Happy Dying 

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Speaking of Asia being oh-so-very-different from America, a somewhat strange new program is gaining popularity in South Korea: role-playing one’s own funeral.

For years now, South Korea has had the second-highest rate of suicide in the world. Public and private programs have been developed to address the problem, and one getting notice lately is called “Happy Dying.” The program, led by Mr. Kim Ki-ho brings participants together to reflect on their lives by experiencing their own fake funeral. They write their own eulogies, make out mock wills, and pen farewell notes. Then, they dress in traditional burial linens, climb into coffins in a darkened room, and meditate on their lives for 30 minutes.

While the pictures of this are quite interesting to see, I’d love to read more about the whole program.


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