Beautiful Life: “Dying” to Live
A co-worker of mine told me about a program in South Korea that buries alive people who wish they were dead in an effort to give them the desire to live.
The Beautiful Life program is a radical approach to suicide. The founder, Kim Giho, said that, “only by dying can some people find their desire to live.”
Those enrolled in the program are made to write a suicide note, be dressed in traditional burial clothing, walk to the burial site where the appropriate prayers are given and then laying in coffin , the lid hammered down, for 20 minutes.
Kim Giho claims that the sense of being ‘buried alive’ can “reboot a suicidal mind”. This technique is helping many people in South Korea find new meaning to their life.
Obviously I find myself wondering if the Beautiful Life technique would work in Canada. I can’t imagine any government body ever agreeing to it so if it were to happen it would be done privately and probably being extremely scrutinized by the public and mental health professionals.
While I do not think this is a program I would have ever participated in I do know that when I was wanted to die, what I really wanted was to see if people cared about me. I often thought to myself or said to the odd few that I didn’t want to die, I just wanted to see who would miss me. I felt that no one cared and thought dying would show people that I was important to them and show me who thought of me as important. I would then come back to life and everything would be better. That’s not how death works though.
What do out think?
Posted on August 17, 2013, in Madness, Mental Health, Stigma/Discrimination and tagged Beautiful Life, buried alive, death, hope, life, renewed life, South Korea, suicide, treatment. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.