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Old 12-20-2012, 03:53 AM   #1
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Man gatecrashes funeral, starts yelling at corpse to "Wake up"

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A man gatecrashed a Christchurch funeral, knelt before the coffin, began chanting and ordered the deceased to "wake up".

Close family friend Alec Weaver said mourners who had gathered at the John Rhind Chapel in Richmond yesterday afternoon to farewell Harold Ritchie, 90, were left shocked and stunned. Ritchie died on Friday.

He said the incident, which happened when the minister invited people to come up and say a few words, "blighted" an otherwise pleasant service.

"We thought it was all over, next thing this young fella comes down the centre aisle and shook hands with the people on the left and right of the aisle, the family. Then without saying a word he went up to the coffin and he started speaking in tongues - the whole gamut.

"Then he went on his knees and started praying and laying his hands on the casket."

Weaver said his son-in-law, who was a long-established pastor, was leading the service. "He looked at me and I looked at him and thought 'oh goodness where are we going to go from here?' Rather than cause a scene we just let the guy go on then cornered him after.

"Several of us gave him a real roasting," he said.

Weaver said family and friends wanted to ensure no-one else had to go through what happened that day.

"We don't want a witchhunt or anything like that, we just want to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else," he said.

Weaver said the man, aged in his 20 and dressed in a suit, explained that God had told him to do it.

This morning, the man's pastor rang to apologise for his behaviour, Weaver said.

John Rhind Funeral general manager Tony Gearing said he was aware of incidents where people who did not know the deceased or the family attended a funeral for the refreshments, but nothing like this.

"It's the first time I've ever heard of it," he said.

Gearing said it was not until after the man finished that it was found out that he did not know the family or the deceased.

"It's a totally inappropriate thing for someone to do. The concern is that he's going to crop up at other funerals."

Gearing said other funeral homes would be notified.


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Old 12-20-2012, 03:57 AM   #2
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I was hoping for a M Shamalamafam twist at the end, where the man gatecrashed his own funeral.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:58 AM   #3
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Well, it is called a wake, right?
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:01 AM   #4
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Soo like... Did he wake up?
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:03 AM   #5
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Well, it is called a wake, right?


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Old 12-20-2012, 04:17 AM   #6
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Huh, didn't know Zack De La Rocha been to New Zealand.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:38 AM   #9
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Hang on, this guy obviously has mental problems, yet all anyone in the report seems to be concerned about is that he's spoiled one funeral and may spoil more. How come nobody has mentioned getting this guy the mental help he obviously needs?
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Slacker, it's because Stuff.co.nz are a piss poor excuse for a news company. Over here in noo zeelund we see them as a joke.
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Hang on, this guy obviously has mental problems, yet all anyone in the report seems to be concerned about is that he's spoiled one funeral and may spoil more. How come nobody has mentioned getting this guy the mental help he obviously needs?


Or how about considering that god actually told him to do it? Is it really such a crazy idea, based on all of the stories in the bible?

Who's to say he's mental?
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Or how about considering that god actually told him to do it? Is it really such a crazy idea, based on all of the stories in the bible?

Who's to say he's mental?


Ok, so just to keep you happy, let's say that he might not have mental issues because a source for the voices he hears in his head really does exist. The problem is, if no one else can hear the voices the possibility of his having mental issues should still really be taken into account and people should be concerned for him rather than react like they've been insulted by him as the report says the people at the funeral did.
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Ok, so just to keep you happy, let's say that he might not have mental issues because a source for the voices he hears in his head really does exist. The problem is, if no one else can hear the voices the possibility of his having mental issues should still really be taken into account and people should be concerned for him rather than react like they've been insulted by him as the report says the people at the funeral did.

Well how do you know he's not mentally ill AND completely coincidentally hearing voices from God?
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Ok, so just to keep you happy, let's say that he might not have mental issues because a source for the voices he hears in his head really does exist. The problem is, if no one else can hear the voices the possibility of his having mental issues should still really be taken into account and people should be concerned for him rather than react like they've been insulted by him as the report says the people at the funeral did.


I was just stating no one ever considers it to be an option

Occam's razor, i suppose
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Well how do you know he's not mentally ill AND completely coincidentally hearing voices from God?


How do you know you're even writing stuff and posting it on the internet? For all you know, it could all be a hallucination and all the UG members could be figments of your imagination.

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I was just stating no one ever considers it to be an option

Oh it's certainly an option, it's just not generally considered as a likelyhood.
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That would have to be a very disturbed mind.
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He was probably a college kid doing a prank.
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