A man has been buried alive in a coffin for 3 days in a bid to raise awareness for people suffering from addiction and depression.
The man simply identified as, John, who was a former addict would be buried with the benefits of a mod con (a well-equipped modern house) and broadband internet.
During the three-day stint, John will be broadcasting stories of hope and advice to help those who are struggling with addiction and depression.
The coffin which was dug by a manufacturing and construction company is big enough for john to sit up or lie down and it has been kitted with electronics and broadband internet.
John’s live stream from the coffin would broadcast live on Facebook and on Walking Free website, a charity foundation established by John to help people suffering from addiction.
He would also be able to take calls, emails, Skype and texts from people around the world, who in turn will share their stories, live streaming through the coffin.
John who is a committed Christian has been happily married for 20 years to his wife, Trish. He expressed that he is both privileged and humbled to help those who have lost all hope.
He said: “I’m a former addict and I’ve been clean and sober for 25 years, I’m making a very large coffin, I’m burying it in East Belfast and I’m going to live in it for three days.”
“I know this is a radical move but people are continually contacting me who are either try to kill themselves or who know friends or family who are. My plan is to speak to them from the grave before they get there and show them hope.”
“People will communicate with me how they have navigated and overcome trauma, coping with addicted children or family members as well as addiction to substance and behavior.”
John’s exploits can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #GraveChat. His journey started on Wednesday, March 1.