It is sad to think that sooner or l—
Ater Those you love will do the same for you,
And you may have thought it tragic
Not to mention other adjec—
Tives, to think of all the weeping they will do
Tropes dealing with funerals and all ritualized commemoration of the dead.
See also Funerals
- 21-Gun Salute: 21-gun or three-volley salutes performed at funerals for officers or military personal.
- Ancient Tomb: Or burial chamber.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: No one liked the person who has died, so everyone's glad he has kicked the bucket.
- Ashes to Crashes: An urn full of ashes gets knocked over and scattered inappropriately.
- Attending Your Own Funeral: Someone attends their own funeral because their death is mistaken.
- Burial at Sea: A funeral where the body is disposed of at sea.
- Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: Someone has difficulty honoring the deceased's last wishes.
- Burying a Substitute: The deceased left no mortal remains, or their body was never found, so their loved ones bury something which symbolizes them instead.
- Cheerful Funeral: A funeral is a celebratory occasion.
- Clown-Car Grave: An absurd or limitless amount of enemies spawning out of a disproportionately smaller area.
- Coins for the Dead: Coins are left for the dead so they can use them to pay in the afterlife.
- Coffin Contraband: Hiding illegal goods in a coffin or tomb.
- Cramming the Coffin: Placing a body in a coffin already scheduled for burial.
- Creepy Cemetery: Dark cemetery filled with ghosts and monsters.
- Creepy Mortician: Morticians portrayed as being disturbing or strange.
- Dateless Grave: A gravestone shows the deceased's name, but not their dates of birth and death.
- Dead Guy on Display: Displaying a corpse for everyone to see.
- The Dead Have Names: Naming deceased people to show their significance.
- Dig Your Own Grave: Before being killed, the victim is forced to dig their own grave.
- Dishonored Dead: The deceased committed a crime which is considered so terrible that they do not deserve a proper funeral.
- Due to the Dead: Burying the dead is considered honorable while desecrating the remains is considered disgraceful.
- Elephant Graveyard: A place that large animals go to when they die.
- Ending Memorial Service: The story ends with a funeral.
- Excessive Mourning: A bereaved character spends all their time grieving for the deceased and is unable, or unwilling, to move on.
- Freaky Funeral Forms: Being disturbed by another culture's funerary customs.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": Wacky antics happen at a funeral.
- Grave Clouds: Cemeteries have cloudy overcast weather.
- Grave Humor: Humorous writing on tombstones.
- Grave-Marking Scene: Visiting the grave of a loved one.
- Instant Gravestone: When a person dies, they turn into a tombstone on the spot.
- It Always Rains at Funerals: Rain is pouring during a funeral service as a way to convey the sadness of the whole thing.
- It's Always Sunny at Funerals: The weather is surprisingly beautiful at a funeral as a way to contrast the sadness of the whole thing.
- Last Disrespects: A funeral service where the people attending aren't very respectful towards the deceased.
- Mocking the Mourner: The one way that the above trope can be made worse is to actively mock those mourning the deceased.
- Libation for the Dead: Pouring a drink onto the ground to honor the dead.
- Lonely Funeral: Very few people, if any, attend the deceased's funeral.
- Meaningful Funeral: Character's funeral brings out things about them and their mourners that wouldn't have come up otherwise.
- Memorial Statue: A statue to honor the deceased.
- Missing Man Formation: A ceremonial incomplete formation done to honor a dead teammate.
- Mourning an Object: An inanimate object is destroyed, goes missing, or stops working, and is treated by the characters as though it has died. May include a funeral.
- Peaceful in Death: A dead person is shown to be at peace.
- The Poppy: The Commonwealth symbol of remembrance for the war dead.
- Precautionary Corpse Disposal: A setting or situation where anyone who dies will become a monster, or otherwise dangerous if you don't do the right thing with their body.
- Shrine to the Fallen: A shrine set up in memory of the deceased.
- Starts with Their Funeral: The story begins with a character's funeral before explaining how the person died.
- Supernaturally Marked Grave: After someone dies, they disappear and the ground where their corpse was changes to signify their death.
- Talking to the Dead: Talking to the dead while visiting their graves.
- Taps: A musical piece sounded at military funerals.
- Three-Volley Flinch: Someone is at a funeral for a military person, and at the sound of the rifles firing, they flinch.
- To Absent Friends: Proposing a toast dedicated to those who have died.
- Viking Funeral: A dead person has their body and their possessions cast away in a boat that is set on fire.
- War Memorial: Monuments dedicated to fallen soldiers.
- Weapon Tombstone: A grave is marked by a weapon stuck into the ground.
- Field of Blades: Swords stuck in the ground to represent the casualties of a war.
- Widow's Weeds: Woman wears certain clothes when they are in mourning.