Which Brand Will You Wear for Your Funeral?

September 13, 2011
Advertisement

For the fashion conscious, even death is a sartorial celebration. A project in Singapore now offers individuals an opportunity to showcase the clothes they wish to wear for their own funeral!

A wetsuit, a mermaid costume, clown attire, a T-shirt of the Liverpool Football club and an imperial Chinese robe are among a range of outfits chosen by some of the 23 people participating in “The Last Outfit”,a photo project in the island city-state.

“Dressing is a way of life and even at death, our clothes can be a statement of who we are,” says Lee Poh Wah, CEO, Lien Foundation, a philanthropic house which has partnered with Singapore daily “The Straits Times” for the initiative.

Advertisement

The project, an extension of the “Life Before Death” initiative of the same foundation seeks to remove the taboo of death and enthuse people to view life and death differently.

“Each exit outfit is one that best expresses the subject’s unique life. Their outfits and candid attitude have given us a fresh and fun perspective on how to deal with death. If there’s something like funeral fashion, they are setting a trendby wearing their souls on their sleeves,” says Poh Wah.

Eight photographers of the newspaper captured the passion behind each subject’s reflection on his or her own mortality.

“We are glad that our subjects were willing to put aside their superstitions and participate in this project. It wasn’t easy toconvince people to talk about death, much less photograph them in their last outfit,” says chief photographer Wang Hui Fen.

“We hope that through this project, the stigma of death will be reduced. Peopleneed to understand that talking about death is not going to kill you,” he says.

For 46 year-old cancer patient Madam Foo Piao Lin, one of the subjects of the project the final curtain call came early. The Last Outfit project fulfilled her last wish by outfitting her in a chenogsam that she had always wanted to wear.

Rather than leave it to chance or for others to decide, Madam Foo took responsibility for her final affairs before passing away on August 1, 2011.

“There can be brilliance in the shadows of death. Her family was fortunate to be part of her good-bye plans,” says Lee. Other subjects in the project shared Madam Foo’s plucky attitude. They not only donned their last outfits with bravura, they saw it as a fitting way to proclaim a last hurrah to mark their final epic.

“These are the most elaborate costumes we have for our performances. When we die, we want to be remembered as performers,” says part-time Chinese opera singers, Koh Goh Eng and his wife, Lam Chin Shin.

First conceived as a local campaign in Singapore in 2006, “Life Before Death” has evolved as an ongoing social experiment that harnesses unconventional online and offline initiatives to break the taboo of death and to foster ‘die-logues’ or conversations on end-of-life matters, according to a statement released on Asianet.

The initiative works with diverse partners to reach a wider global audience through social media, films, photography, cartoons and art, enthusing the public to view life and death differently.

A recent project, “Happy Coffins”, allowed people to personalise coffins for themselves or a loved one, and by so doing, overcome the stigma of death.

An international feature documentary film that examines the global crisis of untreated pain will is set to be released by the end of2011.

The film shot in 11 countries profiles palliative care professionals at the frontline as they seek to improve care for the dying. It uncovers the diverse cultural perspectives on pain, death and dying.

Source

CDFuneralNews

CDFuneralNews

ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com we have created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
CDFuneralNews
Advertisement

You may be interested

BEAN TOWN BREAK DOWN | FUNERAL hustle 015
FUNERAL Hustle
174 views
FUNERAL Hustle
174 views

BEAN TOWN BREAK DOWN | FUNERAL hustle 015

CDFuneralNews - November 14, 2017

Ryan is exposed EXPOSED as a terrible (.....) in FUNERAL hustle 015! Part 2 of our Boston NFDA recap we…

NFDA Goes Big In Boston
Funeral Industry Press Releases
128 views
Funeral Industry Press Releases
128 views

NFDA Goes Big In Boston

CDFuneralNews - November 14, 2017

Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) 2017 International Convention & Expo, held October 29 through November 1…

2017 REFLECTION OF NFDA BOSTON AND A TRIBUTE TO THE VETERANS | FUNERAL nation 094
FUNERAL Nation
242 views
FUNERAL Nation
242 views

2017 REFLECTION OF NFDA BOSTON AND A TRIBUTE TO THE VETERANS | FUNERAL nation 094

CDFuneralNews - November 13, 2017

On this episode, we send a big "thank you" to our very own Funeral Commander, Jeff Harbeson in honor of…

Comments