that did the slaughtering.
  • Higher Ground: After Riley gets trapped in a cave, she finds there's an ancient corpse inside, which it turns out is of a young Indigenous woman. They find out that her body will have to be examined multiple times so it can be determined whether she'd died five hundred years or more ago. If not, it goes to the local tribe for burial, but that could take a long time. Otherwise, she'd go to a museum. Sully and an Indigenous cop (who told him all this) don't like that, deciding instead to give her a burial in the woods.
  • In Highlander, Duncan casts Darius's ashes into the Seine river, saying it will symbolically allow Darius to complete his unfinished journey to the sea.
  • Horatio Hornblower: Sailors are usually given a Burial at Sea and most surviving ordinary seamen as well as officers are shown to care about giving them "a decent send off", as bosun Matthews puts it. Captain Sawyer orders to have one poor young seaman thrown over the side without a funeral. Hornblower is reluctant and gets "this" close to disobeying Captain's direct order, but Matthews pleads with him that they can "read over" the dead kid later.
  • In iZombie Liv feels obligated to solve the murders of people whose brains she eats in the morgue.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Heavy is the Head", Lance Hunter agrees to sell out Coulson to Glenn Talbot in exchange for his dead friend Isabelle Hartley being buried with full military honours, since as a SHIELD agent, she's most likely to be otherwise branded a traitor. He ultimately doesn't go through with betraying Coulson, but luckily Coulson still has friends, and Hartley gets her proper funeral.
    • The Daredevil (2015) episode "Penny and Dime" opens with a wake for the victims of Frank Castle's massacre of the Kitchen Irish, attended by their fellow associates. Finn Cooley shows up, and kills one underling for telling him that his son's death was part of the business. After the opening credits, we see Matt, Karen and Foggy attend a much smaller memorial service for Grotto, who the three had tried and failed to protect from the Punisher after he escaped the massacre.
  • Lost: In the fourth episode, Jack orders the dead be burned after wild boars start feeding on them. While Sayid objects on the grounds they do not know the religion or culture of the dead, Jack points out there is no other way to dispose of the bodies. The dead are cremated the next night as Claire reads their names aloud.
  • The L Word: Her friends are all very upset when at Dana's funeral they're not only ignored with her sexual orientation erased by the minister while giving his eulogy, but her ashes aren't scattered how she'd liked, so Alice grabs them after storming out previously, and they scatter them later at the site she wanted.
  • Merlin
    • Uther's body is dressed in formal royal robes and laid out on a stone next to the tomb of his queen. Arthur holds vigil by his father's body overnight.
    • Despite Lancelot's apparent evil actions, Arthur insists on him receiving a proper burial, as in all other ways but one he was a good knight. Merlin gives him a good one, although he is the only mourner.
    • Elyan gets an elaborate funeral in Series 4
  • In Murdoch Mysteries, devout Roman Catholic Murdoch always crosses himself when he first comes upon a corpse, whether it's at a reported crime scene, or when someone dies in his presence (such as "Back and to the Left", "Stroll on the Wild Side" and "Tour de Murdoch"). Additionally, he does this at funerals such as the cop's memorial-cum-wake at the bar in "The Great Wall" and the graveside service for the long-dead Canadian government official in "Confderate Treasure". The gesture outs him as a minority Catholic in a Protestant-controlled city, so it is more of a big deal than it seems on the surface. On occasion, other characters do this: the hotel manager in "Return of Sherlock Holmes" performs it when a guest is found dead, and Crabtree tries to imitate his boss at that graveside in "Confederate Treasure".
  • Dr. Mallard from NCIS shows a great deal of respect to those he autopsies, and this includes talking to them as a means to preserving their humanity. He also gets pissed at those who don't show proper respect.
  • Nirvana in Fire: It's set in ancient China, so whether or not the dead have received their due honor is a big deal in the story.
    • The Grand Empress' funeral rites are a gigantic days-long affair and the mourning period lasts for a year. When the emperor catches the Crown Prince violating the mourning laws to have a drunken dance party in his private palace, it's the last nail in the coffin of his position.
    • The emperor has Consort Jing set up a secret shrine to the dead Consort Chen, who committed suicide after her son Prince Qi's execution, in order to appease her restless spirit and stop his bad dreams.
    • When Lin Shu is finally able to perform the proper funeral rites for his dead father it's a very emotional moment.
  • Orange Is the New Black:
    • In Season 1, Trica is honored with a wake in the White dorm, and the other dorms provide food. Gloria and the Hispanics drop by with food. Poussey contributes her hooch on behalf of the Blacks, and Chang drops by with contraband oranges. Boo makes sure to pour one out for Trica.
    • After the library books are burned due to the bedbugs, Taystee and Poussey hold a (completly sincere) funeral for the books, whose ashes are dumped by a tree in "the ultimate book return"
    • The blatant disrespect of Poussey's body, being left on the ground for hours, contributes to the inmates's rage.
    • Utterly averted with CO Humpphrey, whose corpse is tossed in a closet and ignored. Leanne outright denies his humanity when she finds him (and then gets high in the same closet).
      Leanne: Don't be stupid, he's a guard, not a person.
    • Following her suicide near the end of Season 7, Pennsatucky is honored with a wake in Florida. The inmates raise a toast of her signature Yellow Drink while wearing hoodies hood-on, the sytle she favored. Suzzane then sings the Mountain Dew jingle. CO Dixon steps in when she can't bring herself to finish it, resulting in the entire block joining in.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "The Grell", an alien race stranded on Earth are treated as slaves, with plenty of Fantastic Racism to go around. One such example is that soldiers will often leave the bodes tied to the ground face-up, spitting in the face of traditional face-down burial which allows their souls to move on properly.
    • "Promised Land": In spite of him trying to steal from their farm, Krenn and Dlavan provide David with their people's funeral rites. This includes beheading his corpse though, which only reinforces Rebecca's (who's watching) belief that their kind are monsters.
  • The Outpost: After Nedra dies, Zedd and Wren give her a Blackblood funeral, scattering her ashes as the latter sings a beautiful dirge.
  • The Professionals. In "Heroes", Psycho Sidekick Tommy gives his life to save Bodie and Doyle when they're pinned down by hitmen armed with automatic weapons. As Tommy is about to be loaded on a hearse with the (now dead) hitmen, Bodie snaps, "No, don't put him in with them!"
  • Resident Alien: Asta cuts off part of her hair to honor Sam's death at Dan's urging, going by their people's traditions, which she stores in a box.
  • Rome:
    • The show has several accurate representations of ancient Roman funeral customs. Niobe is cremated and her ashes buried. Caesar is, of course, burned on a huge pyre in the Forum. Eirene asks not to be burned, but buried with hers and Pullo's child, which he does. Pullo later strangles Gaia after she confesses to killing Eirene, and Pullo unceremoniously dumps her body in the river, thus condemning her spirit to unrest.
    • After the conquered leader of the Gauls is finally executed during Caesar's Triumph, his body is unceremoniously dumped, but we see some Gauls living in Rome retrieve it, dress it and burn it on a pyre hidden in the woods somewhere.
  • seaQuest DSV had the crew holding a brief memorial for the staff of an underwater facility who had died several years previously.
  • Smallville features multiple funerals throughout its 10 year run.
    • Clark usually will make a point of honoring the tradition of slowly dropping a handful of soil on the recently lowered casket. He does this during the highly attended funeral of his adopted father Jonathan Kent, and later trespasses into the private funeral of Lionel Luther to honor him the same way.
    • The entire Justice League hold an elaborate funeral in an ancient Egyptian pyramid for their fallen teammate Carter Hall.
  • The show Space: Above and Beyond being a future Earth military environment does a modern naval burial in space complete with the space carrier's laser turrets being used in lieu of a firing party.
  • The Star Trek franchise shows many different funerary customs for the various races.
    • Ferengi dice up and sell the bodies of their dead as a souvenir. From the perspective of a society motivated primarily by the acquisition of profit and the belief that absolutely everything worth having has monetary value, not selling off the deceased's body would be an admission that the person literally had no worth.
    • Klingons will hold open the eyes of a dying warrior and howl at the moment of death as a warning to the afterlife that a Klingon warrior is about to arrive. After keeping watch over the body for a night (to protect it from predators), once the spirit has had time to make the trip to Sto-vo-kor, they then just dump the body, believing it to be an empty shell, but will celebrate the honorable dead with feasting, drinking and singing. The episode "The Sound of Her Voice" explicitly likened the celebrations to an Irish Wake.
      • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine touched on Klingon death customs a couple times. First, a Klingon can engage in an act of glory to "pay the way" for one who would not otherwise be worthy of Sto-vo-kor (Worf did this for his late wife Jadzianote ; she normally wouldn't be worthy because she was a Trill who was not killed in honorable battle, but blindsided by Dukat). A later episode featured Kor, an old Klingon warrior who wanted to find a way to avoid dying in dotage; he manages to do so by taking Worf's place in a suicide mission. His sacrifice clears the way for a convoy of Klingons to escape. So Martok (who hated Kor in life) begrudgingly gives him due: opening a bottle of bloodwine and issuing a toast to "a noble warrior to the end".
      • On the other hand, Star Trek: Discovery introduces a Klingon house that gives their dead a proper funeral, which ends with the coffin being placed on the hull of their flagship.
    • The Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror" orders the dead Centurion's body dumped into space along with a bunch of debris to make it seem that his ship has been destroyed — but he is clearly distressed about it, and asks his late friend to forgive him.
    • In "The Next Phase" Ensign Ro, who is presumed dead after a transporter malfunction (but is just rendered invisible and intangible), worries that Picard will hold a Bajoran funeral, which includes a funeral chant that goes on for two hours.
      Ro: Please, not the Death Chant.
      • In the same episode, Data takes on the task of arranging a memorial for Ro and Geordi La Forge (who is in the same situation as Ro for the same reason), and ends up with something resembling a party more than a traditional funeral. Apparently aware of his deviation from tradition, he briefly asks Dr. Crusher if he's made a mistake, but she tells him it's just fine. (For their part, Ro is a little taken aback, but Geordi thinks it's great.)
    • The DS9 episode "Ties of Blood and Water" doesn't touch much on traditional Bajoran funeral practices, but still demonstrates the essence of the trope. When Kira's father dies, she immediately begins to dig his grave. The episode ends with the death of a Parental Substitute of hers (a Cardassian ironically enough), and reveals that she has buried him next to her father, under the same tree.
    • In "Unnatural Selection", the crew of the Lantree are infected with a rapid aging disease that kills everyone aboard. To keep the disease from spreading, a quarantine transmitter was initiated to play a recorded message for anyone else finding the ship to stay out. When it was concluded that retrieving the bodies for burial would only cause the disease to spread further, the Lantree was destroyed by a photon torpedo fired by the Enterprise, but not without Picard requesting everyone to stand in quiet respect for the deceased.
    • Star Trek: Voyager
      • One species reproduce by reanimating the dead as members of their own race. Harry Kim becomes angry when he discovers they did this to the body of his love interest; her alien "father" is equally angry that they would have just "abandoned" her into space.
      • In "Emanations", the crew discover a cobweb-filled cave filled with bodies, and Chakotay insists they avoid disturbing the bodies even with scans as it may violate the beliefs of whatever alien race left them — he cites how how he once removed a rock as a souvenir on an away mission, only to find it was a sacred stone placed in commemoration of the deceased. Turns out he disturbed the bodies anyway, as the cobwebs were created by their decomposition. Then Harry Kim finds himself on the planet where the bodies came from, and they complain about him not running any scans, as it could have told them what happens after death (they'd assumed that on dying their bodies entered The Lifestream instead).
      • The episode "Juggernaut" briefly shows death rites for the Malon. When one Malon dies, the other one present touches the dead one's eyes, then his own. No other details or explanations are given.
      • "Nemesis": The Vori turn their dead face down, believing that is required to enter "the gloried Wayafter".
        "We beg peace from the Power that made us Vori, and we commend our brother Naymon to the gloried Wayafter."
    • In the TNG episode "Darmok", after Picard informs the Tamarian crew that their captain, Dathon, has died, they raise their daggers and place their hand on their heads as a sign of benediction. Picard performs this act himself in private in the last scene of the episode.
  • In Supergirl (2015), after the death of General Astra, her men invite Kara to lead the rites at her funeral. Both sides observe the truce and leave without incident, but then Non warns Kara that the next coffin will be hers.
  • In Supernatural, a dead hunter is burned on a pyre while surrounded by family or friends so the hunter does not come back wrong. Not that it stops things; multiple characters have stuck around in ghost form, anchored to some Unfinished Business.
    • The Viking Funeral isn't done for Dean when he dies at the end of Season 3, because Sam reasons that he'll need a body when he finds a way to retrieve Dean from Hell. Instead, he's buried in a pine box with a wooden cross marking his grave, allowing him to come back when Castiel pulls him out of Hell at the start of season 4. Rufus is also buried instead of burned, having insisted on being buried in a Jewish cemetery.
  • Super Sentai: In the Jetman tribute episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, the Gokaiger visit Gai Yuuki's grave (to confirm that he's really gone) and find presents left behind by his teammates, including flowers, his favorite liquor, and an Ako-chan ramen cup.
  • In Teen Wolf, Derek buried his remaining family members (Laura in the Pilot and Peter in the season one finale) under the Hale family house with wolfsbane planted on top, so they can remain in wolf form even after death.
  • The Walking Dead. The main characters make a point to honor their fallen friends, and treat the dead with respect. Glenn in particular is a firm believer of this. If anyone they know becomes a Walker, putting them down is often treated as a moral obligation.
    • In "Guts" several people chop up a Walker and spread its guts and blood on Rick and Glenn, in order to prevent other Walkers from detecting them. Rick makes a point to read the Walker's name from his driver license, muse on the type of man he might have been, and reminds everyone he was a person like them.
    • "Wildfire": Following the attack on the Atlanta Camp, the Walkers that attacked them are thrown in a pile and burned. Their dead however are buried.
    • "Nebraska": Sophia is given a proper burial along with Annette and Shaun Greene, but the rest of the bodies are burned.
      Andrea: We bury the ones we love, and burn the rest.
    • "Say the Word" features a funeral (complete with graves and crosses) for Lori, T-Dog, and Carol, the last of whom is actually still alive.
    • "What Happened and What's Going On" has a funeral for Tyresse, with Father Gabriel performing a funeral ceremony, Rick personally digging a grave, and Tyresse's beanie left on the cross as a marker.
  • The episode "In Excelsis Deo" of The West Wing closes on the military funeral of a Marine veteran of the Korean War. Despite an honor guard and a three-volley salute, it's a Lonely Funeral and terribly poignant. The man was homeless and died of exposure on a cold night. His only living relative was his brother, also homeless. The ceremony only happened because a White House staffer, who had no connection to the deceased other than he used to own the coat he died in, spent the episode pulling strings.
    President's Secretary, Mrs. Landingham: Did you use [the President's] name to arrange a military funeral for a homeless veteran?
    Toby: Yes.
    Landingham: You shouldn't have done that, Toby.
    Toby: I know.
    Landingham: You absolutely should not have done that.
    Toby: I know.
    Landingham: I'd like to come along.
  • The Wheel of Time: After surviving the attack from the King Of Ghaeldan and his fellow Dragon Sworn, the Aes Sedai camp buried all of the fallen, including the King, at the same place.
  • The Wilds: After they believe Nora's dead, the other girls all hold a funeral, with Toni performing an Ojibwe ritual for the dead to let her soul pass.

  • This is what Belly song "Feed the Tree" is about, namely, paying respects to a grave where a tree is growing.
    "Take your hat off, when you're talking to me/And be there when I feed the tree"
  • The strangely upbeat song Revel, or Stand to your glasses steady:
    So stand to your glasses steady
    this world is a world full of lies
    Quaff a cup for the dead already
    and hooray for the next man who dies!
  • The country classic Big Bad John honors his Heroic Sacrifice thusly:
    Now they never re-opened that worthless pit,
    They just placed a marble stand in front of it.
    These few words are written on that stand,
    'At the bottom of this mine, lies a big, big man,
    Big John'.
    Big Bad John, Jimmy Dean and Roy Acuff

    Myths & Religion 
  • In Greek myth, Admetus is holding a funeral for his wife when Hercules visits. Sacred Hospitality requires Admetus to put Hercules up in his house, whereupon Hercules makes a royal ass of himself. Eventually someone explains to Hercules that Admetus is in mourning, and Hercules is incredibly embarrassed with himself for his behavior. So he hunts down Death, kicks the crap out of him, and brings Admetus's wife back to him as repayment for how he acted in a house of mourning.
  • In Norse legends, Skald or Scef drifted ashore as a child and became king. When he died many years later, his people sent back to sea on a ship laden with treasure — described as not less than he had been sent with.
  • According to the The Bible, one of the few things Jesus' followers could do for him was give him an expensive, peaceful tomb. (Not that he was in it for long.) In a preceding scene, Pontius Pilate- coerced into abandoning the innocent man to a mob- insists that Jesus' cross be marked with "the King of the Jews" instead of "this man claimed to be King of the Jews".

  • One surviving work of the Roman poet Catullus records his journey from Rome to Anatolia to make sacrifices at his brother's grave. The description of how he feels at the tomb are heart-wrenching.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The three most common ways of showing dues to the dead are the moment of silence (such as the one All Pro Wrestling had in 2011 for Gulf Coast's Bob Liddil), the "final ten count" (ten rings of the bell adopted from boxing, used for example to open Welcome To The Combat Zone in 2016) and the minute of applause (such as for Flor De Loto in LLF).
  • The most famous in pro wrestling was when officials from Japan, North and South Korea gathered together with Antonio Inoki to pay their respects at the grave of Rikidozan. This transitioned into a joint New Japan WCW show that drew the largest crowd on record.
  • Video tribute packages for the recently deceased are also fairly common, the World Wrestling League doing so for both important figures in their history like Perro Aguayo Jr. and even those who never worked for them like Hayabusa and Chyna.
  • After Jon Huber, known in All Elite Wrestling as Mr. Brodie Lee, died in December 2020, AEW ran an acclaimed memorial show, and kept him on the active roster listing it keeps on its website. He's still listed there to this day, with his win/loss record frozen at his 2020 mark of 11–3, and it's highly likely he'll stay there as long as AEW exists.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Space Marines go to great lengths to recover their dead brothers, and the individual chapters have additional and often elaborate practices to remember their dead. However, the body itself is not really important, the important things are the progenoid glands, that generate and store the geneseed necessary to create new Space Marines, and the expensive and in some cases outright irreplaceable weapons and armor. The exception in regards to the body is if the Space Marine died a particularly heroic death; with some surgery and ancient machinery, they can be interred into a Dreadnought sarcophagus so they may continue to fight and lend wisdom to the Chapter long after death.
    • The Craftworld Eldar often risk their own lives to recover the soulstones of the fallen. Good thing, too, as if a soulstone is damaged, the soul is claimed by the evil Chaos God Slaanesh, which is a Fate Worse than Death. The Eldar even have a career path dedicated to expressing the other Eldar's collective grief at the Craftworld's losses.
    • The heroic variant was once used to display Abaddon the Despoiler's respect for a Worthy Opponent. The Black Legion and the Blood Angels fought on a planet called Mackan, with the Blood Angels suffering catastrophic losses. One of the few survivors, Reclusiarch Jorus, survived in the wilderness with his Death Company, before launching a surprise attack on Abaddon's camp where he slaughtered Abaddon's honor guard and got into combat with the Despoiler himself. When the Black Legion left Mackan, they desecrated the bodies of hundreds of Blood Angels, with one exception: the bodies of Reclusiarch Jorus and the Death Company were unharmed, seated upon thrones made from the armor of the Black Legion troops they had slain that night.
  • Not a burial place, but the "San Angelo" setting for 4th edition Champions has the Liberty Square plaza. Memorials to several fallen heroes, including the WWII-era team the Liberty Corps, are placed here. Most supers in San Angelo, regardless of where they fall on the hero-villain scale, refuse to fight here out of respect to the dead.
  • Exalted presents a strong incentive to give proper Due to the Dead, since failure to provide proper rites will usually anger the corpse's Hungry Ghost (one of the person's souls that remains behind to protect the body) and send it on a rampage. In certain areas, it's also possible to encounter a person's other ghost, who will also likely be pissed off if they didn't receive a proper funeral. Consequently, lavish funeral ceremonies are very widespread and it's common practice to give them even to defeated enemies, for pragmatism if nothing else — giving your slain foes a sumptuous funeral helps ensure that their ghosts won't come back for another round.
    • The reason non-hungry ghosts value funerals being that even the most basic rites allow one to "live" like a king in the Underworld (paper and wooden effigies carry over as luxurious and possibly magical treasures, food items become never ending, sacrificed animals will be loyal and virtually indestructible sources of food, fur and labour and so on).
    • The grand funerals given by the Dragon-Blooded to appease the ghosts of the Solars after the Usurpation actually saved the Underworld, if not all of Creation. All of the death and destruction associated with the Usurpation caused the Neverborn to rise from beneath the Underworld with their spectre armies, but since the Solars had their panoplies from life as grave goods, they were able to drive the invasion back.
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse contains card art of the funeral of Baron Blade, a long-time villain who teamed up with the heroes to defeat the universe-destroying OblivAeon. Legacy, the universe's preeminent hero, is delivering a eulogy.
  • Changeling: The Lost: Enforced by the Bargain of Winter. While the Ashen Court reigns, any of the Gentry or their servants who kill a changeling must mourn their victim's death in some fashion before they can resume fighting. It's mentioned that the rare full battle fought under Winter is a truly surreal sight, especially as most Keepers have no concept of grief or mourning and have to guess at appropriate acts of sorrow.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Priests of the God of the Dead Morr are obligated to conduct funeral rites for the dead, most commonly a blessing and burial, to ensure they reach the peace of the afterlife rather than linger as a ghost or be waylaid by the Ruinous Powers. If the priest is powerful enough to wield Morr's magic, the blessing also prevents the body from ever becoming undead.

  • Sophocles:
    • In Antigone: before the beginning of the play's action, Eteocles and Polyneices, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes' civil war, died fighting each other for the throne. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices disgraced. The rebel brother's body will not be sanctified by holy rites, and will lie unburied on the battlefield, prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures, the harshest punishment at the time. Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices. In the opening of the play, Antigone brings Ismene outside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting: Antigone wants to bury Polyneices' body, in defiance of Creon's edict. Ismene refuses to help her, fearing the death penalty, but she is unable to dissuade Antigone from going to bury her brother herself. Tragedy ensues.
    • Despite being the man Ajax hates most and whom he attempted to torture and kill, Odysseus is determined to convince Agamemnon and Menelaus to allow him burial rites and not carry on their grudge in Ajax. Since the whole incident was proof of what happens when you make the gods angry, it's a rather wise decision on his part.
    • In Electra, obligations to the dead are omnipresent. Electra refuses to stop mourning her father until he is avenged. Clytemnestra sends grave offerings with Chrysothemis in hopes to appease Agamemnon's spirit. Electra stops her because a false offering would be an even worse slight to her father. Chrysothemis takes locks of their hair instead, only to find Orestes had already done the same, despite the news of his death. Electra immediately begins ritual mourning once she hears her beloved brother has died in a chariot race. Clytemnestra and Aegisthus are not shown to get any "due" after Orestes murders them.
  • Euripides' Suppliants is about the other five deceased Seven Against Thebes getting decent burial. This was also apparently the subject of Aeschylus' The Eleusinians and The Men of Argos, and a surviving fragment of The Eleusinians translates as follows:
"The matter pressed, rotting already was the corpse."
  • William Shakespeare:
    • In Romeo and Juliet, Paris goes to visit Juliet's grave. When Romeo comes calling for Juliet, Paris believes that he is coming to do the evil version of this and challenges him to a duel. After losing the duel, Paris's final request is that Romeo lay him alongside Juliet, a request that Romeo honors.
    • In Much Ado About Nothing, Claudio goes to mourn at Hero's apparent grave.
    • In Hamlet, the priest is annoyed that Ophelia is getting full funeral rites when she might have been a suicide. In the final scene, Fortinbras orders Hamlet be given a soldier's burial as a mark of honor, and possibly also to hold Hamlet out as having died in battle.
    • In Twelfth Night, Olivia is in deep mourning for her brother. The Duke is trying to convince her that a more suitable form would be to perpetuate his family line by marrying and having children. The Jester even calls her a fool for mourning her brother's soul being in Heaven, much to Olivia's shock.
    • Oswald in King Lear, after being mortally wounded by Edgar:
      Slave, thou hast slain me: villain, take my purse:
      If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;
    • Julius Caesar, after Brutus dies, his enemies, Antony and Octavian agree on giving him a respectful burial.
      Octavius: According to his virtue let us use him
      With all respect and rites of burial.
      Within my tent his bones to-night shall lie,
      Most like a soldier, order'd honorably.
    • The ending of Antony and Cleopatra has Caesar order respectful treatment of the eponymous characters' corpses after their mutual suicide.
      • The historical Caesar Augustus wasn't always so considerate. In the aftermath of one battle, a prisoner who was being led off to execution asked for a decent burial. Augustus suggested that he take it up with the crows, since his corpse was going to be abandoned to them.
  • Following the death of Roy Cohn in Angels In America, Belize calls upon Louis to recite the Jewish prayer for the dead at his bedside, in spite of the fact that both men find the deceased personally and politically despicable.
  • Euripides's Alcestis: When Admetus's wife Alcestis dies, and his friend Hercules appears at his home, Admetus tries to hide that he is in mourning for his wife because they considered hospitality sacred. When Hercules learns of the death, he is really, really, really shocked to find that his host had hidden this from him and so his behavior has been really bad; he goes to wrestle with Death to reclaim her.

    Video Games 
  • Used as Character Development in Assassin's Creed II. When Ezio kills his first target after he completes his preliminary Assassin training (his first kill was before that training), he continues to abuse the body over and over, shouting that it's not enough that he died (not least because he died unwilling to apologize or even explain his crimes). His uncle and mentor calmly explains that death pays all debts and absolves all sins, even for those whose only purpose in life was evil. From then on, Ezio usually kills his target with a single strike of the Hidden Blade to their throat, followed by a parting line before gently saying, "Requiescat in pace" ("rest in peace"). At the end of the game, he doesn't kill Rodrigo Borgia (Alexander VI), knowing that doing so won't bring back the family he lost. Ezio's happy to leave him with the knowledge that he wasn't the Prophet and that his entire life's work was for naught.
    • In Brotherhood after Rodrigo is killed by his son Cesare, Ezio performs the rite once more with no malice, and for all of the Templar Agents (the single-player counterparts of the multiplayer characters). Only Juan Borgia and Octavian, Baron de Valois survive long enough to actually talk back to him though.
    • In Revelations (and the others, too), passersby will scold the player for looting dead bodies.
    • Connor continues the tradition for his targets in Assassin's Creed III (except for Charles Lee), though he uses the Mohawk language instead of Latin and leaves off anything resembling "Requiescat in pace," though the intent is mostly the same. His father and grandfather are not so respectful.
    • Played straight then inverted in II with the tombs of the previous Assassins. The brotherhood has created gorgeous resting places for some of their most famed members in the landmark cathedrals of Italy. Ezio goes through the trials to open these tombs and then shoves open the Assassin's sarcophagus to get at key stone inside and just leaves them that way, exposed to the elements and the enemy. As we later learn in Assassin's Creed Origins, however, the tombs are decoys so that their true bodies can rest. Ezio may not have closed it because there was nothing to close.
  • Corruption of Laetitia: When interacting with a human corpse, Celeste has the option to give them a requiem and bring their soul peace, which lowers her corruption while hurting her due to her demonic nature. If she becomes a half-angel again, she'll do this automatically, but the damage is replaced by a healing effect.
  • Hero King Quest: Peacemaker Prologue: The human nations consider the Dark Realm barbaric for eating the hearts of the dead and feeding their corpses to wildlife. Spiderweb states that she finds this practice no different from the human custom of burying corpses, since those corpses will be decomposed and eaten by underground wildlife anyways. The Dark Ones also consider it respectful to eat another's heart, since it's their way of having the deceased live through the eater.
  • Mass Effect:
    • One of the first sidequests you can get in Mass Effect involves the body of a soldier who died on Eden Prime. The soldier's husband wants her body to be released for a proper burial, while the Alliance military wants to hold onto it for study so they can find ways to counteract geth weapons and save more soldiers. The Paragon choice involves siding with the husband.
    • Commander Shepard gets some sort of memorial (depending on his/her background) after his/her temporary death, which you get to hear news reports about. You also get to explore the crash site of the original Normandy and place a memorial there, as well as gathering all the dog tags of the fallen crew.
    • Also, in Mass Effect 3, a memorial wall is placed in front of the elevator on the crew deck, so that you can't avoid looking at it when you step out of the elevator. It lists the names of each lost crewmember from the Normandy, and as the game goes on, the list gets longer.
    • In Mass Effect: Andromeda, after the climax, Nakmor Drack tries making a toast "to the vanquished". Ryder's teammates don't subscribe to this, and try to interject with their own ideas, until Drack testily states it's his toast, and it's to the vanquished.
  • Funerals and memorials are sometimes given grave importance in Final Fantasy.
    • In Final Fantasy, there's a grave in Elfland marked for either "Erdrick" in the original North American release, or "Link" in subsequent remakes.
    • At the end of Final Fantasy V, Krile visits the Elder Tree in memory of her grandfather, Galuf, who died there protecting everyone from Exdeath. The flowers then bloom all across the screen and the triumphant theme music roars as the party rides (or flies) across the world.
    • In Final Fantasy VI, General Leo, slain while trying to stop the omnicidal clown from murdering the Espers, is given a memorial grave in the town of Thamasa.
      • Likewise, Setzer's lost love and rival, Darryl, was laid to rest in a sprawling (but derelict) catacomb that also houses her airship, the Falcon.
      • ...but on the other hand, Cid's body is never properly tended to. If you take that route, it just stays there on the bed for the remainder of the game.
    • In Final Fantasy VII, Aerith is entombed at the lake just outside the Forgotten Capital, symbolic of her body returning to join the Planet's Lifestream. (Though there is a small bit of Fridge Logic regarding the depth of that lake.)
    • Visiting the blasted ruins of Trabia Garden in Final Fantasy VIII can be a Tear Jerker if you take the time to visit the makeshift graveyard, and speak to the NPCs whose friends perished in the attack.
    • In Final Fantasy IX, Black Mages are typically mindless automatons crafted from the supernatural Mist. Thus, the few that have achieved sentience have no concept of death, only that their friends have "stopped moving." One of them buries his friend in the ground in hopes that he'll wake up soon, and thinks of washing him at the river when he does. It even extends to villains (sort of). Queen Brahne is taken back and buried in Alexandria in Disk 2's finale. Meanwhile Zidane also stays behind to make sure Kuja doesn't die alone.
    • In Final Fantasy X, people killed in the midst of tragedy or negative emotions run the risk of becoming Fiends. Therefore, Summoners are entrusted with the task of the Sending — a sombre ritual dance casting their souls to the Farplane to find peaceful rest. One of the most striking scenes in the game involves Yuna performing a Sending dance for the innocent victims of Sin's rampage on the little town of Kilika.
  • At the end of the 'Heavensward MSQ in Final Fantasy XIV'', a grave is made for Haurchefant Greystone at Providence Point in the Coerthas Western Highlands, adorned with his broken shield.
  • At the end of Halo 3, the game shows the Pelican wing that has been improvised into a memorial with the number "117" marked on it in tribute to the Master Chief (MIA). The UNSC doesn't allow Spartan soldiers to be listed as dead, only MIA. Usually, but not always, because they Never Found the Body.
  • In Jeanne d'Arc, the final scene post-credits is of Jeanne and Roger visiting Domremy's chapel to pray for Liane's soul.
  • The funeral of Shinjiro Aragaki in Persona 3. Although the school's headmaster and a few schoolmates couldn't care less for the person (and get called out on it by the heroes,) Akihiko's visit to the memorial is one of the most poignant scenes in the franchise.
    • And for the rest of the game, on landing the killing blow in a battle, Akihiko will sometimes shout, "You see that, Shinji?"
  • The Nobodies of Kingdom Hearts, pitiable creatures who vanish into nothingness upon death, erected monuments called "Proof of Existence" in the deepest sanctum of their fortress, simply so they could be remembered. The fact these monuments are shaped like gravestones and slabs, bearing their owner's description and Weapon of Choice, is no coincidence.
  • In a somewhat odd reversal of this trope Skies of Arcadia has the Big Bad Galcian killing off Worthy Opponent Gregorio after the latter performs a Heel–Face Turn to let the heroes escape. Galcian orders the corpse preserved and shipped back to Valua — their homeland, which he just defected from — for a proper burial, stating to the soldier responsible that the corpse is more valuable than the man's own life.
    • However, it's likely that this proper burial never happens given Galcian's actions soon after killing Gregorio; summoning the Rains of Destruction on Valua, an event that kills most of Valua's population.
    • Later, a more straight 'hero respects the villain' usage happens when Vyse gives what's left of Ramirez a traditional burial at sky.
  • In Jade Empire, you can save two little orphan ghosts who died during a town's flood by getting their orphanage master to bury their bones.
  • City of Heroes has the eponymous city literally riddled with monuments and statues to various heroes who died over the years in a heroic manner. There's at least one such massive statue in every single game zone, at least on the hero side.
  • Some Players in Left 4 Dead make sure to pay their respects to Bill with a 21-gun salute. Usually only in scavenger rounds. Otherwise the infected would keep interrupting.
  • In Conquests of the Longbow, Robin makes sure that Friar Tuck gives all of the men he kills in the forest/highway a proper burial. Except one - the would-be rapist.
  • After being killed by monsters, Briggs is buried at sea in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.
  • Dwarves in Dwarf Fortress get unhappy thoughts if their dead pets or comrades are left to rot. In more recent versions, dwarves that didn't receive a proper burial or memorial now come back as ghosts to haunt the living. As of DF2012, if a Necromancer dwarf ends up as this, they can still raise corpses, including their own.
  • Dragon Age
    • Humans, city elves, and presumably surface dwarves burn their dead. Spirits occasionally cross the Veil and possess corpses (or a maleficar can summon them to do the same). Cremation is thus the primary way to prevent this. Dalish elves, meanwhile, bury the body and plant a tree over the remains; Alistair calls this "life springing from death." The dwarves of Orzammar entomb their dead in special crypts, so that their spirits may return to the Stone and strengthen it, thereby strengthening their people.
    • An odd version of this appears in Dragon Age II. The Qunari don't have traditional funeral rites because they believe that once a person dies the body is just a piece of rotting flesh and nothing more — the soul has left the body and it isn't that person anymore. They treat the fallen's swords with much more respect since they believe that their swords are manifestations of their souls. In Act III after you foil the Qunari invasion a Qunari asks you to retrieve several lost Qunari blades so that he may return them to their homeland. Do this without asking for money in return and he thanks you by giving you your own personal Qunari weapon and tells you to treat it as your own soul.
      • A more heartrending version of this plays out in Dragon Age: Origins. If your Warden dies fighting the Archdemon, Sten will bow to your body. He respects you so much that he is willing to show it in a way that doesn't even make sense to him.
  • In Darwinia, if you see a bunch of Darwinians get killed, chances are pretty good that you'll see a bunch of kites launched as the souls drift upwards off the playing field.
  • In No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Travis refuses to let Sylvia and company "clean up" the body of the third-ranked assassin, a cosmonaut who had returned to Earth for the first time in decades. Travis insists that he be left where he is, to be with the Earth he had so missed, finally with her once more in death.
  • When a named character (even the player character, if the player screws up) dies in the Wing Commander series, more often than not there's a funeral cutscene, with a 21 gun salute as the character's coffin drifts off into space.
  • The G ending in The House of the Dead 4 has G paying his respects to James at the site where James sacrificed himself to destroy The World, followed by swearing to fight the Zombie Apocalypse back to the source (which he does in the previous game).
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Arkay, one of the Aedra and a member of the Nine Divines, is known as the God of Life and Death. The Priests of Arkay oversee all funerary and burial rights, which include bestowing Arkay's Blessing and Law. These prevent the soul or body (respectively) of the deceased from being used in necromancy. However, when Mannimarco ascended to godhood as the God of Worms during the Warp in the West event, he became a celestial body that orbits Arkay. When he eclipses Arkay, this protection is blocked, allowing Grand Soul Gems to be converted to Black Soul Gems which are capable of trapping sapient souls.
    • Despite Arkay being one of the deities of their official religion, Imperial law was always a bit more flexible, considering the body and soul of a person to be possessions. This allowed them to be sold, traded, or willed away as any other property. Necromancy wasn't even illegal in the Septim Empire, as long as the dead being used was a willing volunteer.
    • When Giants feel they are nearing the end of their lives, they will travel to one of their burial grounds to die. If a Giant dies elsewhere, other Giants will carry the body to one of the burial grounds.
    • This is part of the reason given for the Mages Guild putting a ban on necromancy in Oblivion. Prior to that, necromancy was originally practiced within the Guild in accordance with the local laws and customs. Practitioners of necromancy are understandably upset by the move, and the resulting schism leads to eventual downfall of the Guild entirely.
    • During the late Merethic Era, the ancient Atmorans (Precursors of the modern Nords) went to war with Skyrim's native Falmer (Snow Elves) after the Falmer sacked and slaughtered the Atmoran colony of Saarthal in Skyrim, with the Atmorans going so far as to attempt to drive the Falmer to extinction. After nearly wiping them out on the mainland, the Atmorans pursued the remaining Falmer to the barren, frozen island of Solstheim. During the Falmer's Last Stand at the Battle of the Moesring, an individual known only as the Snow Prince single-handedly turned the tide of the battle, killing many prominent Atmoran heroes in the process. However, the daughter of one of the slain warriors threw her mother's sword in grief and impaled the Snow Prince, killing him. Unlike the remains of his fellow Falmer, which were burned as per Atmoran tradition, the Snow Prince was considered a Worthy Opponent and was buried with full honors befitting any great warrior, with guards even stationed at his tomb, which would one day become Jolgeirr Barrow.
  • An interesting case in God Hand: when Elvis (a massive demon) sees a pair of lesser demons mocking a corpse and casually tossing it into a grave, he flips out and punches them over the horizon with a shout of "You should show the bodies some respect!" He then kneels and prays for the deceased. After Elvis's own destruction, Shannon, another of the Four Devas, has a massive statue of him built in her territory.
  • God of War:
    • Despite having been described in-universe as the most hated god on Mount Olympus, it's revealed in God of War III that the other Olympians nonetheless gave Ares a proper resting place, freeing his corpse in ice in the aptly-named Tomb of Ares.
    • As revealed in III, after Kratos killed Persephone in God of War: Chains of Olympus, Hades buried her in a decorated coffin, despite the fact that she hated her forced marriage to Hades so much that she was willing to destroy the entire world just to be free of it.
    • God of War: Ascension: After Mercy Killing Orkos at the latter's request, thus finally freeing him from his bond with Ares, Kratos takes the time to give him a proper funeral pyre in the ruins of his old home.
  • In Might & Magic X: Legacy, Pirate King Crag Hack makes a Heroic Sacrifice to weaken the Big Bad so the player can slay him. At the epilogue of the main game, his funeral, where Governor Jon Morgan - his estranged son - gives the eulogy, is brief but sad:
    Morgan: For some he was a pirate. A barbarian. A criminal. He was all of these things, but yet, he was so much more. To me, there's really only one word that fully captures who he was. Crag Hack was a hero. And a father.
  • Dark Souls: This shows the difference in honor between Ornstein and Smough, when they absorb their dead partner's body. If Smough dies first, Ornstein will observe a moment of silence for his fallen comrade (the fact that he's in the middle of battle precludes any further funeral services). If Ornstein dies first, however, Smough will unceremoniously crush the body with his giant hammer. And Smough wonders why nobody in Anor Londo likes him...
  • The Evil Within: Sebastian can drop a match onto any corpse, which immolates the entire body into ash. This includes any dead civilians, effectively a funeral pyre that takes less than 10 seconds. The inaccuracy of the effects of fire on a corpse are justified with a combination of Lotus-Eater Machine and Your Mind Makes It Real.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: Several missions that can be performed for the Tree Clan involve their version of a funeral: placing the deceased's body in a field and watching it get devoured by wild beasts. It sounds barbaric at first, but the solemnity with which the Tree Clan treat the custom and their explanations of how it ties into their belief system make it clear that it honors the dead and is of tremendous importance to them.
  • In Far Cry Primal, Caveman protagonist Takkar has a tendency to say "Walk free" as a blessing whenever someone he respects dies before him. First he says it to a steppe mammoth that he and his hunting party have killed, then he says it to his brother Dalso after Dalso dies from injuries sustained by being knocked off a cliff when the Bloodfang Tiger showed up, and then he says it to Warchief Ull and Dah of the Udam tribe, both of whom he sees as Worthy Opponents.
  • Batman: Arkham City:
    • Batman can come across Crime Alley, the site of his parents' murder, and the player is given the option to pay their respects. If he does so, Batman kneels down and bows his head, as somber music plays in the background.
    • At the end of the game, when Joker succumbs to his Titan poisoning and dies, Batman carries his body all the way out of Arkham City, placing it on the hood of a GCPD police car before leaving in silence.
    • The same prompt occurs in Batman: Arkham Knight, where the player is once again given an option to pay their respects when faced with Talia al Ghul's equipment in the GCPD building.
  • In Valkyria Chronicles:
    • In the first battle, Alicia orders her men to bury the bodies of the Imperial soldiers they killed in the skirmish.
    • Welkin and Alicia's kind treatment of a dying Imperial scout (trying in vain to patch up his wounds, Alicia pretending to be his mother in his last moments to calm him down, giving him a decent burial) which earns them the gratitude of the man's squadmates when they show up the following morning and piece together what happened.
    • Rosie, who spent the entire game showing Fantastic Racism to Darcsens, sings a dirge at Isara's funeral.
  • Most people in NieR: Automata have a patchy understanding of death at best, since they're all robots of one stripe or another who can have their consciousness transferred to a new body (either by core transplant or network download) should their current body be destroyed. The only ones who can die permanently are resistance androids, and since they haven't had contact with humanity in thousands of years, their imitation of funeral rites is based on poorly-understood cultural remnants - something they admit openly, but they feel they have to do something to honor their fallen friends. It comes to a heartbreaking point when 9S plants a flag made of the deceased 2B's blindfold in a field of Lunar Tear flowers, admitting out loud that he doesn't know why. The memorial is visible on the title screen from then on.
  • In Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen on Five Island, there is a memorial for a dead Onix nicknamed Tectonix. The Player can set down a lemonade next to the one that is already there. This earns gratitude from the Trainer next to you, and he gives you TM42 Facade as a thanks.
  • Life Is Strange shows Chloe's funeral in the Sacrifice Chloe ending. Most of the main cast attends.
  • In Red Dead Redemption II, in spite of the circumstances he finds himself in, Arthur Morgan takes a moment to cradle his fallen (fully bonded) horse and thanks it. Also on the receiving end of this, when he and Susan Grimshaw are found dead by Charles Smith and laid to rest, Arthur on a quiet hilltop, in a grave that perfectly faces the evening sun, which is "exactly where he would have wanted to be." Even more so is that his grave is adorned with a bunch of flowers if he was played honorably through to the end.
    • In fact, Charles has mourned and buried most of the members who died in the game. He buries Kieran Duffy and even admits to Arthur that he was starting to like him too, takes a few seconds to mourn Lenny Summers when he's gunned down and buries him alongside Hosea Matthews, and, as mentioned before, he's the one who buried Arthur and Susan on top of beautiful sceneries by the end of Chapter 6. By the Epilogue, he buries Mr. Wayne, a gun he hired, after he's killed by the Skinners. If anything, he's essentially the gang's gravedigger.
    • The same can happen to bounties whom you've dealt with in the Epilogue. Regardless of what happens to Otis Skinner and Elias Green (they are either brought in dead or brought in alive and eventually hanged), if you arrive at the Blackwater cemetery for an event afterward, you'll find that they are both laid to rest alongside each other, with the pastor stating that even Elias "deserves some kindness" in a eulogy.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 has a sequence in Moonbrooke where the player builds graves for a trio of fallen soldiers after they're killed in battle. They also have the option of burying several others who die during the course of the chapter. If you go back there with Malroth during the postgame, he'll mention his desire to visit the graves and pay his respects.
  • Divinity: Original Sin II:
    • The Lizard Folk cremate their dead. One lingers as a ghost because his body was mistakenly buried in a human cemetary and happily Disappears into Light when it's burned in the ritual fire.
    • Elves can gain memories and skills from a dead person by consuming some of their flesh, so they eat their dead to honour them and pass on their knowledge to future generations.
  • In Don't Starve: Reign of Giants, unlocking Webber as a playable character requires you to find his skull and bury it in an existing grave.
  • Spirit of the North: There is a side quest where the player character, a fox, can track down misplaced staves and return them to their long-dead owners. Upon doing so, the souls of the deceased manifest to express gratitude to the fox.
  • The way you deal with dead bodies in Frostpunk have their advantages and disadvantages. Passing a law to bury the bodies in a cemetary (the "good" method) has a better effect on Hope and reduces Hope loss per death. On the other hand, passing a law to throw them in a snow pit (the "evil" method) makes your citizens more discontent, but opens up future bonuses to medical and food production facilities. In "The Last Autumn" scenario, shipping the bodies back home in a casket (better than "good") cost resources but is better for Motivation, while burying them on site is more adverse to it.
  • Octopath Traveler:
    • In Olberic Chapter 3 after defeating the Lizardman Chief Olberic's Travel Banter with Ophelia has her give a prayer for the creatures they just killed. As she explains it, "Yes. To the townspeople, they are fearsome monsters that threaten their lives… But they are living creatures for all that, and I would that they rest in peace."
    • The sidequest "A Corpse with No Name" has a River Dweller from Saintsbridge find the body of a man with no identification on him save a distinctive mole on his hand. The Dweller wishes to bury the man but will not without some name to place upon the grave. The player can journey to Victors Hollow, find the Restless Woman, who is wondering where her husband is, and bring her back to the Dweller by Guide or Allure. She will take her husband to bury him. Alternatively, the player can go to Farshore, the nearby mini-dungeon and find a graverobber who has the man's diary. Obtaining it by stealing or purchasing and taking it back to the Dweller will allow him to bury the body near where it was found on the river's side.

    Visual Novels 
  • One potential ending of the Screaming Author case in Spirit Hunter: NG has Ban host a short memorial for the child spirit. This is revealed to be because he lost his own child to a spirit, and so the mourning serves as sympathetic characterisation for him.

    Web Animation 
  • In DEATH BATTLE!, after Goku gets his brain disintegrated thanks to Heat Vision and powers down to normal form from SSGSS at the end of the rematch, his neck is let go and he begins falling towards the ground, Kal-El accompanies the falling corpse before grabbing the Saiyan's body and cradling it as he flies towards the ground, choosing and preferring to prevent Goku's body from landing in an undignified crumpled heap.
  • RWBY:
    • At the end of "Downfall," after Vernal uses her Last Breath Bullet to distract Cinder long enough for Raven to finish her off, Raven takes the time to close her eyes and thank her for her service.
    • When RWBY arrive in the city of Argus and one of their companions goes missing, the entire group goes in search of him. Jaune, while searching the city, comes across a statue memorializing Pyrrha, who died at the climax of Volume 3, proclaiming her a hero.


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    Western Animation 
  • Arcane: a serious case of Even Evil Has Standards.
  • Mad Jack the Pirate: Mad Jack's Uncle Mortimer wished to be buried at the Island of Hanna-Barbarian. In fact, taking his corpse there was one of the conditions Mad Jack had to fulfill to be allowed to collect the inheritance Uncle Mortimer left him.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Road to Rhode Island", Brian goes to visit his mother, and he's shocked to see that not only she has died, but her stuffed body is used as a table. He ends up stealing her body and giving her a (more or less) proper burial.
  • In the Beast Wars episode "Code of Hero", after Dinobot sacrifices his life to save the proto-humans, the Maximals recycle his remains out of respect of his Predacon heritage.
  • In the Justice League episode "Hereafter", following the (apparent) death of Superman, a funeral is held for him in First Metropolis Cathedral, attended not only by his fellow League members, but a host of characters from Superman: The Animated Series and other heroes from the DCU such as Aquaman and his wife Mera. This is considered one of the sadder episodes in the series since the first half focuses on his death and the attempts of his teammates to come to terms with it, but it also makes for some touching scenes: Lex Luthor shows up to pay his respects as well, Martian Manhunter gives a touching eulogy about the example Superman set and how they should strive to pass it along to honour his memory and even Batman, who hitherto has refused to accept that Superman died, goes to his burial site to voice his respect for him.
  • Batman Beyond: It's revealed in the episode "Ace in the Hole" that every year, on the anniversary of his parents' murder, Bruce Wayne travels to Crime Alley, the site of said murder, and leaves a bouquet of flowers on the spot where they died. It was during one such visit that he met his loyal dog, Ace.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): In the penultimate episode of Season 4, "Requiem," Splinter is killed by Shredder. The next episode, "Owari," begins with Splinter's funeral; he is buried on April's family farm in North Hampton, with the Turtles themselves and their allies, including the Mighty Mutanimals and April's father, in attendance.
  • Samurai Jack: In Season 5, it is revealed that Jack's fall from grace was caused by him killing three baby goats that - due to his rage at not getting home combined with a brainwashing spell from Aku - he thought were Aku's demon minions. After Jack snaps out of it and sees what he's done, he's thoroughly ashamed of himself and is left to despair as the sword leaves him for having taken an innocent life. A return to the place where this happened shows three little graves at the top of the mountain, clearly done by Jack as a sort of atonement for his crime.
  • Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown: The gang clear the name of Shaggy's ancestor Dapper Jack who was Good All Along
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "The Gungan General": After the shuttle is shot down, Jar Jar and the clone troopers bury the deceased Kharrus under a cairn and use his staff as a grave marker.
    • In "Victory and Death", the Grand Finale, Ahsoka, realizing that the Clone Troopers who tried to kill her did so through no fault of their own, takes the time to bury every one of them when they all die when their ship crashes and set up the helmets, that the clones painted in honor of her before Order 66, as a memorial to them.
  • The second episode of Il était une fois... L'homme, which focuses on Neanderthal man, features two instances of this trope: once with an unnamed hunter who got killed in a hunting accident, and once with Maestro following his Death by Newbery Medal. The above information confirms that this is Truth in Television among Neanderthals.
  • Transformers: Cyberverse: The finale concludes at a wake for Soundwave who'd sacrificed himself to put an end to Tarn and his machinations. At the wake, the heroes speak fondly of his life, even the times he tried to kill them.
  • In The Owl House episode "Reaching Out", Luz is left off balance all day because it's the anniversary of her father's death, and the fact that she's stuck in the demon realm means that she's unable to complete her yearly ritual of leaving flowers at his grave with her mother. At the end of the episode, she and Amity send some flowers off into the horizon in an abomination balloon, so they can at least pretend that it will somehow reach him in the human realm.


    Anime & Manga 
  • The Berserk manga has Wyald establishing his monster credentials in a big way by not only raping and murdering a woman who helped the Hawks as well as the girls in her care, but also carrying their naked, dismembered bodies into battle with the Hawks.
  • In the Chrono Crusade manga, when Aion kills Pandaemonium, he cuts off her head and then mercilessly hacks up her body. However, considering that Pandaemonium is the body of his human mother, Lilith, grafted onto the body of the demon's Hive Queen, Aion views it as "freeing" her, and probably also as revenge for the desecration the demons subjected his mother's body to. Also, throughout the series several demons are shown as being cruel, disgusting or evil because of their treatment of the bodies of their human victims.
  • Lupin III shows both ends of this trope. On the evil end:
    • Lupin himself is declared dead on occasion. Pops will assault the corpse to prove it isn't really Lupin. The rest of the gang mourns him in their respective ways. The service is very small, no family in attendance.
    • Lighter and Softer stories where the villain die have a Gory Discretion Shot, dying painfully and ignored.
    • Darker and Edgier stories have no discretion, but the gang may choose to honor their enemy by watching them die, or turn their backs on the enemy.
  • Zig-zagged in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Dio desecrates Jonathan's remains in the worst way possible when he takes over his body for his own use. Supplementary materials reveal that Dio actually feels conflicted over doing this to one of the only people he ever respected, but he also believes that Jonathan's body is the only worthy vessel for his rebirth.

    Comic Books 
  • The Flash: When Barry Allen killed Professor Zoom, the Rogues' Gallery stole the body, laid him out with his costume draped on the coffin... and furiously denounced Zoom for tarnishing their reputation by getting killed and blew up the coffin.
  • Age of the Wolf: Civilized werewolves bury their dead in rituals that involve Human Sacrifice.
  • Spider-Men II: Kingpin, who is not usually a man to do such things, crossed the whole country to attend the funeral of Barbara, the wife of his best friend, Miles Morales (not THAT one).

    Comic Strips 
  • In early episodes of Bloom County, the Bloom Picayune would often engage in Malicious Slander. however:
    Milo (typing}: And thereby, our conclusion is that Councilman Hunzinker is a pin-headed old demagogue.
    Opus: Excuse me, sir, I thought you'd like to know that Councilman Hunzinker just kicked the bucket.
    (Beat Panel as Milo crosses out what he typed.)
    Milo (typing again}: Councilman Hunzinker was a sharp-witted elder statesman.

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • Queen of Shadows: Kyouaku's Establishing Character Moment, among other things, shows that his standard procedure for people who die during his naval battles is to throw their bodies overboard, regardless of whether they were friend or foe.
  • Evil is a stretch, but in How the Light Gets In, the fact that Laurel's parents went against her wishes (see above) by having her embalmed, given an open casket funeral, and buried (with a pitiful tombstone) is used to show just how little they cared about what she wanted. Dean's inability to prevent any of this is a major source of guilt for him. Still, it worked out since she came Back from the Dead.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In horror films, the classic reason why the mummy stirred was to avenge itself on those who broke into the tomb. Indeed, more generally this trope is a persistent theme in horror films. One example: The Amityville Horror (1979), where the basis for the haunted nature of the house is (eventually) revealed to be the fact it was built on an ancient Indian Burial Ground. Not just an Indian Burial Ground, but one used for Indians who were insane or had some lingering illness. And then later it was used by devil worshipping witches. And then someone built a house there.
  • In The Searchers, one of the big clues that Ethan Edwards is not John Wayne's usual role is the scene where he uncovers a dead Comanche warrior and shoots his eyes. As he explains, the Comanche believe that you need your eyes to enter the spirit world — by shooting the eyes out, he'd just condemned that warrior to wander the Earth as a ghost.
  • Charade plays this for laughs: Audrey Hepburn is attending the lying-in-state of her husband when three former associates show up, one by one. One begins sneezing violently, causing the widow's best friend to remark that he must've known the dead man very well: he's allergic to him. Another holds a mirror to the corpse's nostrils to check for breathing. And the third slams open the church door, strides in fiercely, and jabs a pin into the dead man's hand. Audrey's wide-eyed look is hilarious.
  • The eponymous Predator prizes the skulls of worthy prey as valuable trophies, like a human game hunter mounting the heads of animals he's killed on his wall.
    • In the Expanded Universe, Predators without honor are hunted, their bodies dismembered and desecrated, and their heads disposed of, as opposed to being kept as a trophy. It seems that the Predators see keeping a skull as an honor not just for prey but for themselves as well.
  • In 13 Assassins, Lord Naritsugu kicks the severed head of the most loyal of his own subjects, who just gave out his life to defend Naritsugu. When the hero calls him out for it, Naritsugu shrugs it off.
  • In Serenity, the crew comes across the village where Book has been living peacefully having been completely slaughtered by The Operative's forces. Mal decides to use the bodies to camouflage Serenity to sneak past the Reavers orbiting the planet Miranda, which (naturally), his crew finds completely disgusting. Mal probably didn't feel especially good about it either, but it does enable the crew to bring the man chiefly responsible for their murder to something like justice, ( not to mention start the ball rolling on doing the same for thirty million more innocent victims) so there's that.
  • Subverted in Anaconda. Sarone was a former priest, so he holds a eulogy for a recently deceased crew member after the Anaconda devoured him in front of everyone. However, his prayer is so half-hearted and insincere that he just comes off as a prick instead, especially since Sarone is directly responsible for the guy's death and his weeping girlfriend is sitting right next to him.
  • High Plains Drifter. The federal marshal whose death was arranged by the townspeople is buried in an unmarked grave, and the idea that such a man can't rest without a marker is lampshaded. At the end of the movie the Stranger (who may or may not be the marshal's avenging spirit) arranges for a gravestone to be made before vanishing into the distance.
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Balian's wife is denied Christian burial as a suicide. She's buried at the crossroads and beheaded. Truth in Television for the time. However, the priest really shouldn't have rubbed this in his face.
  • In the 1943 Film Serial Secret Service in Darkest Africa a German naval vessel is given permission to bury their dead on neutral soil. Instead they dump the bodies overboard and fill the coffins with explosives which their agent can pick up later. Sailors are buried at sea of course, but it's clearly meant to show the callousness of the evil Nazis even to their own.
  • El Camino: After murdering his cleaning lady, Todd praises her for her honesty and hard work, planning to bury her in a nice spot. This just serves to show his Moral Sociopathy.
  • Highlander: Continuing the aforementioned example, after Connor lights a candle for Heather in the church and then sits down, the Kurgan walks in and shows contempt for the gesture by crushing Heather's candle under his hand.

  • In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the siege of Gondor features heads, struck from the dead, being launched into the city via catapult to horrify the defenders.
    • In Two Towers when Théoden throws off Saruman's enchanting voice, he cites the mutilation of Hama's corpse (along with the dead children) as proof that Saruman does not deserve peace.
    • In The Silmarillion, we have such examples as Fingon's body being beating into the ground even after he dies, and Finduilas' body being pinned to a tree for her rescuers to find. And after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, the bodies of the fallen Men and Elves are piled up into a hill as a monument to Morgoth's victory. There's also a thwarted example. After (narrowly) killing Fingolfin, Morgoth ordered his werewolves to tear apart his body and eat it, only for Thorondor to swoop in and carry Fingolfin's body away to where it could be properly honored.
  • In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Ghostmaker, patrolling Ghosts find one of their number not only dead but mutilated.
    • In Blood Pact, Chaos forces unpack; they had used corpses and blood to seal up what they shipped — some of it inside the corpses. Later, Gaunt recounts how Slaydo's body had been mutilated after his death.
  • In L. M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon books, the founders of a family, a couple, were immigrating, until the woman declared that she would not get back on the ship: "Here I stay." When she died, her husband had it written on her gravestone. (His family have therefore made it a rule that you never hold grudges against the dead, and always attend the funeral and the like.)
  • Andre Norton:
    • In The Time Traders, the prehistoric tribe is set to cremate their chief with great honor. Too great: they intend to kill Ross Murdock on it as a sacrifice.
    • In The Beast Master, Hosteen Storm taunted a character he had realized was an alien: recounting all the aliens' funerary customs and how he won't get them, because no one will realize he died.
    • In Forerunner Foray, Ziantha revives in the past the body of a war captive offered in Turan's tomb. Her companion revives Turan — and when they confront his widow, accuses her of disloyalty, since she had often pledged that she would bury herself with him, and instead sent him a mortal enemy.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Pyramids, Pteppic is presented the case of a handmaiden who refused to be killed for the last king's funeral. When he asks if it was voluntary, the priest agreed that yes, it was, and she didn't volunteer.
  • In "Sonnet 68" William Shakespeare laments the decline from the Good Old Ways; they did not use to take hair from corpses for wigs.
  • In Stephen Hunt's The Court of the Air, steam men decry that humans loot their bodies. Silver Onestack is regarded as an abomination because humans cobbled him together from three steam men, whose souls are therefore held captive. King Steam and the steam men, while not willing to kill him, refuse to help him, and Silver Onestack thinks it's cowardice on his part not to free them by dying.
  • During the Battle of Hogwarts, Voldemort tries to make himself into the good guy by pausing the battle, supposedly so the heroes could collect their dead. Really, though, he's just waiting for Harry to come face him — and then proceeds to desecrate Harry's corpse after killing him. Except that Harry's still alive. Also, several characters express disgust at the fact that Voldemort broke open Dumbledore's tomb to obtain the Elder Wand.
  • As per history, Griboyedov's corpse is torn into pieces and mutilated in other fascinating ays while being paraded across Tehran by an angry mob in The Death of the Vazir Mukhtar.
  • In The Silence of the Lambs, after shooting his captive prey Buffalo Bill skins (and in one case scalps) their corpses and dumps them in a river, where they wash up on the muddy shores bloated, rotting and nude. Hannibal Lecter, the novel's other serial killer, butchered, cooked and ate parts of some of his victims, but he also did other things with their bodies, often with an artistic element. When he escapes he kills the two officers guarding him and uses a pocketknife to cut the face off one of them to use as a disguise to get himself carried out of the building. In the movie the other officer is partially skinned and strung up on the bars of Lecter's cage to resemble a butterfly. Not only is this a reference to two important elements of Buffalo Bill's M.O., it is also a reference to a Francis Bacon painting.
  • In The Iliad, Achilles secured Hector's body to his chariot after killing him, and circled the city thrice with the corpse in tow. For the era, this was regarded as crossing the Moral Event Horizon, and sealed his doom in the eyes of the gods. Now, Achilles is known more for how he died than how he didn't. However, after Priam, Hector's father came to him in person, Achilles regretted his actions, and gave Hector's body to him, so he did eventually have a proper funeral.
    • Said proper funeral is, in fact, the concluding episode of the Iliad; the final words of the epic are (up to slight variations in translation) "Such were the funeral rites of Hector, tamer of horses."
  • In The Odyssey, Agamemnon tells Odysseus:
    As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, after murdering Robb Stark in the Red Wedding, the Freys desecrate his corpse by decapitating it and sewing the head of his direwolf Grey Wind in its place.
    • Also as part of that same incident the Frey's dumped the body of Robb's mother, Catelyn Tully Stark, in the river as a mockery of the funeral customs of House Tully. That one is going to come back to haunt them...
    • In the fifth book, Lady Dustin reveals to Theon that if she gets her hands on Eddard Stark's bones, she'll feed them to her dogs.
  • One of the first scenes in the Belisarius Series is a vision Belisarius has of a Bad Future where the Malwa attack Constantinople using the bodies of Belisarius's wife Antonina, his stepson Photius, and his best friend Sittas as their banners. Belisarius isn't really disturbed by this: he believes that Sittas, Photius, and Antonina are in Heaven and doesn't care all that much what happens to their bodies — except that he does note that in this world, Antonina died of the plague, and the Malwa priests who dug up her body and are carrying it around probably aren't doing themselves any favors...
  • Under Heaven: At one point, Shen Tai is accused of Desecrating the Dead, by a Taguran soldier, but the soldier's commander upbraids him as an idiot that doesn't know what's going on.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after killing Jenny Calendar, Angelus takes her body to Giles' apartment and places it in his bed before the latter arrives. Then, Angelus sets up his living room as if for "romantic evening" with champagne, roses, music and a note that says "upstairs." When Giles arrives he believes Jenny, with whom he has just reconciled, is expecting him...
  • Doctor Who: In "Battlefield", Morgaine puts her invasion of the Earth on hold when she finds a war memorial. When The Brigadier finds them, they're in the middle of a ceremony to honour their enemy's dead; he agrees to a truce until the ceremony is over.
  • Horatio Hornblower: One poor young seaman falls to his death when shortening sails because Insane Captain Sawyer threatens to have the last man down flogged. He then orders to have him thrown over the side of his ship without a funeral.
    Sawyer: Have the lubber thrown over the side. [...] Mr Hornblower, get that man off my quarterdeck.
    Hornblower: [With Due Respect, dripping with sarcasm] Aye, aye, sir.
  • In The Outer Limits (1995) episode "The Grell", an alien race stranded on Earth are treated as slaves, with plenty of Fantastic Racism to go around. One such example is that soldiers will often leave the bodes tied to the ground face-up, spitting in the face of traditional face-down burial which allows their souls to move on properly.
  • An episode of Star Trek: Voyager had the crew get caught up in a conflict between two warring species, at least one of whom brainwashes aliens to serve as grunt troops (in this case, Chakotay) and convince them their opponents are horrific monsters. One of the crimes the "nemesis" soldiers commit in this training is the regular desecrating of fallen soldiers. It is never revealed if this species actually does this, but they accuse their opponents of the very same crimes.

  • The painting of Albert Edelfelt: Duke Karl Insulting the Corpse of Klas Fleming. It is depicting a probably fictional episode of the Swedish Civil War when the Regent Karl burst into the room where the body of his enemy, Admiral Klas Fleming's body lay, pulled on his beard and insulted him in front of her widow.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Both Orks and Chaos forces use corpses and heads as trophies. The Orks in particular only do it to enemies they considered worthy of it - think of it as Values Dissonance.
    • There's also the Kroot, who don't go in for skulls so much as rib cuts and sweetbreads. And they do it to their fallen brethren as well as foes. Since they absorb genetic traits from what they eat, consumption is an act of respect in their culture. The greatest dishonor to an enemy is to be "left on the side of the plate," as it were.
    • The Necrons have the Flayed Ones, who wear their enemy's flesh as a hide (they are batshit insane due to a virus in their coding making them think they're still flesh and blood Necrontyr, and so wear dead people's skins to show off that they are still living).
  • In Warhammer (the fantasy version), the necromancer Heinrich Kemmler seems to really get a kick out of desecrating tombs and playing around with corpses. There was this one time when he re-animated a bunch of zombies and then merged them together into a spider-like creature just to see if he could do it.
  • The typical reaction to the death of an ally or honored friend by the players of any table top game? Strip the dead of anything and everything of any remote value. Even, and especially, if they were a fellow PC. A necromantically-inclined PC may even reanimate their body as an undead meatshield.
    • Any class-specific items belonging to a dead PC will likely be handed over to the next person of that class the heroes come across. From a metagaming standpoint, this makes perfect sense (since it's the dead PC's player's new character); in-character, though, it's pretty weird.
  • Violating graves or desecrating corpses are among the many offenses that can be grounds for a Powers check in a Ravenloft game. Not that this stops a hell of a lot of necromancers, golem-crafters, ghouls, and other baddies from doing it... For religions that place special emphasis on the sanctity of the dead, defiling a tomb is in fact considered an Act of Ultimate Darkness that always gets the Dark Powers attention.

  • Sweeney Todd's victims tend to end up as meat pies at Mrs. Lovett's pieshop.
  • William Shakespeare's Hamlet: Queen Gertrude's quick remarriage did not take a proper period of mourning:
    Horatio: My lord, I came to see your father's funeral.
    Hamlet: I prithee do not mock me, fellow-student.
    I think it was to see my mother's wedding.
    Horatio: Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon.
    • Played humorously in the opening number of Hamlet, Cha-cha-cha!: "Boo-hoo! I do!"
  • Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus avenges the rape and mutilation of his daughter Lavinia by killing Queen Tamora's last two sons, and then, in a nod to the above fairy tales, bakes them into a giant meat pie which he then serves to Tamora before taking his final vengeance upon her.
    • Aaron boasts of his evil deeds, including this one.
    Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves,
    And set them upright at their dear friends' doors,
    Even when their sorrows almost were forgot;
    And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,
    Have with my knife carved in Roman letters,
    'Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.'
  • The Greek play Agamemnon shows the importance of the fact that bodies of some Greek soldiers were left behind at Troy.
  • The protagonist's late mother's body gets subjected to various indignities in Joe Orton's farce Loot. At one point the original script had the corpse falling out of a closet onto her son. The censor deemed this bit of business to be too shocking and insisted it be replaced with something else. Orton duly replaced the falling corpse with a speech where one of the other characters calls out the son for his shameless disrespect... not only has he stuffed his mother's in a closet, but she's standing on her head..

    Video Games 
  • "Return to Ostagar", a DLC mission for Dragon Age: Origins, has the protagonist find the body of King Cailan, which the darkspawn have stripped, crucified, and apparently used for target practice. The player may then decide whether to give the corpse a proper funeral pyre, cut it down, or simply leave it hanging there. Characters like Alistair, Wynne, Leliana, Oghren and Stennote  will support proper treatment of the dead. Characters like Morrigan, Zevran and Loghain will find it a waste of effort, and support cutting it down and giving it to the wolves or leaving it there.
  • Some of Harbinger's lines in Mass Effect 2 involve leaving the dead where they fall, in addition to yelling about how We Have Reserves.
    • He will also command his mooks to try to preserve Shepard's body. It is doubtful that he simply wants to give Shepard a proper burial.
    • After Shepard's premature death in Mass Effect 2, Cerberus (one of the villains from the first game) goes through quite a bit of effort to prevent the Shadow Broker from selling Shepard's corpse to the Collectors, to the point where they form an alliance with Liara T'Soni, one of Shepard's companions (and an alien, when Cerberus is staunchly xenophobic). Of course, they only want the body so that they can bring Shepard back to life to stop the Reapers.
    • Background material suggests that the batarians believe the soul exits the body through the eyes; therefore, mutilating the eyes of a dead batarian is thought to leave them Barred from the Afterlife. (This also makes them very worried about dying in vacuum, which leads to the eyes freezing and rupturing.)
    • One of the first conversations in the first game is about this, with the Paragon option being "Jenkins deserves a proper burial" and the Renegade being "leave him", although no matter what response you give, you're a bit too busy with the Geth trying to shoot you to give Jenkins a proper funeral at this stage.
  • Some Left 4 Dead players amount using Bill's gun off his dead body to this.
  • Played for Laughs with Duke Nukem, who even shits down a dead alien's neck.
  • Not necessarily evil, per se, but one of the songs in Red Dead Redemption is called "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie". The second verse starts, "But we buried him there, on the lone prairie".
  • B.J. Blazkowicz, the protagonist of Wolfenstein 3-D, does this with the body of Adolf Hitler in the finale of Episode 3, "Die Fuhrer Die," kicking his head off his remains and spitting on them.
  • In Gaia Online's short-lived airship-journey game Frontier Skies, one possible random event involved finding the body of someone recently killed by vampires. If you chose to bury the body, you'd lose time and points on your score, but if you tried to loot it you'd lose health, so the best thing to do was heartlessly abandon it.
  • In RimWorld, you can designate certain spots to be used as graves, or build a crematorium to dispose of bodies without taking up space (though the latter option is rather resource-intensive). Leaving human corpses unburied produces negative thoughts among your survivors, especially if they're of former fellow survivors.
  • In Saints Row 2, Shogo Akuji crashes Aisha's funeral after his underling beheaded her to exact revenge against the Saints. Johnny Gat is absolutely pissed over it and pays him back by emptying a nearby coffin, throwing Shogo inside, and ignoring his pleas for a Mercy Kill as he buries him alive.
  • In Gems of War, the crew who died when Atlanta's ship was wrecked have been raised as undead, which she considers a desecration.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, as mentioned above, the Aedric Divine Arkay protects the bodies and souls of the deceased. However, with Mannimarco's ascension as the God of Worms, his plane can "eclipse" Arkay's, during which Arkay's Blessing (the protection of souls) can be worked around by allowing for the creation of Black Soul Gems (which can be used to capture sapient "black" souls). Arkay's Law remains unmovable, however. Mannimarco's Order of the Black Worm, a reclusive Magical Society mostly devoted to practicing The Dark Arts, constantly seek out other ways around Arkay's laws.

    Web Animation 
  • In RWBY, the usual alignment expectations are subverted. After Vernal's murder by Cinder and Cinder's subsequent Disney Villain Death, Raven takes a moment to close Vernal's eyes and thank her for her service to the tribe. The characters in question are members of a ruthless Bandit Clan, but they're very much loyal to each other.

  • In Our Little Adventure, Angelika thinks bringing on Emily so soon after Pauline's death is disrespectful. Really. Not jealousy at all.
  • Tsukiko in The Order of the Stick reanimates plenty of corpses to serve as guards for the newly-captured Azure City. Far later on, Malack reanimates the corpse of Durkon after being forced to kill him. Although he partially did it because he didn't want to lose a dear friend.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, Meti was killed by her first student, Incubus, who chopped her body into pieces and fed it to the dogs outside the city. What makes this more complex is that Meti had remarked that she wanted her body disposed of this way when she died, being The Cynic (in the philosophical sense). Hence, her student might have done this as a mark of respect for Meti, though her second student (and only actual apprentice) disagrees heavily on that point.

    Western Animation 
  • The trope was also lampshaded and parodied in South Park: a shop owner suffering from an influx of evil pets explains how he selected the site of an Indian burial ground for his store, then dug up the bodies, pissed on them, and then reburied them the wrong way up. He was drunk at the time.
  • Megatron and Starscream in Transformers: Prime have no qualms with using Dark Energon to reanimate the bodies of dead Cybertronians, be they Autobot or Decepticon, into zombie Terrorcons under their control.
    • In the episode "Alpha/Omega", Megatron breaks into the tomb of a dead Prime and chops an arm off the corpse to graft onto his own body, enabling him to use the Forge of Solus Prime to create the Dark Star Saber.
  • Meanwhile in Transformers: Animated the montage of Starscream dying and reviving is capped off everytime with him being thrown in the river to rust where he lay. The first time they didn't even bother with that.
  • Used tragically in Samurai Jack. When one of the Daughters of Aku is killed by Jack, the other Daughters drag her body outside the temple and... just leave it there to rot. "Death is failure." The fact that they don't care about each other is eventually proven to be their Fatal Flaw.


    Video Games 
  • Not for Broadcast: In Day 371, if Jeremy Donaldson died at the end of Day 296 (either by suicide or by security), you have the option to "decorate" his grave with either an Advance wreath or a Disrupt graffiti in either of the bottom two screens.


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A burial for Grundy

Grundy is buried after Eclipso is defeated, but the Shade gives Rick some advice on how Grundy can come back from the dead instead of being dead permanently.

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