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Crazy funeral stories go viral

It’s amazing how poorly things can go at a funeral.

Funerals are rarely fun. In fact, I’d venture to say attending a funeral is a great way to make sure your week is absolutely destroyed.

It’s almost always super emotional, people are crying and you oftentimes can’t get out of there fast enough. It’s sad, but it’s also true.

Well, what if you showed up at a funeral that had gone completely off the rails for one reason or another? Sounds pretty unlikely, right? Buckle up because it turns out that it does happen. 

Crazy stories about funerals are circulating on Reddit.

A Reddit thread titled “What is the craziest or weirdest thing you have ever experienced or seen at a funeral?” will undoubtedly be the most absurd thing you read today.

Check out some of the craziest stories people have ever told at funerals below and share your thoughts with me at [email protected]:

  • My sister looked a lot like my grandmother. My grandmother had a style, heels, a cigarette holder, wig, dress, pearls. My father (not always appropriate) whispers in sister’s ear, “Why don’t you go in her closet and come out dressed like your grandmother?” 10 minutes later, we hear the click of the heels, the smell of a cigarette in a long holder, and a spot on imitation of her voice. My aunt, uncle, cousins all thought she was a ghost.
  • You won’t believe me but someone’s phone went off with the ringtone “Staying Alive”
  • Not super inappropriate, but my grandfather was always a trickster. He had a great sense of humor. He had this little song he would sing to me, my siblings, and my little cousins where he would just repeat the words “poo poopy doo” over and over. At his funeral, my aunt was telling stories about him and in the middle of her telling a story, my 6 year old cousin screamed “POO POOPY DOO” in front of 50 people. Needless to say it lightened the mood a little bit and made everyone a little happier remembering him in a good way.
  • Someone trying to “quietly” open a can while they were doing the closing prayer.
  • The lady who convinced my mother to ditch chemo and use essential oils, handed biz cards at her funeral.
  • The deceased’s first wife and kid came said their goodbyes and left. The current family never knew about it. Dude’s been living a double life all along.
  • My niece walking up to fathers coffin and tweaking his nose.
  • Probably me and my brothers not realizing we were supposed to open my moms ashes box and release them, so instead we awkwardly dropped her entire box in the river like a bath bomb.
  • At my grandpa’s funeral in 2006 a random drunk woman that no one in our family knew stumbled in and started singing show tunes, then crying til she was escorted out.
  • My mother switched her wedding ring with my dad’s ring while he was in the casket.
  • At my cousins funeral, one of my relatives literally tried jumping in the casket with him. Really traumatizing experience I might add.
  • At an open casket wake, a friend of the deceased attempted to give her a drink of single malt whiskey. She ended up being forcibly removed as she wouldn’t stop and spilled a lot of the alcohol in the casket. It was as horrible and inappropriate as it was heartbreaking – for everyone.
  • At my mom’s funeral which my dad only agreed to because her sisters were being assholes about my agnostic mother not having a proper funeral one of them walked up to me and said “Aren’t you so sad you never had kids and gave your mom a grandbaby.” Had to bite my tongue to keep from saying yeah so sad my stillborn daughter and eight miscarriages didn’t give mom a grandchild.
  • I once attended a funeral where the deceased’s pet parrot kept squawking “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” throughout the entire service. It was eerie and somewhat comical at the same time. The family couldn’t help but chuckle through their tears. It definitely made for a memorable and unexpected moment.
  • At my Grandpa’s funeral, my grandparents’ friend tried to sign me up to sell Mary Kay under her while I was crying beside his grave. At the same funeral, the preacher giving the eulogy talked about whether or not my Grandpa spanked his kids enough. He said “Daddy was a hard man, but was he hard enough? Did he spare the rod too many times?” And then mentioned my dad and his sisters by name and said they should ask themselves that question when they think of their Dad. We were all like, WTF.
  • Went to my granduncle’s funeral in Ireland as a ten year old boy. turned out he was a hero in the IRA back in the day, and six masked IRA guys emerged and fired shots with automatic rifles over the grave. best funeral ever.

It's hard to believe that something so absurd can happen, but it is. Imagine guys turning up with guns and shooting people because a family member is in the IRA.

Or imagine yourself sipping a cold beer as quietly as possible while a funeral is taking place? What is wrong with some of you? Pull yourself together! We are talking about funerals here. Not an afternoon party with the boys.

My only request for my funeral and everyone there that day is that everyone in attendance has fun. There will be an open bar, drink as much as you want and tell some stories. Keep it simple and fun. Do you have a crazy funeral story? Let me know at [email protected].