The Most Famous Fictional Funerals | Funeral Stationery 4 U
When preparing the various arrangements, funeral stationery and order of events to commemorate the passing of a loved one, people take solace in a wide range of different places. For some, that sanctuary is found in the world of fiction.
There have been countless fictional funerals and commemorative ceremonies throughout the world of novels, drama, poetry, prose, film and television, each of which provides a different way to pay tribute, and some form the inspiration for real-life funerals.
From simple ceremonies to lasting passages, here are some of the most famous funerals in fiction.
- Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan
The late Leonard Nimoy refused to be a part of the second Star Trek film unless he was allowed a heroic death, and whilst the science fiction series was not exactly known for its subtlety, it managed to create a memorable, meaningful and emotional send-off for one of the series most beloved characters.
After making a heroic sacrifice, Spock received a heroic burial in space, featuring an emotional eulogy delivered with deep affection and emotion from a William Shatner known far more up to that point for his over-the-top delivery.
This speech, combined with a rendition of Amazing Grace manages to create a truly touching and respectful final moment for a character who would be revived in the very next film.
- The Fault In Our Stars
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers whose elegiac love is as inevitable and sweet as it is so tragically fated.
There are many great examples of this, but the two that capture the melancholy, meaning and message of hope that funerals represent the most are both eulogy scenes at the end.
The pre-funeral, where Hazel describes Gus as giving her a forever within their numbered days is one that completely intermingles love and loss.
Meanwhile, the final scene is similarly meaningful, providing a degree of hope within a time of despair and a whirlwind of emotions.