A woman has fulfilled an astonishing 14-year dream of holding her own funeral – while still alive. Vera Lucia da Silva, 44, arranged to carry out her bizarre wish to lie in a coffin all day while family and friends pretended she was dead.
The married housewife, who doesn’t have children, said celebrating her own funeral was an ‘old dream’ that she never thought would come true, but had determined to do it before she passed away.
The extraordinary ceremony held on the Day of the Dead celebration in South America- Wednesday, November 2, at a funeral home in Camocim, a seaside resort in North-East, Brazil.
An excited Vera arrived at the funeral parlour at 7am on the day and started the preparations for her wake, which lasted from 9am until 6pm.
For her own personal occasion, Vera dressed in a full length white lacy gown with her hair pinned back. She kept her hands still throughout the unusual event, laying one on top of the other across her abdomen.
Rosary beads were wrapped around her hands and the lower half of her body was covered with flow
While her friends and family were against the idea, they dressed in black and visited throughout the day in a show of support.
The owner of the Eternal Garden Funeral home, Paulo Araujo, donated the coffin and the space free to Vera, as a gesture of good will.
Mr. Araujo said Vera has been trying to persuade him to fulfil her desire for five years but he has always resisted up until now.
Her husband has always been unhappy with the idea and has stopped her from doing it before. But this time she finally managed to persuade the rest of her family to agree to the idea.
She admitted she has a fascination for funeral ceremonies and always tries to attend as many as she can in her spare time to help with the arrangements.
While Vera said it was ‘the best day of her life’, she however, noted she is not ready to die yet.