Who Says Death Has to Be Depressing? Funeral Home Depicts Passing as One Big Party

Portuguese Ad Agency Bar Puts Positive Spin on Category

Published on Mar 12, 2014

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Thoughts of death can be, well, morbid, which is probably why funeral homes seem loath to advertise on television. Lisbon-based ad agency BAR, however, tackles the topic in a way that might keep viewers from touching that dial.

The online ad, for Funeraria Funalcoitao, a Portuguese funerary service provider, approaches the subject in a celebratory way, reminding those watching that a burial is a tribute. Funeral-goers carry a pleased-looking corpse in an acrobatic and confetti-filled procession, giving a decidedly light air to the typically grim topic. "You can't refuse anything to a dead man," the voiceover says, backed by a triangle dinging gleefully on a whimsical track.

The ad debuted online last month and as web popularity grew, so did the media attention -- the clip has since aired in national news segments in Portugal.

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Feb 12, 2014
BAR Lisbon
Creative Director:
Diogo Anahory

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