The controversial case of a mother who reunites with her dead daughter with a virtual reality viewer

The controversial case of a mother who reunites with her dead daughter with a virtual reality viewer


Jang Ji-sung wanted to say goodbye to his deceased daughter for the last time and used technology to finalize the meeting

For many of us, pain is a devastating but inevitable part of our lives. Especially if it is the death of a child.

However, a mother in South Korea has used the
        
virtual reality
        
 to deal with the loss of her 7 year old girl.

Jang Ji-sung's third daughter, Na-yeon, died four years ago because of an incurable blood disease.

A television production team spent eight months recreating a three-dimensional image of Na-yeon.

To do this, they used motion capture technology to record the movements of a child actor, which were then used to recreate those of Na-yeon and reproduce his voice.

They also designed a virtual park where mother and daughter met, based on one they had visited in real life.

The documentary is called "Meeting you", it was aired on MBC, a major television network, and had millions of viewers in South Korea.

The most exciting scene happened when mother and daughter "reunited."

Na-yeon's virtual recreation ran to his mother saying, "Mam, where have you been? Did you think of me?"

Between sobs, the mother tried to hug her daughter's virtual image while the producer team watched excitedly.

Other family members present were visibly affected.

"Meet" with dead loved ones


The producer spent eight months developing the hologram of the deceased girl and the stage where she met with her mother

The producer spent eight months developing the hologram of the deceased girl and the stage where she met with her mother

The documentary has sparked a debate about the moral and psychological implications of "reuniting" with deceased loved ones.

While some believe it can provide relief, others think it prevents people from moving forward with their lives. Some have accused the MBC chain of taking advantage of the mother's pain.

A 10-minute video was posted on YouTube and has been viewed more than 13 million times with about 19,000 comments.