People often wonder about death but one woman in Brazil went a step ahead to experience hers — while alive.
Vera Lucia da Silva, 44, lived “the best day of her life” when she held her own funeral. In fact, she had been looking forward to the unusual ceremony for 14 years.
“I wanted to hold my own funeral 14 years ago,” she said, according to Mail Online. “I've waited a long time and can't believe that at last this wish has been granted.”
The fake ritual took place in a real funeral home in Camocim, in the Brazilian state of Ceará, on the Day of the Dead, which is a three-day celebration that honors the deceased. It is originally a Mexican tradition but is now observed in many South American countries.
Although her friends and family initially thought the whole idea was bizarre, they ended up helping da Silva with her wish by dressing in black. They also closed the lid of the coffin and carried the coffin around, pretending to take da Silva to her final resting place.
“When I invited my friends and family they thought I was joking and they didn't take it seriously,” she added.
The owner of the funeral home, Paulo Araujo, also pitched in and donated the coffin to da Silva to help with the ceremony.
“I stayed in the coffin all day,” she stated. “The only movement I made was to turn my head to drink just coconut water and tea. Everyone came, my father, my mother, sister, brother and friends. When they saw me their mouths dropped open in amazement but they respected my wish to have my own funeral. It was the best day of my life.”