from Photographers' Blog:

Coffin therapy

December 17, 2012

By Sheng Li

After many days trying to set-up an interview at the Ruoshui Mental Health Clinic, which resides within a commercial apartment building in Shenyang, China, I finally received a call from the owner on December 12 who granted me the access and opportunity to photograph one of their “death experience therapy” patients.

from FaithWorld:

“Well-dying course” in South Korea includes test run in a coffin

By Reuters Staff
July 7, 2011

(A woman, donning a traditional yellow hemp robe, lies down in a coffin during a "well-dying? course in Seoul July 4, 2011/Truth Leem)

from FaithWorld:

Paris death salon shows life and new trends in funeral industry

April 8, 2011

Salon de la Mort 1

(A television journalist speaks to camera as she tests a coffin on show at the 'Salon de la Mort' -- Salon of Death -- in Paris April 7, 2011/Charles Platiau)

from FaithWorld:

Pope John Paul’s coffin to be exhumed for faithful

February 18, 2011

jp2 coffin

(The coffin of the late Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 8, 2005/Yves Herman)

from Rolfe Winkler:

Unemployed Japanese living in 30sqft “capsules”

January 2, 2010

Sad/fascinating piece from Hiroko Tabuchi in NYT: For some in Japan, Home is a tiny plastic bunk