A South Korean TV show reunited a weeping mother with her dead seven-year-old daughter through virtual reality (VR) so she could deal with the pain.
Meeting You utilizes virtual reality technology to simulate the appearance of dead relatives for people who are struggling with the loss of their loved ones.
The participant is given touch-sensitive gloves and a VR headset thanks to which they can see, feel and even hear the person they have lost.
In the newest episode, Jang Ji-sung can be seen reuniting with her daughter, Nayeon, in a relaxed magical world, where she is playing.
BREAKING NEWS: Korean TV show uses virtual reality to 'reunite' sorrow stricken mother with her seven-year-old daughter who died in 2016. The mother put on a VR headset and was transported to a garden. She was met there by her dead daughter who she could touch and talk to. pic.twitter.com/Kso8Pqbd2l
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Nayeon passed away in 2016 following a rare illness.
Recreating via a computer the way Nayeon acts looks and talks, Jang is seen in tears as she’s asked if she ever thinks about her little girl, to which she responded: ‘All the time.’
Nayeon then says: ‘I missed mom a lot,’ and the pair hold hands and play together.
She then gives her mum a flower and says:
‘Mommy, you can see that I’m not hurting anymore, right?’
Like something out of black mirror…
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At the end of the surreal meeting, Nayeon drifts off into sleep and allows her dear mother to say farewell.
The touching encounter was filmed while the mother’s husband and two children watch on with tears in their eyes.
Later, Jang described her experience in her blog:
‘Three years later, I now think I should love her more than miss her and feel sick so that I can be confident when I meet her later.
‘I hope many people will remember Nayeon after watching the show.’
She continued saying that she hoped her experience will help other families dealing with the death of a loved one cope with their loss.
The show is part of the program of the Minhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), South Korea’s most prominent network.
You can see the video by following the Youtube link (a full English translation is provided below the video).
Mom: Where are you?
Daughter: Mom! Mom! Mom, where were you?
Mom: I was always..
Daughter: Mom, did you think about me?
Daughter: Mom, I missed you alot.
Mom: I missed you too. My dear Nayeon, Nayeon. You have been doing well right? I missed you alot. Nayeon, you are doing well right? My beautiful Nayeon, I really want to hug you in my arms, I really missed you.
Daughter: Mom, am I pretty? I am right?
Mom: You are really really beautiful, my Nayeon. Nayeon… I just want to be able to touch you once more…
Mom: I’d look at the sky and talk and wave to it. If you see a crazy woman waving at the sky, thats me.
Daughter: Mom I’m cold.
Mom: Why are you cold.
Daughter: Mom, put your hand like this.
Mom: Like this?
Daughter: Mom, its nice to hold my hand right?
Mom: Yes, I want to hold it dearly.
Daughter: But if you hold it up like this, we are going up into the sky.
Mom: Really? Aw Nayeon, you are wearing those flip-flops you really like.
Daughter: Mom, are you scared?
Mom: No I am not scared!
Daughter: Tada! I will show you a pretty house.
Mom: Its Twilight!
Daughter: My mom is visiting today! Say hi!
Daughter: Mom, sit here.
Mom: Alright alright, I’m sitting!
Daughter: Mom, lets celebrate my birthday!
Mom: Okay, one, two, three, four.
Daughter: Can you put in more candles?
Mom: Okay, six and seven.
Daughter: Wow its so pretty!
(Daughter takes a picture, Mom poses)
Sibling: Her face is a little different
Daughter: Lets sing happy birthday
Mom: Happy birthday to dear Nayeon, Happy birthday to you!
Dad: Rice cakes, small round ones, in green, pink, and white thats filled with melted sugar, Nayeon really wanted to eat them. She said when she’s out of the hospital, she wanted those rice cakes but we weren’t able to do that for her.
Mom: Happy birthday to you!
Daughter: I am gonna make a wish! I wish that my dad would stop smoking.
Mom: Haha yes.
Daughter: I wish my older brother and sister would not fight, and that my younger sister won’t get sick and I wish that my mom won’t cry.
Together: One, two, three, (blows out candles).
Daughter: I love the seaweed soup mom makes the best.
Mom: I remember, you liked that dish I made the best. Still do.
Daughter: Wow, mom the flowers are blooming!
Mom: they are!
Mom: She was just over there.
Daughter: Mom, come over here! Mom, here! (Gives flower) Mom you saw me right? I am not sick anymore.
Mom: Yes you cant be sick anymore, you cant be sick.
Daughter: Mom are you sad? Mom don’t cry anymore.
Mom: I wont cry, I wont cry, I wont miss you but I will love you, love you more and more.
Daughter: Mom, I wrote you a letter. Do you want me to read it?
Daughter: Mom, we are always together right? Next time we meet, lets play a lot okay? I will cherish and remember you for a long time too.
Mom: Thank you. I love you so much Nayeon, wherever you are, I will come find you, I have some things to do, when I am done, I will come to you. When that day comes, lets get along okay? I love you Nayeon.
Daughter: Mom I’m tired. Mom stay beside me. Goodbye mom… I love you mom…
Mom: Me too. Good bye~
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