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There are two settings I can think of off the top of my head that seem to always be ripe for juicy drama. The first? Weddings. Something about all that alcohol and, you know, people on either side of the family who hate the bride or groom can bring out the worst in people.

The second? Funerals. Grief can do some wild things to people, and some families take it to stranger places than others as we learned once Redditor ScorpionX-123 asked the online community, "What's the worst thing you've seen go down at a funeral?"


"My aunt picking up my cousin's urn..."

My aunt picking up my cousin's (her son) urn and hurling it against the wall, causing it to shatter and his ashes to fly everywhere, while screaming that she hoped he was rotting in hell.

He had killed three children and himself drunk driving.

Arcadia9009

"At my mom's funeral I gave a eulogy..."

At my mom's funeral I gave a eulogy to a bunch of empty chairs. I was the only person there besides the grounds people at the cemetery. I just pretended she could hear me.

orstius

"Before the widow made it back..."

I went to the funeral of my friend's stepfather. All his kids were adults and disliked each other. One of the daughters said something to the other daughter and got slapped. A fight almost ensued, but the brothers jumped in to stop it.

Before the widow made it back to the house, one or more of the kids had been there and taken the decreased's guns and jewelry.

Catlenfell

"His death was sudden..."

So my father's funeral was actually yesterday. His death was sudden and my family is pretty much in shock. My dad had lots of friends and was well known in his community. Thanks to covid, there were just 17 people at the funeral. Exactly 5 non-family members. And no wake of course, although that may have been a blessing considering how overwhelmed we all were. The mass was fine; it was just such a lame send off. RIP dad.

Chairish

"It was almost comical."

My cousin died of brain cancer a few years ago. Some woman that she had been really good friends with, but had drifted apart from 20 years before, had got back in touch with her on Facebook.

Now she was a secretary for a megachurch pastor. Both of them talked for longer than the family. She told some tale about in her last minutes, my cousin woke up from her delirium and asked to be saved. This "pastor" talked about what a great husband she had. (The husband had moved out with another woman and was still married because he was the beneficiary of the life insurance.) And the preacher spent most of his speech trying to convince us to join his church.

It was almost comical.

Catlenfell

"The people carrying the casket..."

The people carrying the casket in accidently dropped it and I couldn't contain my laughter. I was told to leave by the family.

mr_stoOpid

"He had committed suicide..."

A woman kicked her husband's coffin and spat on it.

jacobr1020

"I've been to three funerals for young men..."

I've been to three funerals for young men in which the preacher blamed the friends for not stopping the dangerous lifestyle. We were devastated already but this just pissed us off.

RoadFlowerVIP

"Thankfully, the guy went along with it..."

The eulogist (the deceased man's best friend) had been drinking hard liquor for hours before the 11 a.m. church funeral service.

He slurred his words badly and repeated the same things over and over, weaving slowly left and right as he talked. When he had gone on more than 20 minutes and started to tell an off-color "joke," the minister went over to the lectern and made him stop.

Thankfully, the guy went along with it. But at first, people were concerned that the eulogist might make a scene.

Back2Bach

"Relative passed away..."

Relative passed away and one of her children and their spouse left early to raid the decedent's jewelry. They thought they should have it. Was forced to give it back.

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