Asia Funeral and Cemetery Expo & Conference 2011

The 2011 Asia Funeral and Cemetery Expo & Conference (AFE) is currently held in Hong Kong with the participation of over 100 of exhibitors from 13 countries. Some “interesting” stuff here, image via Sohu [Cn]…

Asian Funeral and Cemetery Industry Exposition in Hong Kong

Coffins designed by an Australian firm
Australian coffins at Asian Funeral Expo

Little coffin “souvenirs”
Coffin souvenirs at Asian Funeral Expo

“Gemstones” made from bone ashes, by a Korean company
Bone ash gemstones at Asian Funeral Expo

DNA necklace, made in Hong Kong
DNA necklace at Asian Funeral Expo

Free “sampling”
Chinese coffin at Asian Funeral Expo

“Age shroud” (寿衣, loose translation), worn by a deceased. It’s a popular gift in the old days for Chinese elders, supposed to bring health and longevity…
Chinese age shroud at Asian Funeral Expo

Another kind of cemetery stone
Motorcycle cemetery stone at Asian Funeral Expo

When I was in high school I had seriously thought of venturing into this business. Many Asians see this industry as a taboo, but I always felt that it’s an honourable job – to give the decease a proper departure, and to help out the family in grief. I wasn’t sure how to start a biz like that and got into university instead. The end.

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  1. This expo and your comment and dream as a kid reminds me of the Japanese movie – Departures. I don’t know if you watched it or not, but I highly suggest it. It quite connects to your story.

    p.s. those are pretty interesting coffins, I have to say.

  2. I would have loved to attend that expo. I’ve been mulling over being a mortician, but I don’t wanna go back to school…hehe. As for a coffin preference, I still like the old hexagonal-shaped casket (European style, I guess).

    • Yein Jee says:

      Haven’t gave my coffin much thought… most likely getting a cremation when the time comes, so the coffin doesn’t really matter :p

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