Thanks to Bestattungsmuseum, the Funeral Museum in Vienna’s famous central cemetery, has now decided to help kids who are grieving the death of a family member.
Death can often be a tricky subject for adults and especially for kids as well. It is never easy to explain the concept of death to a child when a close family member passes away. The taboo around death could create a sense of emptiness in a child's mind, especially when he or she is surrounded by grieving family members.
But thanks to Bestattungsmuseum, the Funeral Museum in Vienna’s famous central cemetery, has now decided to help the kids who are visiting the place. This is to ensure they can better understand such issues and for that, they have introduced LEGO kits based on somber funeral scenes, reports Bored Panda.
“We established the first product made of LEGO components in 2016,” museum spokesperson Dr. Florian Keusch told the publication. “First it was a historical tram, which brought dead bodies to the Viennese central cemetery and was used in Vienna between the first and second world wars. This tram was for collectors, and then we made a truck and a historical hearse.”
The gift shop at the cemetery museum unveiled the custom Lego sets designed to help kids with questions over death. The Vienna cemetery is considered to be one of the largest in the world with over 330,000 graves and tombs spread over 590 acres. It is also known to be the place that houses the graves of famous personalities such as Beethoven and Strauss.
“In 2018 my team and I were thinking about new products made of LEGO components. We had a few questions from grieving customers like: “Can I take our children with us to the funeral of our grandfather?” or “my child is grieving, what can I do?” and so on.” Dr. Keusch said.
“So we were brainstorming, how we can help children to overcome their grief. We have developed the crematoria, the cemetery with an excavator, the mourning family with a female and a male dead body and a skeleton and a historical horse buggy.”
The Lego sets include a World War I-era funeral tram, mini-figures in mourning, Lego graveyard with tombstone and excavator, a crematorium oven with a casket and urn, a fourgon for transporting the deceased, a bereaved family with the skeleton of the deceased.
“We have integrated the Wiener Landesverband für Psychotherapie (Viennese Association of Psychotherapists) and ensured that the new products made of LEGO components were useful for therapy with children, and for parents with children, who were suffering from their loss. With these products, they can describe the process and the children can process their grief,” Dr. Keusch noted.
“They were made by an Austrian company – we created the design together with them and they produced the packaging, the manual and they organized the bricks and put it together in the box. It is not an official LEGO product, so we call it, for example, ‘crematoria made of LEGO components," he concluded. As bizarre as the idea sounds, the company has launched over 300 funeral items in Lego sets for children.
Meanwhile, the cemetery was also in news, as it became extremely popular among Japanese tourists who liked to visit the graves of famous personalities. A Japanese undertaker has also reportedly reserved 300 plots at the cemetery for Japanese tourists who wish to be buried among some of the greats like Beethoven when they pass away, reports DesignYouTrust.
So what do you think about these morbid Lego sets? Do you think it is inappropriate or is it an important step towards helping out the grieving children?