Virtual graves are a Japanese tech company's solution to expensive funerals and limited plot land. "Shukatsu," meaning, "preparing for the end" follows the concept of normalizing death, while providing a unique opportunity within the world of virtual and augmented reality.
The service, being offered through tombstone engraving company 'Ryoshin Sekizai,' enables users to virtually experience a loved ones funeral through the convenience of a smartphone screen and the Suma Tomb app. Through this method, families can pay their respects without having to travel to remote areas, ensuring no one misses an opportunity to say Goodbye. Family members can choose the grave site and include pictures and videos of the deceased, offering a cost-effective alternative that can run as smoothly and tastefully as desired.
Much like social media allowing for remote connection, virtual graves offer those mourning with the ability to connect to the deceased.