03/04/2013 07:08 BST | Updated 03/06/2013 06:12 BST

Chinese Student Zeng Jia Hosts Own Funeral (PICTURES)

A student has hosted her own funeral – because she felt experiencing “death” would make her appreciate life more keenly.

Zeng Jia paid for a full-blown service, complete with mourners, flowers and photographers.

The 22-year-old even hired a team of cosmetic artists to make her “body” look more convincing.


Zeng Jia lies in state beneath origami doves, with a Hello Kitty doll placed on her chest

Zeng lay in state for an hour – with a Hello Kitty doll on her chest and origami doves hanging above her coffin – before getting up to join in her own wake.

"It struck me that people spend all that time and effort on someone when they are gone and they cannot appreciate it," explained Zeng, from Wuhan, Hubei province.


Zeng says the experience has enabled her to appreciate life more keenly


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