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She will die for her piece of jewellery

 Strassenkreuzer (Germany) 20 May 2019

(Originally published: 01/2010) Years ago, Christa Lang had a near-death experience at which she decided to give her live a new meaningful existence. Lang had heard of people designing their own coffins. She envisioned hers adorned with flowers in her favourite shade of purple. Coincidentally, she met Andrea Brendel who holds of passion for painting and experiencing with colours. She found Christa’s idea so strange, yet enticing, that she decided to paint her own coffin. (853 words) - By Ilse Weiß

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Years ago, Christa Lang had a near-death experience at which she decided to give her live a new meaningful existence. In doing so, she also let her future coffin be painted so that her life will be a colourful and happy memory.

 

However, how can a 62-year old woman come up with the idea to put a painted coffin in her flat to be buried in once she passes away? In Japan, there is a tradition in which people from the countryside put their burial case in front of their door. But in Europe? Particularly in Germany, on the sixth floor in a three-room-apartment in Nuremberg?

 

Referring back to the year 1988 when Christa had gotten ill and almost died. For her, this was the beginning of her second life, in which she wanted to live consciously. She had broken up with her partner and put her life back in order. Since then, she treats herself everyday; smelling flowers, listening to bird calls, practicing yoga or meditating.

 

Christa Lang had heard of people designing their own coffins. She envisioned hers adorned with flowers in her favourite shade of purple. Coincidentally, she met Andrea Brendel who holds of passion for painting and experiencing with colours. She found Christa's idea so strange, yet enticing, that she decided to paint her own coffin.

 

During that time, some friends had not shown up because they were intimidated by the symbol of death. However, others visited her because of an unexplainable curiosity.

 

Christa Lang is happy with her colourful coffin in her living room. Every day, she proudly looks at it, imagining her funeral and the mourners leaving after the coffin is sunk into the ground, but still remembering purple flowers and butterflies.

 

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