A woman spent hours lying in a coffin with her friends pretending to cry around her to rehearse her own funeral because she wanted to ‘celebrate her life.’
Mayra Alonzo, 59, organised her funeral rehearsal at her home in the city of Santiago at the end of last month, inviting friends to pretend to mourn her.
Alonzo arrived at the funeral in a hearse, lying in a white coffin that she had rented for the day.
She has dressed head to toe in white and wore a flower crown and had cotton in her nostrils at times, replicating the treatment of a corpse in a mortuary.
According to Dominican news site, Listin Diario, the party cost £710 with the money going to pay for the coffin, as well as refreshments for the dozens of guests.
Her friends, family and neighbours turned up to pretend to cry or to take pictures of the event, but all were thanked for helping organise it.
Alonzo described the event as a ‘dream come true’ and claims she doesn’t want a funeral when she dies for real because she has ‘done it all in life.’
Social media users were baffled by the event, with some criticising the woman for holding a fake funeral at a time when so many lives are being lost due to Coronavirus.
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One commenter wrote: “Some things shouldn’t be messed with. There are so many people that have lost loved ones because of Covid-19.”
However, Alonzo said it was the deaths during the pandemic that inspired her to celebrate her life with the fake funeral.
But she also advised people not to die now, “because in the coffin it is very hot and it is very lonely.”