It’s unfortunate, but funerals can be prime events for drama of all kinds. Emotions are all over the place and people can get into fights, become despondent, or get drunk and pass out on a bench. While messy emotions are okay during times of grief, sometimes really awful stuff does happen at funerals that will shock even the most seasoned funeral director.
On Reddit, folks are sharing the worst things they’ve done or witnessed at a funeral—and, well, it’s a lot.
“The gentleman had a large family and all of his siblings got up and made it all about themselves, dredged up old family drama, made it clear that they resented his wife, etc. It was so painfully awkward.” — Abbreviations-Odd
I had a fit of hysterical laugh at my father’s funeral just about the time people started to gather at the mortuary. In my defense, my mother had a nervous breakdown (my father died 4 days after we found out he had lung cancer), there was a lot of shitty stuff surrounding the funeral organization, my mom just flipped, my siblings were 15 and lost so I was at 23 left to handle it all. I kinda lost it.” — MsLibraryOwl
“One of my students’ mother died. I went to the funeral with the principal and the student’s integration aide. After the funeral her father walked up to her and her grandmother and said, ‘I want her out of the house by tomorrow morning.’ She was 11 years old.” — MrsAlwaysWrighty
“Her ex told us about all the great things she did in bed and what a loss for mankind that is. In front of her boyfriend.” — Schmackerich
“He handed out his business cards at his stepdaughter’s funeral. There was very nearly a fistfight!” — Jenny010137
“Not a funeral but when my grandad passed and we went to view his body at the crematorium my aunt started stealing from the facility the second the employees back was turned. Just shoving anything that wasn’t nailed down into her purse and pockets. Unbelievable. And yes we called her out and made her put it all back.” — Korsola
“No where near as bad as most comments but the family didn’t allow for his twin to speak. Straight up skipped over the allocated time for the living twin to get up and speak about his brother. Who was his last remaining immediate family. I don’t think I can ever forgive the late wife for putting him through that. She treated him so horribly all throughout the sickness, and then to not allow him to be a part of the funeral was the final nail in the coffin.” — teuthexx
A few years back, when the uncle of my mother died my young cousin (8) cried a lot at the funeral. It took some time but eventually he calmed down and his parents went for a little walk with him for some distraction. But then he noticed that his first name was written on one of the tombstones. He mentions it loudly and one of the bystanders said: ‘Yeah its already reserved for you.’ He immediately started crying again…” — firedexo
“My uncle was pissed about something in my grandmother’s will. So during the funeral, he went out to the parking lot and keyed everyone’s car. It should be noted, he has severe brain injury from a motorcycle accident that causes him to be constantly angry and paranoid. Still…” — PancakeExprationDate
“My husband went to his great aunt’s funeral and while they did the little ceremony in the cemetery, great aunt’s granddaughters were all hiding behind a tombstone giggling and doing coke.” — YaDrunkBitch