To combat a rising rate of suicide (roughly 40 people each day), South Korea now offers a “death experience” therapy treatment, and it sounds so, so heavy.
White-robed “students,” which includes teenagers, middle-aged adults, and senior citizens, endure an intricate simulation process of exiting this world. Assigned a small desk and coffin beside it, the students listen to a lecture by Jeong Yong-mun, a former funeral worker who’s now head of the Seoul Hyowon Healing Center.
Students have their open-casket portrait taken before writing a farewell letter to their loved ones, which they read aloud to the group. They then “die,” which means candles are lit while the students lie down in their coffins again so the “Korean Angel of Death” can come into the room to close their lids, one by one.
After 10 minutes of confined darkness, where they’re told to dwell on life’s offerings and death’s nothingness, the students supposedly return to the land of the living revitalized and ready to take back their existence. Jeong Yong-mun tells the class, “You have seen what death feels like, you are alive, and you must fight!”
[H/T Oddity Central]