Shannen Doherty Discusses Funeral Plans Amid Cancer Battle: ‘Don’t Want People To Be Crying’

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Actress Shannen Doherty revealed some thoughts she’s been having about her funeral as she continues battling cancer.

The 52-year-old previously disclosed that her breast cancer had metastasized to her brain and bones, which has led to her thinking about what her final goodbye should look like. 

“This is such a morbid conversation, but it’s also so fun,” Doherty said on an episode of the “Let’s Be Clear” podcast. “I want [my remains] to be mixed with my dog and I want it to be mixed with my dad. I do not want to be buried and not cremated.”

As for her funeral, the actress said she would prefer to keep the guest list short, per People. “I was pleasantly surprised at my dad’s [funeral] of who showed up. But it made me start thinking about who would show up to mine,” she began.

“There’s a lot of people that I think would show up that I don’t want there,” the former “Beverly Hills 90210” star said. “I don’t want them there because their reasons for showing up aren’t necessarily the best reasons, like, they don’t really like me and, you know, they have their reasons and good for them, but they don’t actually really like me enough to show up to my funeral.”


Doherty continued, “But they will, because it’s the politically correct thing to do and they don’t want to look bad, so I kinda want to take the pressure off them and I want my funeral to be like a love fest. I don’t want people to be crying or people to privately be like, ‘Thank God that b**** is dead now.'” 

The actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She went into remission in 2017, but the cancer returned in 2019. Doherty announced she had metastatic stage 4 cancer in 2020.

While her recent remarks about funeral planning were more lighthearted, the “Charmed” star spoke late last year about not being ready to die yet.

“I don’t want to die,” she said. “I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving. I’m not done with creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not — I’m not done.”

“When you ask yourself, ‘Why me? Why did I get cancer?’ and then, ‘Why did my cancer come back? Why am I stage 4?,’ that leads you to look for the bigger purpose in life,” she added. “It’s insane to me [that] we still don’t have a cure.”

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