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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:29 am 
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...or not.

Outside-of-the-box thinking.

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Dying for a better life: South Koreans fake their funerals for life lessons

Daewoung Kim, Youngseo Choi
NOVEMBER 5, 2019
SEOUL (Reuters) -

A South Korean service is offering free funerals - but only to the living.

More than 25,000 people have participated in mass “living funeral” services at Hyowon Healing Center since it opened in 2012, hoping to improve their lives by simulating their deaths.

“Once you become conscious of death, and experience it, you undertake a new approach to life,” said 75-year-old Cho Jae-hee, who participated in a recent living funeral as part of a “dying well” program offered by her senior welfare center.

Dozens took part in the event, from teenagers to retirees, donning shrouds, taking funeral portraits, penning their last testaments, and lying in a closed coffin for around 10 minutes.

University student Choi Jin-kyu said his time in the coffin helped him realize that too often, he viewed others as competitors.

“When I was in the coffin, I wondered what use that is,” said the 28-year-old, adding that he plans to start his own business after graduation rather than attempting to enter a highly-competitive job market...


In 2016, South Korea’s suicide rate was 20.2 per 100,000 residents, almost double the global average of 10.53, according to the World Health Organization.

Funeral company Hyowon began offering the living funerals to help people appreciate their lives, and seek forgiveness and reconciliation with family and friends, said Jeong Yong-mun, who heads the healing center.

Jeong said he is heartened when people reconcile at a relative’s funeral, but is saddened they wait that long.

“We don’t have forever,” he said. “That’s why I think this experience is so important - we can apologize and reconcile sooner and live the rest of our lives happily.”

Occasionally he has dissuaded those contemplating suicide...


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sout ... SKBN1XG038


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:17 am 
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Tom Sawyer sure appreciated his own funeral. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:37 am 
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Looks like a S. Korean funeral home found a new way
to scam folks out of their hard earned money.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:41 am 
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gasbag wrote:
Looks like a S. Korean funeral home found a new way
to scam folks out of their hard earned money.


A South Korean service is offering free funerals -

Reading for comprehension is fast becoming a lost art...

:wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:01 am 
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Far different from the one funeral I witnessed while in Korea. The "coffin" was a mattress cover, and the "mourners" seemed to be feeling no pain!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:40 pm 
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No matter what part of the world, P. T. Barnum was right.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:32 am 
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Bull Barrel wrote:
No matter what part of the world, P. T. Barnum was right.



I'm not exactly sure how you're able to apply this aphorism to the "free" services (now mentioned 3 times).

And for someone to attempt to address the high rate of suicide in that economically-advanced country through this unorthodox method seems admirable.

Monty


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:27 am 
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It is admirable, and definitely outside the box thinking! I hope it works!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:42 am 
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Heck, I'd sort of like to be there just to hear what everyone had to say about me.
Can you imagine the shock if a corpse just sat up in the casket and said "Why you lying SOB I never did that".

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:49 am 
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It seems a bit odd to me, but anything to help people see that their life has value, would be a good thing. Suicide rates are climbing, and young people often choose it for temporary problems.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:05 am 
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gramps wrote:
It is admirable, and definitely outside the box thinking! I hope it works!
gramps


Ditto gramps. If it's free anyways, no loss if it doesn't.

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