First global competition to re-imagine "death care"
Imagine capturing a loved one's scent for eternity or being buried in a "mushroom" suit which will have the fungi breaking the body down in an environmentally-friendly manner. These are some of the entries to the world's first competition held to re-imagine death care for the future.
The event was organised by two homegrown foundations, the Lien and ACM Foundation, in partnership with the world's largest funeral service association, the National Funeral Directors Association.
Participants from all over the world came up with ideas on how to transform "death care" practices. This included green solutions like the mushroom suit as well as innovative ways to remember the dead. The jury panel included renowned architect Richard Meier, artist Ray Caesar and death care experts from the United States and Singapore.
Results of the competition were announced on Wednesday with the winning teams coming from France, US, Lithuania and Greece. Out of over 700 entries, 180 were shortlisted for judging, including two from Singapore. Singapore's oldest funeral company, Ang Chin Moh Casket, also took the opportunity to announce that it will be setting up a philanthrophic arm- ACM Foundation. The non-profit organisation aims to enhance the perception of death and bereavement among the public, uplift the profession and promote philanthropy in death care.