Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Swiss kids have been presented with funeral themed Lego – including a ghoulish crematorium – to help them understand death.
The exhibition held in the city of Lucerne, in central Switzerland was all about the finite nature of life.
The Lego sets which include Lego coffins, Lego funeral cars, Lego urns as well as Lego graves and crematoriums were originally produced by Vienna’s Funeral Museum, located at the Vienna Central Cemetery in the Austrian capital and explores the Austrian history of burial.
The aim of the Lego sets is to help children confront and come to terms with death.
The Lego sets include life-like remakes of crematorium coffins, graves, funeral directors as well as old-fashioned funeral trams as well as funeral horses and carts used in state funerals.
The sets also include a set of mourners including a mother, father, child and a skeleton together with a funeral hearse.
Johannes Ruchti, Organiser of the Funeral Exhibition and Funeral Director said: “The Lego sets help kids confront death in a playful manner.”
The Lego sets which include things such as the Lego Graveyard costs 89.90 EUR (77 GBP) and contains 324 pieces to complete a coffin with lid, small figures, a grave as well as a digger.
The crematorium oven retails at 61.90 EUR (53 GBP) and contains a crematorium oven, urn, coffin and a worker.
The funeral coach and horses is priced at 55.90 EUR (48 GBP) and includes the funeral coach, horses, funeral worker and coffin.
The Vienna Funeral Museum is a popular visitor attraction with over 1,000 exhibits which offer an insight into funeral customs, burial rites, funerary art and the special Viennese perspective on death
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