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Memento mori: Dutch university digs grave for students to reflect on death04:21

Memento mori: Dutch university digs grave for students to reflect on death

Netherlands, Nijmegen
November 4, 2019 at 20:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Radboud University in the Dutch city of Nijmegen has dug a 'purification grave' for its students to help them reflect on the transience of life.

Footage filmed on Monday shows the grave in the garden behind the student church, equipped with a yoga pad and a blanket for comfortable meditation.

The project's initiator John Hacking, who works at the student chapel, explained that the creation would help the young generation appreciate the beauty of life and avoid focusing on consumerism. "The end of life, death, is a taboo, difficult for students... death is very difficult to talk about, especially when you are 18, 19, 20 years old."

According to the students themselves, the project is so popular they had to be wait-listed. "Me and my housemate were planning on going a week ago, a week and a half ago, and we found that there is a waiting list to actually get into the grave, so it's quite popular, so we didn't get the chance yet, but I plan to go sometime soon whenever I move up," said one of the students Sean McLaughlin.

Popularised by campus posters under the title "memento mori", Latin for "remember you will die", the grave experience can be booked for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to three hours.

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Radboud University in the Dutch city of Nijmegen has dug a 'purification grave' for its students to help them reflect on the transience of life.

Footage filmed on Monday shows the grave in the garden behind the student church, equipped with a yoga pad and a blanket for comfortable meditation.

The project's initiator John Hacking, who works at the student chapel, explained that the creation would help the young generation appreciate the beauty of life and avoid focusing on consumerism. "The end of life, death, is a taboo, difficult for students... death is very difficult to talk about, especially when you are 18, 19, 20 years old."

According to the students themselves, the project is so popular they had to be wait-listed. "Me and my housemate were planning on going a week ago, a week and a half ago, and we found that there is a waiting list to actually get into the grave, so it's quite popular, so we didn't get the chance yet, but I plan to go sometime soon whenever I move up," said one of the students Sean McLaughlin.

Popularised by campus posters under the title "memento mori", Latin for "remember you will die", the grave experience can be booked for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to three hours.

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