Death is inevitable, but what if you are provided with a chance of experiencing death while you are still alive. Yah! A South Korean service is offering free funerals – but only for those still breath.
More than 25,000 people have participated in mass “living funeral” services organised at Hyowon Healing Center of Seoul since 2012, hoping to improve their lives by simulating their deaths.
Funeral company Hyowon began offering the living funerals to help people appreciate their lives, and seek forgiveness and reconciliation with family and friends.
“Once you become conscious of death, and experience it, you undertake a new approach to life,” says 75-year-old Cho Jae-hee, a participant of the fake funerals.
People irrespective of their age from teenagers to retirees, by donning shrouds-taking funeral portraits-penning their last testaments, lay in a closed coffin for around 10 minutes and fake their funeral.
“It is important to learn and prepare for death even at a young age,” said Professor Yu Eun-sil, a doctor at Asan Medical Center’s pathology department, who has written a book about death.
“We don’t have forever,” says the owner. “That’s why I think this experience of death is so important.”
He also adds that “I want to let people know that they matter, and that someone else would be so sad if they were gone”. Wiping away tears he said, “Happiness is in the present.”