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South Korean Seniors Learn How to Die ‘Well’ to Curb Suicide

Park Kyung Rye enrolled in a “well-dying” class in Seoul when the death of her husband of six decades left the 80-year-old South Korean battling thoughts of suicide.

Lonely and ailing she sought relief in the six-week course that seeks to show seniors how to appreciate life by preparing for death. The well-dying class -- the name is a play on well-being -- reflects efforts to combat the developed world’s highest elderly suicide rate. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates 37 percent of the population will be older than 65 by 2050, a trend that President Park Geun Hye called “frightening” early this year.