It felt like Keiran Cable had died as his friends hardly ever saw him. Thus, they decided to pull a little prank to get his attention.
There's something about being in love that makes you want to spend every waking minute with your partner. Going on dates, talking on video calls, and chatting over text is mostly all you do when the new relationship begins. At least that's what Keiran Cable had been doing since having a new girlfriend. But Cable's absence was felt deeply by his friends who hadn't seen him for a long time as he had stopped attending night outs with them. It was almost as if, he was no longer in this world and so they decided to host a "funeral" for him.
Now it wasn't a namesake funeral but his friends actually went all out by arranging for a coffin, a funeral car, and even had one of the boys dress up as a vicar. They even invited Cable to the mourning ceremony, who unwittingly arrived there thinking he was going on to the pub with his friend to watch the Rugby World Cup. "It was so hard to keep it a secret," shared Cable's friend Ben Sullivan according to Wales Online. Explaining what nudged them to conduct a full-blown funeral for their living friend, Sullivan continued, "Keiran had been in a relationship for a few months and it felt like he had died because none of us had seen him since then and he wasn’t replying to any of our group texts or mails."
Then one day while spending time at a pub, they joked about saying RIP Keiran. This inside joke ultimately became the driving force of the prank. "We decided if he wasn’t going to come out with us and was going to pretend he was dead then we’d organize a funeral for him," continued Sullivan. When Cable walked into the pub and realized what was happening, he had a good laugh about it. "As soon as I walked into the pub I was met by about 50 boys all suited up and cheering," recalled Cable, who took the funeral in good spirit. "I was in complete shock and didn’t know what to do or say. My cheeks were aching from smiling so much. The boys made a massive effort and it was definitely a day to remember."
The Rhondda football boys group left their friend surprised by hosting a funeral that met every traditional requirement, including singing football hymns, handing out orders of service leaflets, a coffin, and a vicar. "He had no idea what was going on," quipped Sullivan. Thankfully, one of the boys in the group was a carpenter so the cost of making the coffin was already taken care of. Another, Daniel Bundock, served as the "vicar" and gave a moving speech that included a verse from the Old Testament. Yet another friend wrote a song to celebrate Keiran’s memory, to the tune of the Kaiser Chiefs song Ruby.
For the ceremony, they drove the coffin in the funeral car from pub to pub followed by a huge procession that caused the roads to be shut that day. They even printed out 50 service leaflets that read, "Thoughts are with friends of Keiran at this dark time. However, they shouldn’t grieve for him but wish him luck as he continues on in his next life. Keiran has had a tough 18 months trying to keep his friendship with his friends alive but sadly the wait is now over and has floated up to the gates of heaven. What hurts the most is that we were starved of precious time to say our last goodbyes after his relationship status was changed from 'Single' to 'in a Relationship.'" It concluded, "It is now time for us to finally say our last goodbyes by raising a glass for our friend Keiran." It was indeed a ceremony that Cable will remember forever.
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