As reported by a local newspaper, Alpha Club Musashino, a Tokyo-based company specializing in funeral services, is exploring the metaverse as a solution to address the emotional challenges of grief.
The company is developing a virtual cemetery that can be accessed by friends and family of the deceased person at any time.
The concept behind this initiative is to make it possible for family and friends — especially those living far away or with busy schedules — to pay their respects virtually.
Users can access the metaverse cemetery via their computer or mobile phones, represented by avatars, and join others in virtually commemorating their loved ones.
Within this virtual space, users will have the ability to view photos of the deceased, offer virtual flowers, leave messages in condolence books, and engage in conversations with others using an embedded chat function.
The company is even considering employing artificial intelligence to create a digital representation of the deceased person — including appearance, voice, and personality.
The release of this virtual space is expected by the end of the year.
This project exemplifies how Web3’s digital solutions are successfully addressing real-world barriers and challenges.
A similar trend can be observed in the world of weddings. In August 2022, Taco Bell offered couples across the United States a chance to win their first-ever virtual, legally binding metaverse wedding package.
Likewise, in June 2022, footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng and Valentina Fradegrada made history as the first couple to tie the knot in the metaverse, complete with NFT-based wedding invitations.