Nokyoung Xayasane
February 01, 2013

101-Year-Old Chinese Woman Comes Back to Life at Her Funeral

Talk about turning over in your grave.

Mourners at a Chinese woman’s funeral got the shock of their lives when the 101-year-old Peng Xiuhua sat up in her coffin and asked why there were so many people in her house. If I’d been there, I probably would’ve shat myself. (Sorry for the mental picture, folks.)


Xiuhua, a widow living in Lianjiang City, China, had suffered a debilitating fall. She’d been bed-ridden and her two daughters, who are in their 70s, returned to their mom’s home to take care of her.

After nearly two weeks of caring for their mother, the daughters couldn’t find a heartbeat and her body had gone stiff. She was declared dead.

The two women gave their mother a bath and an undertaker dressed her for the funeral. Throughout this whole process, there wasn’t a single peep from Xiuhua. That is, until she was being placed in her coffin. Then she came back to life.

Xiuhua is strangely chill about the whole situation.

“I am a lucky woman,” she said. “Not only did I get to see how many people care for me, but I also woke up before they took me to the crematorium.”

What really happened is still a mystery. Did Xiuhua enter some centenarian sleep coma? Or did she miraculously rise from the dead? We’ll go with the former since the latter conclusion is too damn scary.