The 75-year-old pensioner had “stopped breathing” and had “cold feet and hands” when he was believed dead by his son, Huang Mingquan, and around a dozen other relatives.
The resident of Junlian County, in south west China, was already extremely weak to begin with and his family apparently thought he had finally passed away.
So they were stunned when eight hours into the man’s funeral service, he opened the lid of the wooden coffin, sat up, and asked his children: “What’s happening? Are you preparing my funeral?”
He had seen the wreaths, ornaments, banners, as well as the gathering of relatives who had apparently all arrived to mourn his death – a process which would have continued for the next few days and carried on after his coffin had been put in the ground.