"She wanted everyone to remember her funeral but not for a sad reason," her best friend said of the deceased woman's arrangements.
Why leave the world sad when you can leave it rad? A Bristol woman named Sandie Wood "surprised" her mourners with a flash mob dance at her funeral. The deceased woman left everyone stunned when a mob of women suddenly got up and started dancing at her funeral.
Wood from Bristol, UK, was a fun and lively personality, and she wanted a similar vibe for her funeral. Wood, before passing, hired this group of women to perform the funniest song one could choose for her ending, Another One Bites The Dust by Queen, reports BBC.
Since the video surfaced on TikTok, people have had mixed emotions about her macabre sense of humor.
"She wanted everyone to remember her funeral but not for a sad reason," explained her best friend, Sam Ryalls. "Everyone is sad and grieving because she is not here anymore, but that does not mean her final day had to be that way." Wood followed her heart and lived an unconventional life.
Well done Ms. Wood, it look as if you've left this world as you enjoyed it, and good for you— Papa4ways (@Disabled_Scot) January 11, 2023
She planned her funeral six months before passing away and her friend Ryalls helped her fulfill the bizarre wish. They approached eleven dance groups to perform at her funeral, but it seemed daunting to everyone, and they refused to participate. After many failed attempts, a group called Flaming Feathers came on board and agreed.
Flaming Feather's manager, Claire Phipps, said: "Her best friend Sam booked us, but this was about six months before she passed, so Sandie planned her funeral. It was definitely not your normal gig."
good choice of song 🙂 freddie mercury voice good for any occasion 👍— donald paul (@donalda69879631) January 11, 2023
People's hesitation is justified because who organizes a mob dance at their funeral, right? But Wood wanted to be herself at her funeral, staying true to her dark sense of humor. The mourners were caught off-guard and did not know what was happening. Some looked surprised, some shocked, and others had indifferent expressions.
"It was very odd to first pretend to be there for the funeral and then to see family and friends crying and upset," said the dance group's manager, Phipps. "To then, have to get up and rock out to Queen felt very weird — but it did go well."
She also described how people looked clueless at first and then tuned in with them. "We got some very funny and mixed reactions at first, but we got the crowd going, they were all clapping to the music, and they were all really thankful and enjoyed it after," she said.
Flash-mob dance at funeral "breaks tradition" https://t.co/KcWj56nKNG— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 11, 2023
Apart from the mob dance, Wood also made her funeral memorable with a custom coffin made for her, lined with her favorite shoes. It came in on a horse-drawn hearse but late because she never came on time. Wood had the coffin pre-designed in a purple shade with ornamentation and a special message, "Going out in style." Ryalls said, "She was one of a kind, so she left the world how she lived it, being herself."
Wood was 65 and suffering from tongue cancer. She was also a victim of the "blood scandal" that shook the nation in the 1970s and 80s (thousands were mistakenly given infected blood supplied by the NHS in the UK). A barmaid and a bodybuilder, Wood was a vibrant personality. People will now remember her for her unique last rites. "She was just a massive character," said Ryalls.
Her fight with cancer was painful. It was her playfulness that made the journey bearable. "She was dying," Ryalls said. "And she would say that medicine is laughter."
She also wanted her funeral to make headlines but didn't have control over it. Surprisingly, it created quite a buzz. Ryalls shared: "The last wish that we could not achieve has actually happened. It is incredible."