Sandie Wood passed away, and her friend Sam Ryalls organized a unique funeral for her. A flash mob of dancers, the Flaming Feathers, performed to Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust"
When it comes to funerals, most of us think of solemn ceremonies that are meant to honor the deceased but this video which is going viral all over the internet will blow your mind. A woman who had recently passed away elicited laughter and joy at her own funeral by hiring a flash mob to dance to Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust." A video of the dance is quickly gaining popularity with people paying their respects to her unique sense of humor. Sam Ryalls, a 43-year-old friend who was instrumental in setting up the humorous display at Wood's funeral, told the BBC that “She wanted everyone to remember her funeral but not for a sad reason. Everyone is sad and grieving because she is not here anymore but that doesn’t mean her final day had to be that way.”
South West News Service reported that Wood had been a bodybuilder and barmaid and had been one of the many people infected with hepatitis C in 1977 due to a contaminated blood scandal. Sandie Wood intended to make her death a memorable event, and with the help of Ryalls, recruited the Bristol-based dance collective, the Flaming Feathers, to perform a flash mob at her own funeral on the fourth of November last year. “Her best friend Sam booked us, but this was about six months before she passed — so Sandie basically planned her own funeral,” said Claire Phipps, 36, manager of the 10-person groove troupe. “It was definitely not your normal gig.”
They also stated that ten other groups had declined the offer before the Flaming Feathers accepted it.
A woman who passed away arranged a flash mob at her own funeral, with a dance to Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust'. Sandie Wood, 65, was one of the victim's of the 1980s infected blood scandal and died from tongue cancer.#bristol #uk #londonhttps://t.co/odUtnyzlTY pic.twitter.com/O7uGobVRgT— Times of Bristol (@timesofbristol) January 12, 2023
The Flaming Feathers cabaret troupe had an extraordinary performance at a funeral. The dancers masqueraded as mourners and blended in with the somber crowd. Suddenly, a Queen classic began to blare, and the group proceeded to the front of the room, whipping off their funeral attire and starting to dance. At first, the crowd looked on in shock, with one man refusing to look at the performance. However, the attendees eventually warmed up to the idea, and even one of the mourners joined in.
“It was very odd to first pretend to be there for the funeral, and then to see family and friends crying and upset” the boogie boss described. “To then have to get up and rock out to Queen felt very weird — but it did go really well.” Phipps said, “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.” If that wasn’t crazy enough, the locomotive mourners reportedly concluded the showcase by doing a conga line while departing the crematorium, per Wood’s request.
At the bizarre farewell of a recently deceased woman, a horse-drawn hearse and a specially crafted coffin lined with her favorite sparkly shoes and emblazoned with the words “going out in style" were among the stunts, according to the Daily Mail. The deceased woman's friend, Phipps, reported that when the coffin arrived, she was intentionally late since she was always late in life and wanted to be late for her funeral as well. Despite the unusual nature of the event, the dance master reported that the flash mob was “a really positive experience” that was reflective of the woman’s “rebel” personality.
Ryalls agreed that throwing a loud and wild party was the perfect way to honor her best friend, who she described as "very loud" and "very out there". She noted that her friend was always the center of attention and the life of the party. Ryalls said that her friend was "one of a kind" and that throwing a loud and wild party was the perfect way to remember her for being true to herself.