The Rise, Fraud, and Fall of the Death-Care Industry: Topics and Concerns by Investigative Journalists



Prior to the 1980s, funeral rites in Korea generally took place at home, and funerals away from the deceased’s home were considered negative and thus avoided. However, since the 1980s, funeral rites have often taken place in funeral halls or the halls adjacent to hospital mortuaries (Kim 2012b: 217). Just as Aries (1981: 544, cited in Wernick 1995: 281) noted that ‘no one has time for the dead’, contemporary Koreans, who suffer from a shortage of spare time, if any, wish to minimise time spent on arrangements regarding the deceased.


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