By Katie Nelson
Last month, 24 fake funerals were reportedly held in Wuhan for people who wanted to “better appreciate their lives,” according to the Telegraph.
“It was the first time we ever offered this kind of service,” said Zhang Bei, a “cemetery designer” at the Shimenfeng Celebrity Culture Park cemetery.
The trend began after a 22 year old student named Zeng Jia, studying to be an undertaker, decided to orchestrate her own faux funeral in an attempt to gain a new perspective on life.
“I feel so good after coming out of the coffin,” Zeng told the China Daily.
Zeng was inspired to stage her own wake after being deeply moved by the death of her grandfather.
“It struck me that people spend all that time and effort on someone when they are gone and they cannot appreciate it,” she said.
Stranger things have happened. Like this funeral parlor in Chongqing that offers spa treatments – including foot massages and a hair wash – to its recently deceased clients:
The “homage respecting the body” spa service includes a hair wash and a foot massage. The relatives of the diseased can take part in the washing ceremony as a way to pay their last respects in an innovative way, said a Xinhua report on Tuesday that spread on weibo.
The spa treatment is offered as an addition to cremation services and costs more than 1,000 yuan (HK$1,250). The funeral parlour conducts the washing ceremony about 10 times a month, said the Chongqing Funeral Management Centre’s deputy director Yang Yanmei.
But hey, we’re not here to judge.