Coffin Therapy Will Let People Experimenting Death
Wondering how death feels like? This country has been practicing coffin therapy to make people know how it feels to face death. To face the fact that South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, the company Hyowon Healing Centre in Seoul serves coffin therapy in order to make people appreciate life. By then, this coffin therapy will play the role to reduce the country suicide rates.
South Korea has the highest suicide rate among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. For young people, especially, there’s pressure to ace schoolwork and exams to land a good job at a big company. The sad statistic that 40 people kill themselves every day is blamed on the country’s hyper-competitive society where young people are under constant pressure to succeed while the middle-aged and elderly complain about ever-growing financial burdens.
Coffin therapy by Hyowon Healing Centre is set up to teach depressed people to appreciate life again, by showing them what it’s like to be dead. Coffin therapy becomes popular among the teenagers who can’t cope with exam pressure in school, parents who find themselves useless after their children have left home, and the elderly terrified of being a financial burden on their young families. Jeong Yong-mun who runs the Hyowon Healing Centre says that coffin therapy designed to help people come to terms with their own problems, which must be accepted as part of life. There isn’t any additional mental health treatment during the coffin therapy, but participants told her they believe it could make them feel better.
Here is what they did during coffin therapy :
Participants will took a picture in the same style as photos found on the coffins of dead people.
Participants dress in a funeral costume, and listen to a speech about suicide and an emotional film.
Participants write their final letters to their loved ones and read them before the group.
Participants get into coffins as lights are lowered.
The coffins are closed, and it stays that way for at least 10 minutes.
When the coffins were reopened, the reactions varied. Some people cried from claustrophobia; others were asleep. Some seemed lighter and happier. Some took selfies. The head of the center tells them: ‘Now you know what death looks like. You are alive. Fight for Korea’.
For some people, coffin therapy is just another business designed to make money. However, it also works for those who believe in it.