A Brazilian woman has fulfilled her weird 14-year dream of holding her own funeral - while still alive. 44-year-old Vera Lucia da Silva, arranged to carry out her bizarre wish to lie in a coffin all day while family and friends pretended she was dead. And she said it was 'the best day of her life'.
The astonishing ceremony, which was held on the Day of the Dead celebration in South America on Wednesday, November 2 - took place at a funeral home in Camocim, Brazil.
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.
The married housewife, who doesn't have children, explained 'celebrating' her own funeral was an 'old dream' that she never thought would come true.
But she was determined to do it before she passed away.
She said: "I wanted to hold my own funeral 14 years ago. I've waited a long time and can't believe that at last this wish has been granted. When I invited my friends and family they thought I was joking and they didn't take it seriously."