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funeral choices (2021)








This is an infographic work of research on funeral methods around the world.


"Death" will surely come to each of us one day, but we do not often have the opportunity to think about it in our daily lives. In my own experience, I was surprised and puzzled to see that Buddhism, which is not usually closely connected to our family lives, suddenly appeared when a relative died, and that things proceeded according to a predetermined flow in a matter of seconds. Is it really possible to say goodbye from our heart to our loved ones by just letting ourselves go along with what we are told without thinking about it?

Furthermore, cremation is the most common and almost the only funeral method in Japan today. In the past, burial in a tub was common, but cremation spread throughout Japan since the modern era as a rational funeral method because it required less land and was more hygienic. In a crematorium, a corpse is quickly reduced to ashes, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. When you become a corpse, is being burned in a karmic fire in a crematorium the only option?

Funeral service is a ritual and culture that people have cultivated over a long period of time, and it is by no means a simple matter to talk about. However I believe that thinking about "how to face death" may also lead to thinking about "how to live," and I created this work to be the cue of a relative perspective on the current situation.

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