The Grandma Who Returned from the Dead and Prepared Lunch


No one expects to walk into the kitchen and discover their recently-deceased grandmother calmly cooking a meal. That Stephen King-worthy scenario happened to one Chinese family, after 95-year-old Li Xiufeng climbed out of her unsealed coffin six days after she’d been found “dead” in her bedroom.

After Xiufeng suffered what was thought to be a fatal head injury, plans were made for her funeral, including holding an in-home wake for friends and family. Her coffin had not yet been permanently closed, giving Xiufeng the opportunity to escape after waking from what a doctor described as an “artificial” death and what her family probably called “the reason we all just soiled ourselves.”

The day before the funeral, friends and relatives arrived at her house to find the coffin empty and the corpse gone. After searching for the missing body, the villagers were stunned to find Mrs. Xiufeng sitting on a stool in her kitchen, cooking.

She reportedly told villagers, “I slept for a long time. After waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat.”