Ukrainians Use “Coffin Therapy” to Relax and Get Used to Death

The new therapy's inventor claims laying in an empty coffin helps "get used to eternity"

By on December 3rd, 2012 10:57 GMT

Stepan Piryanyk, a Ukrainian entrepreneur, has invented the “coffin therapy,” a novel kind of psychotherapy to help people relax.

What might appear to us as a totally strange recreation is nothing uncommon for the Ukrainian inventor, since the coffin was a normal accessory in the house ever since his childhood.

“At one time our parents, as a rule, kept a coffin in the attic. Then our grandma - who didn't have an attic - came to us because she lived in an apartment,” he declared, as cited by Sky News.

“She asked us to make something that she could put in her apartment. So we decided to make her a coffin couch. You lay down (on it) in the evening and slowly get used to eternity.”

15 minutes of facing death inside an empty casket in a confession-like manner are charged $25 (€19.17).

However, the novel therapy has risen strong objections from scientists, as well as religious people.

“If psychotherapy pays attention to death and the attributes of death in seances, then this could cause psychological distortions, maybe not at once, just after the seances but later,” said psychiatrist Vasily Pavlov.

“At minimum, a depressed state, at maximum it could even provoke some suicidal things.”

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