Asian Funeral & Cemetery Industry Expo

The 2011 Asian Funeral & Cemetery Industry Exposition is currently held in Hong Kong with over 100 of exhibitors from 13 countries. Some “interesting” stuff here…

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. Ironically it’s a popular gift (in the old days) for Chinese elders in believe that it brings health and longevity…
Chinese age shroud at Asian Funeral Expo

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

Image via Sohu [Cn].

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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Comments

  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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