Incredibly moving video shows grieving mum tearfully ‘reunited’ with dead daughter, 7, in virtual reality

A GRIEVING mother has been “reunited” with her dead daughter again thanks to virtual reality technology. Jang Ji-sung took part in South Korean documentary I Met You, which followed...

A GRIEVING mother has been “reunited” with her dead daughter again thanks to virtual reality technology.

Jang Ji-sung took part in South Korean documentary I Met You, which followed the journey of a production team who created the VR.

 Jang Ji-sung reaches out to daughter Nayeon who died when she was just seven
Jang Ji-sung reaches out to daughter Nayeon who died when she was just sevenCredit: YouTube / MBCdocumentary
 The mother couldn't touch or feel her virtual reality daughter but could see and listen to her
The mother couldn’t touch or feel her virtual reality daughter but could see and listen to herCredit: YouTube / MBCdocumentary

Jang’s seven-year-old daughter Nayeon died from a rare incurable disease in 2016.

In the simulation, a virtual version of Nayeon can be seen in a recreation of a park that was special to both mother and daughter.

In an incredibly moving clip posted to YouTube Jang is seen visibly distressed at first as she can see her daughter but can’t really touch or hug her.

However, by the end of the experience she appears to enjoy it and is able to “hold” her virtual daughter’s hand, have a birthday party and put her to bed.

 The mother was visibly upset during the start of the experience
The mother was visibly upset during the start of the experienceCredit: YouTube / MBCdocumentary

At the end of the simulation, Nayeon is seen turning into a butterfly and floating away.

The mother said: “Maybe it’s a real paradise. I met Nayeon, who called me with a smile, for a very short time, but it’s a very happy time.

“I think I’ve had the dream I’ve always wanted.”

In order to achieve the simulation, a child actor was used for motion capture.

Then Nayeon’s voice and a virtual creation of her likeness were added.

Nayeon’s father, brother and sister also watched the reunion from the sidelines on a different screen.

 The mother was able to put her daughter to bed in the virtual world
The mother was able to put her daughter to bed in the virtual worldCredit: YouTube / MBCdocumentary
 At the end of the simulation, the young girl floated away as a butterfly
At the end of the simulation, the young girl floated away as a butterflyCredit: YouTube / MBCdocumentary

It was emotional experience for everyone involved, with Jang crying when the virtual version of her daughter ran towards her and said: “Where have you been, Mum? Did you think about me?”

Jang replied: “I do all the time.”

According to the Independent, Jang explained in a now shut-down blog why she had taken part in the experience.

She reportedly said she wanted to provide comfort for “someone who has lost a child like me, or who has lost a brother or a parent”.

She added: “Three years later, I now think I should love her more than I miss her… so that I can be confident when I meet her later.

“I hope many people will remember Nayeon after watching the show.”

 The green screen room also turned dark
The green screen room also turned darkCredit: YouTube / MBCdocumentary

Spielberg fans will notice that this scenario is similar to the plot of 2001 film A.I Artificial Intelligence.

During the film, robot child David longs to spend one last day with his now deceased mother who died long before him because she was human but he was capable of living forever.

What is VR? Virtual reality explained

Here’s what you need to know about the revolutionary tech…

  • Virtual reality allows you to experience and interact with a 3D world that isn’t real.
  • To enter this virtual world you must don a VR helmet – a headset with a screen inside that makes you feel like you’re somewhere else.
  • This mounted display strapped to your eyes mixed with stereo sound and movement tracking lets you explore this immersive virtual world.
  • You turn your head and the environement turns with you, making the illusion feel even more “real”.
  • Currently headsets span from expensive PC-linked helmets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to more affordable goggles like the Samsung Gear VR that works by slotting a smartphone in the headset.
  • The downloadable apps range from VR games to 360-degree videos created by publishers like the BBC and The Discovery Channel.
  • They can transport you to 3D worlds that aren’t accessible in real life, like a trip to Mars or a spin behind the wheel of a futuristic sports car.
  • Until recently, these experiences relied on a PC or smartphone to generate this virtual world.
  • But there are alternatives– like the Oculus Go, a wireless headset with a built-in processor that does all the work itself.

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Would you ever use VR to reconnect with a deceased loved one? Let us know in the comments below…

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