This is a very nice way of making the growing suicide epidemic infiltrating the world hopefully slow down. In a strange response to South Korea’s growing suicide epidemic, bizarre ‘death experience’ schools are being set up to teach depressed pupils to appreciate life again, by showing them what it is like to be dead. They are made to sign fake wills and are locked inside coffins where they are given mock funeral services.
Sitting between rows of coffins, with pens and paper littering small desks, the students listen as the head of the centre, former funeral company employee Jeong Yong-mun, explains that the problems we face in life are a part of life. They are told they must accept them and try to find joy in their hardships.
Among the students are teenagers who cannot cope with exam pressure in school, parents who find themselves useless after their children have left home, and the elderly terrified of being a financially burdened on their young families.