Mourners at the funeral in the Andalusian city of Ronda left the cemetery with more than just a tear in their eye when the ladder being used to put the coffin in the upper tier of niches collapsed.
The casket, which was already at around two metres above ground level, fell on top of the mourners along with the metal ladder.
Six people were taken to hospital with slight injuries.
Funeral proceedings were completed nonetheless, although the coffin was badly damaged in the accident, Yahoo! News Spain reported on Wednesday.