updated 03/07/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/08/2014 AT 10:20 AM ET
It was a week of shocking and sad happenings – from a seemingly dead man’s resurrection at a funeral home to a distressed mother driving her car into the ocean with her children inside.
But those moments were offset by the happiness shared as a sweet star couple made their love affair official with an engagement.
Here are the five stories that got the strongest reactions from PEOPLE.com readers this week. Check them out and then be sure to weigh in and let us know what you think by clicking on the icons at the bottom of every story.
Talk about a wake-up call! His family touted it as nothing less than a miracle when Walter Williams, 78, of Lexington, Miss., shocked funeral home employees by waking up inside a body bag after he’d been declared dead hours earlier and was set to be embalmed.
Readers were outraged – and the Twitterverse inflamed – over the story of a New Jersey teen, Rachel Canning, who sued her parents for support and private high school tuition after the honors student and cheerleader left home and later claimed she had been emotionally abused. A judge rejected her initial request but her case continues in April.
A heartbreaking story unfolded in Florida after a 32-year-old pregnant mother, reportedly fleeing domestic abuse, drove her vehicle into the ocean – with her three children inside it. The emergency sparked a frantic beach rescue by bystanders and lifeguards.
Readers enjoyed a good Oscar week laugh with a time-warp gallery of stars Photoshopped alongside their younger selves, allowing the past to come alive for Oscar winners including Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep.
Check back again next week for another must-read roundup. Until then, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.