Maybe if you experience death now, you won’t fear it later. So say the developers of the Samadhi Death Simulator based in Shanghai, China. The idea is to allow individuals to go through the process of death, cremation, and resuscitation.
Humans seem to have an inherent fear of death. Death, the destroyer of pleasures, is feared for its very definition: it marks the end of life as we know it, the end of enjoyment. But, maybe, if we grasp what it is, we might not be overwhelmed when it does happen?
The developers of the Death Simulator, Huange Weiping and Ding Rui, are survivors of the 2008 earthquake that had shaken Sichuan province of China. They came out of this event with a different perspective of life, given that it had claimed thousands of lives.
According to Rui, we fear it because we do not understand it enough. Now, they allow people to experience death for just $68.
The ‘service’ they offer entails lying down in a coffin in a ‘mortuary’, and then being placed in a ‘furnace’ heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This hot air is expected to enhance the experience. Following cremation, the individuals are to crawl through a white tunnel, an action that represents rebirth.