Vera Lucia da Silva from Brazil has for 14 years wished to stage her own death and her wishes has finally entered the realms of reality.
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.
And she said it was ‘the best day of her life’.
Mail Online’s full report:
The extraordinary 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, a seaside resort in north east 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.
In a video filmed on the day, Vera can be seen having her make-up done and enjoying the moment.
She messes around opening and closing her eyes causing her friends to scream with horror and laughter as she pretends to be dead one moment and alive in the next.
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.
Vera said: ‘I stayed in the coffin all day. The only movement I made was to turn my head to drink just coconut water and tea.
‘Everyone came, my father, my mother, sister, brother and friends. When they saw me their mouths dropped open in amazement but they respected my wish to have my own funeral. It was the best day of my life.’
She revealed that the occasion was too much for some people who cried. However, others burst out laughing at the bizarre scene.
Before the funeral was over, Vera revealed she made one last request.
She said: ‘To complete my dream I asked the funeral director to cover the coffin with the lace top and the lid. Then I asked them to carry me around for a few minutes as if they were taking me to my burial.’
Vera added that while she enjoyed the day, she is ‘not ready to die just yet.”