Jung runs a seminar called the Coffin Academy, where, for $25 each, South Koreans can get a glimpse into the abyss. Over four hours, groups of a dozen or more tearfully write their letters of goodbye and tombstone epitaphs. Finally, they attend their own funerals and try the coffin on for size.The idea is that this is going to be motivating for you to leave the seminar and live life to its fullest. One company is even paying for its employees to attend this seminar.
Some suggest that the mock funerals are a how-to manual in a nation where, experts say, ruthless competition and financial stress lead many to kill themselves.
As I look outside my home office window, I see a gorgeous read sky of a new dawn. That's enough for me.