South Koreans Face Lonely Deaths As Traditions Fade (Video)


A growing number of old people are dying lonely deaths in South Koreadue to changing values and fragmented family ties.

In modern day South Korea family ties are fragmenting. Now, over a million people live - and increasingly die - alone.

Sixty-two-year-old Yoon Sook-hee died earlier this month, but joined a growing number of elderly people facing death alone. She had no family willing to pay for her funeral, and was cremated thanks to volunteers who never even knew her.

Seventy-three-year-old Kong Kyung-soon who lives on her own in her tiny apartment in Seoul, says, "Whenever I tell my sister I want to die, she tells me I can after I come up with money for my funeral expenses."

The government does offer welfare help to the elderly, but in a country ageing faster than all other industrial nations, many fall low on the list.

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