Death is inevitable.
However, it doesn't mean one cannot have the last laugh — with a little bit of planning — from beyond the grave.
And that's exactly what 62-year-old Shay Bradley accomplished earlier this month.
Shay, an Irish from Kilnamanagh in the south of Dublin, Ireland, who died a couple of weeks back after a long illness, made sure his family members left his funeral laughing.
A lifelong prankster, Shay pulled his last prank at his funeral
The former Irish defence forces veteran planned the stunt around a year ago over lunch and recorded a message on a phone with the help of his son.
As his dying wish, Shay wanted the message to be played during his funeral. In the voice message that was played as his coffin was lowered into the ground, he pretends to be trapped inside it and is heard knocking frantically, trying to get out.
Hello? Hello. Hello? Let me out!
"Where the f*ck am I? … Let me out, it's f*cking dark in here. …
"Is that the priest I can hear? …
"This is Shay, I'm in the box. No, in f*cking front of you. I'm dead," Shay's pre-recorded message plays as it sends the mourners into fits of laughter.
As people gathered there continues laughing while, Shay goes on to sing: "Hello again, hello. I called to say goodbye"
Watch the video here:
According to his daughter, Shay wanted to make sure his wife would be laughing while leaving the cemetery
"He wanted to make sure my mam would be laughing leaving the cemetery, not crying," Andrea Bradley was quoted as saying by HuffPost.
She said that her parents were childhood sweethearts and were married for 43 years.
"And he done just that," she said, adding that her father's recording was a way of "saying not only goodbye but to also say, 'OK, the sadness is over now — here is a laugh so you can go and celebrate my life with a smile on your face.'"
"This prank was one in a million, just like my dad," the Irish man's daughter said.