South Korean man Kim Jung-soo,51, was briefly reunited with his late wife, thanks to virtual reality. The scene was part of the Korean docu-series I Meet You (or Meeting You as some suggest), and it was so emotional that many viewers joined him as he wept.
The MBC documentary is on its second season, and this episode alone took six months to prepare. The Korean broadcast company had to recreate different interactions and Kim's wife's voice by connecting an actor's voice to make her sound as close to Kim's wife as possible.
Kim, father of five, almost didn't get to have the touching moment since his daughters thought it would be "too painful."
However, the daughters realized that supporting him to gain closure was the only way for him to make peace with the loss.
Kim's oldest, Jong-bin, said they wanted to move on and believed it would be "tricky to do that without agreeing with what their father wanted to do."
Kim's other daughter, Jong-Yun said about the parent's relationship:
"He would kiss her from time to time when working, when eating, or when watching TV."
The girl continued:
"Even when my mother was sick and lost her hair, my father would say that she was pretty and carried her around."
This isn't the reunion this family deserved, but it's a step towards healing. Here's the video:
Virtual Reality, Real Grief
This isn't the first time this VR show left the viewers and participants in shock.
Just last year, a mother was briefly reunited with her late daughter. It was a heart-wrenching moment as Jang Ji-sung saw her child for the first time since 2016 when her young child died from blood cancer.
This reunion took one year to take place, and apart from the grieving mother, it introduced the late girl's father, brother, and two sisters. The girl was only 7, so people were still left in tears despite the pandemic and the everyday horrors.
This glimpse into the virtual afterlife is brief, and many might think it's not real. But, for people who lost their loved ones, it's everything.
After all the Zoom funerals and facing our mortality, we all need different ways to make peace with the situation. VR can serve as a form of therapy, a comfort, and it seems it did a decent job to help these families.
Here's the video of a mother seeing her sweet daughter via virtual reality: