At the present time in Venezuela a practice commonly occurs at funerals celebrated at funeral chapels or in family houses that certainly can be said to have already become part of the funeral ritual: Those attending the funeral tell jokes. Although it seems a contradiction because a funeral is a serious event where people have lost a loved one, the jokes have come to acquire a symbolic range within that ritual. This paper aims to explain precisely, from an anthroposemiotic perspective, the presence of jokes at funerals as a mask for the human being before the phenomenon of death. The theoretical and methodological contributions of Van Gennep (2008), Peirce (1987), Auge (2000), Turner (1988), and Freud (2005) are used, as well as the technique of participant observation from the ethnographic method (Mauss 1947; Guber 2006; Kottak 2007), based on an introspective-experiential epistemological approach (Padrón Guillen 2001, 2003). In conclusion, it can be said that jokes told in these non places can be translated as a mask, which has become another symbol of the funeral ritual, the unconscious intentionality of which reveals the fear of humankind before a natural and inevitable phenomenon that is a reminder of the finiteness of human beings and expresses the desire to break the direct death / pain / depression relation.