South Koreans Attend Their Own Fake Funeral
Some South Korean companies offer “death experiences” where you lay in a coffin, write out your will, and imagine what it’s like to die.
The fake funeral experience is designed to curb high suicide rates.
Before they climb into their coffins, they often watch videos of people facing adversity, such as a person born without limbs who has learned to swim or a cancer patient saying farewell to his family. Then, they write their own wills and stay inside a coffin for 10 minutes.
After the coffin experience, some participants realize they’ve made mistakes and should try to live a new lifestyle. Korea’s suicide rate, which is the highest in the world, has been linked to the competitive, high-pressure nature of school and work culture in the country.