A now viral video detailing a grandmother’s funeral rules has sent the internet into hysterics.
The video, posted to TikTok by Grandma Droniak on Thursday, has been viewed more than 11 million times and has prompted thousands of viewers to ask the question, “Who is Bertha?” It also proves that older people are more knowledgeable about social media than many may think.
In the video, Droniak—who news week identified as 92-year-old Lillian Droniak – stands in front of a list she created in her phone’s notes app titled “rules at my funeral.”
“These are my rules at my funeral,” Droniak said. “Listen up.”
According to the list, Droniak asks her guests to cry, “but not too much”.
“Don’t let yourself go crazy,” she said.
She also demands that her guests get drunk at the funeral reception.
“Take a chance for me,” she encouraged.
Commentators loved both lines; however, they were widely hung up on Droniak’s second line, which read, “Bertha is not invited.”
“Don’t let her in,” Droniak added.
Viewers were only too eager to learn more about Bertha — who she is and why she’s being preemptively barred from Droniak’s funeral.
“What has Bertha done?” asked Kelli, a popular TikTok dancer and choreographer.
“WE NEED STORY TIME ON BERTHA PLEASE!!!” exclaimed Andrea. “WHO IS SHE AND WHY WAS SHE NOT INVITED!?”
“Is Bertha the new version of Karen?” asked Cherry. “Story time please.”
Since joining TikTok in 2019, Droniak has amassed a devoted following of over 3.8 million users. Of course, she’s not the first senior to experience success with the video sharing app.
Kenny Jary, an 80-year veteran of the US Navy, has earned about 1.7 million followers during his time on TikTok. He even recently made headlines for posting a hilarious video of him and a friend trying to use an Amazon Alexa for the first time.
Last year, a 73-year-old comedian named SJ Mendelson went viral for posting a video detailing the different reasons she loves being old. She has also amassed an online following of approximately 300,000 people, whom she affectionately refers to as “The B**ch Squad.”
But even if seniors don’t post often, it doesn’t mean they aren’t swiping through social feeds.
According to the Pew Research Center, 75 percent of U.S. adults over age 65 use the Internet, and about 34 percent of seniors report using social media.
“Once online, most seniors make the Internet a standard part of their daily routine,” said the Pew Research Center, adding that about 51 percent of seniors go online “several times a day.”
The Center said social media has become more appealing to seniors in recent years because it allows them to connect with people from their past and connect with distant relatives.
Despite knowing nothing about Bertha, many of Droniak’s viewers assured her that they wouldn’t let Bertha ruin her funeral.
“If Bertha shows up, there will be two funerals,” Ben wrote.
‘I’ll tackle Bertha standing behind me?’ asked Ciara.
Another TikToker added: “I’ll make sure Bertha doesn’t get in.”