A Brazilian woman, Vera Lucia da Silva, 44, has fulfilled her 14-year dream of experiencing her own funeral while still alive.
Silva slept in a coffin for a day pretending to be dead.
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.
Silva said she has always dreamt of the moment and called it the best day of her life.
An excited Vera arrived at the funeral parlour at 7am on the day and started the preparations for her wake, which lasted from 9am until 6pm.
She admitted she has a fascination for funeral ceremonies and always tries to attend as many as she can in her spare time to help with the arrangements.
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."
Vera added, "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."