Spoiler Alert: We’re all going to die. Even though the idea of death seems to freak the majority of people out, it really doesn’t have to be so morbid. Just like you can find life amusing, you can also find death amusing if you possess that little special something we like to call dark humor.
Unless you opt to get cremated and put in a jar so you can forever terrorize whoever you’ve designated to keep your ashes, you get a grave 6 feet under. And really, what better opportunity to amuse those you’ve left behind, or get the last laugh if your level of passive aggressive is infinite.
Here is a wonderful list of people who put the fun back in funeral. They really couldn’t care less about the solemnity of death and why should they? It’s not like they’re around anymore to bother if anyone is judging. It’s quite beautiful.
1. Indeed. Mitchell is obviously quite bitter and he wants everyone who visits him to know it. Even in passing, Mitchell couldn’t help but complain.
2. We can’t quite decide whether Joel is super bitter or super dark. Maybe he’s both, and maybe that is the brilliance of this tombstone. Wonder how his family feels about it.
3. James has resigned himself to his fate and we’d say that’s healthy if he wasn’t already dead.
4. Sometimes epitaphs will contain bits of wisdom, sometimes they’ll speak of a person’s experience, sometimes they’ll mention those they love, but sometimes they’ll give you a heads up regarding what’s coming.
5. After reading this tombstone, we’re a little skeptical that Samuel even died at all. He survived some pretty brutal circumstances and wants you to know about it. It appears that the only thing he couldn’t beat was old age.
6. There’s nothing like a little rhyme to ease the tension of dying. Fred may not have been the next Shakespeare but he’s funny and who’s to say what’s more impressive?
7. Herman definitely had a rough go of it with his wife, but apart from that, the level of commitment to his anger is very admirable. Bitter in life, as in death.
8. Legendary television host and media mogul Merv Griffin wrote his own epitaph before his death. People magazine reported that he actually chose “stay tuned,” however, “I will not be right back” won out before the engraving was finalized.
9. We all have that one brother who got us murdered. Cecil’s brother couldn’t keep his mouth shut. RIP
10. Rodney Dangerfield is obviously upset because he feels like he doesn’t get the respect. None of it at all!
11. It was typical at this time for people to put the cause of death on their tombstones but this is just incredible. There is just so much detail without context. The best humor is often unintentional.
12. This is a fart joke unless someone can tell us otherwise. If we are right and it is a fart joke then we must say Leslie, you are the real MVP.
13. This is kinda gross but very inventive. We’re not sure who you are or where you’re from, but you’re creative and we applaud you.
14. Kay’s family: what’s your fudge recipe? Kay: you’ll get my fudge recipe over my dead body Kay:
15. True story: Mary Dolencie died in 1985 and believed that her neighbors had it in for her, complaining about the number of cats she had. To get revenge, she had a curse engraved on her tombstone. In other words, don’t mess with cat ladies.
16. Short and sweet. Who needs unnecessary decorum when you’re dead? Dee Dee has to go, and that’s all there is to it.