In November this year, Brittany Johnson-Webster was reading the local newspaper when she noticed something odd.
There, in the middle of the obituaries, was her own name.
The Missouri woman soon realised she was reading her own obituary and that people thought she was dead.
The obituary read: “Brittany finished her story on October 27, 2018. She was called to meet all the loving animal babies on the other side of the rainbow”.
Brittany later discovered her own mother had told people she had died in a car crash and had held a memorial service for her at the Ferguson Heights Church of Christ on November 10.
The service, which was attended by members of the local community, consisted of a sermon, speeches and a repast. Placed around the church were huge, blown up photos of Brittany.
“They had pictures of me blown up into posters that said ‘Rest in peace Brittany’, and my aunt eventually had obtained one of the obituaries and sent pictures of it,” Brittany told TV station WTSP.
“I was kind of stunned. It was a whole rush of emotions.”
Brittany currently lives three hours away from where her mother held the funeral and she was raised by her grandparents.
Brittany also found out her mother, who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, had fundraised for the funeral and probably pocketed some of the money.
To make the situation even more heartbreaking and bizarre, Brittany had already lost her brother.
“My brother actually died and here my mum is faking my death. You know I was upset, I was angry, but more than anything, I was sad,” she told the TV station.
“I apologise for her actions. It’s messed up, but she ended up scamming you guys out of some money, you know just trying to make you feel bad.”
The day after she discovered the obituary, Brittany almost had a car crash. She said the experience was chilling.
“She claimed I died in a car accident and the next day someone had pulled out in front of me and I slammed on my brake and spun out three times, and all I could think was ‘I’m going to die, my mum’s speaking my death into existence’,” she said.
Brittany sent her mother a text message asking why she had faked her own death, but she didn’t receive a response.
“‘What’s wrong with you? You faked my death.’ But she hasn’t even looked at the message or anything,” she explained.