We all think about our funerals at some point or another. It sounds like a pretty morbid thing to do, doesn't it? But, for some reason, we all do it. Maybe there's something comforting in thinking about how your funeral would pan out, perhaps it helps us accept death? I'm not too sure what the psychology behind it is, but I am aware most people have a song that they would like to be played - heck, some people probably have whole playlists prepared.
One dying man from Ireland gave his funeral some real thought. Not wanting his family and friends to be glum, he came up with a novel way to make everyone laugh.
A message from beyond the grave turned everyone's frowns upside down.
Continue scrolling to find out how, even in death, one joker managed to have everyone in hysterics.
For many, the burial is the hardest part.Sitting in church, singing, reading verses, and hearing people talk fondly of the deceased can be comforting. There's no way to dance around the death at the burial site. Once the deceased is lowered into the ground, the reality of the situation hits home.
We can all joke about dying...
At my funeral there'll be only tissues, no food...yall come to cry...not eat— The Blondie Revolution (@The Blondie Revolution)1571014845.0
Sure, we can make requests...But that's not to say that anyone will take them seriously. I guess you can only hope that those closest to you know you well enough to get it right.
"Note this down, darling..."
Tweeting this so I remember my mum has requested David guetta ft Kelly rowland as her funeral song— keira (@keira)1570737510.0
In reality, your funeral isn't about you...It's about the people you leave behind. Really, it doesn't really matter what song you would have wanted to play or what clothes you would have wanted to be buried in... because, you know, you're dead (sorry). I guess the best you can hope for at your funeral is that everyone left behind is doing alright. I sure wouldn't anyone all torn up at my funeral.
Family man, Shay Bradley, didn't want tears at his funeral.
via: YouTube/ Jay BradleyAfter battling ill health, the husband and father from Dublin, Ireland, became aware that his days were numbered.
Some people want tears at their funeral.In some countries, you can even hire "professional mourners" to come to your funeral and cry.
To die with mystery...
When I die, I’m going to hire someone to go to my funeral just to hide in the bushes while wearing a black veil and… https://t.co/5OPBHzxKL8— d (@d)1547351444.0
Mr. Bradley was not preoccupied with his favorite songs.
via: YouTube/ Jay BradleyHe wanted to ensure that his children, his grandchildren, his friends, and, most importantly, his wife would be able to crack a smile.
via: TwitterShay's wife cried happy tears after she heard the recording that had been planned into the burial service.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Chose my mums funeral song today with my stepdad, we chose bat out of hell by meatloaf. Mum would be looking down pissing her pants ❤️— gerry cleave (@gerry cleave)1570478888.0
Some people have quite specific requests when it comes to their funerals.
If someone doesn't play the titanic song badly on a recorder at my funeral then I'm not even gonna bother dying— toadette (@toadette)1570488794.0
It's not as though we can speak at our own funerals...Or maybe you can... Shay Bradley sure proved that there is a way to make your voice heard from beyond the grave.
Shay wasn't going to die without his affairs in order...
via: YouTube/ Jay BradleyNot only did he want to ensure that everyone was looked after once he was gone, but Shay also wanted to ensure that his funeral went off without a hitch... that is, of course, other than the one he planned.
No one knew what was going to happen...
via: TwitterAs the family stood around Shay's graveside, the priest's sermon was interrupted. Suddenly, as though out of nowhere, the deceased's voice was heard from the pit.
The crowd of mourners couldn't help but laugh.
via: TwitterShay had planned to have a voice recording play from inside his coffin after it had been put into the ground.
Always a joker...
via: YouTube/ Jay BradleyShay made the recording before he died. Once it began to play, the mourners couldn't believe that they were hearing one of his wisecracks again.
"Always by your side."
via: YouTube/ Jay BradleyAlthough Shay's recording was a joke meant to incite laughter amongst the mourners, it's clear that it also came from the heart. In his own way, it seemed as though Shay wanted his family and friends to know that he was still there, by their sides... making them laugh.
The moment was shared on Twitter.A friend of the family, Ciarán, shared Shay's final prank on Twitter. The post has since gone viral and been watched by over 150k.
Putting the fun into funeral...
@Lucky2B1rish Ahh this is great way to go and be remembered. He definitely put the fun into funeral.— Leon Rí 🦁 E.V. (@Leon Rí 🦁 E.V.)1570980125.0