The Heartbreaking Reason Why Everyone Is “Smiling” At The Wake Of Actress Yoo Joo Eun’s Funeral

May she rest in peace.

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This article includes descriptions of suicide or self harm that may disturb some readers.

Earlier, it was reported that on August 29, actress Yoo Joo Eun, who is best known for appearing in Joseon Survival Period, had passed away by way of suicide.

Yoo Joo Eun | Gukjenews

After the actress’s passing, several photos of the actress’s schoolmates from the Korea National University Of Arts at her funeral wake has gone viral. The pictures are reported to have been posted by members of the alumni themselves.

Netizens were first shocked to see that the alumni’s looked as if they were smiling, but upon a further glance, it is evident that many had tears in their eyes.

Yoo Joo Eun’s wake | Dispatch

Fly, Princess…

— Former Schoolmate

The schoolmates posed with a picture of the actress, pointing at her and drawing hearts with their arms.

Yoo Joo Eun’s wake | Dispatch

Goodbye Joo Eun

— Former Schoolmate

At first, netizens may have found the juxtaposition of smiles in a funeral wake odd until they realized the heartbreaking reason they did so.

According to reports, the actress’s schoolmates did so to fulfill the actress’s last wish. It has been reported that the actress had asked that her funeral wake be one not filled with sadness, but instead filled with friends and that they take care of one another. It is reported that the actress had also asked that they don’t cry.

Yoo Joo Eun debuted in 2018 and starred in the dramas Big Forest and Joseon Survival Period. The actress was only 27 when she passed.

 

Source: Dispatch