Last year, when my 50 something sis in law died last year, the family told the funeral makeup artist not to make her like a tart. They did her very elegantly.
A young make up artist finds herself in an underwhelming career with a embalmer-undertaker.
It wasn’t a job she signed up for, but she kept on because of the money. It surprisingly paid well. Working with a very experienced embalmer, she learns that there is honour in the job.
It then becomes a personal journey for her, too.
Watch ‘Sunflowers’《太阳花》by Quek Shio Chuan:
‘Sunflowers’ 《太阳花》was inspired by the death of his grandfather’s death, says Quek.
“Looking at the him for the last time through the glass panel of the coffin, lots of emotional thoughts rushed through my head. But of all things, the pearl placed on his lips caught my attention.”
Quek’s curiosity about the symbolic pearls into afterlife led him to discover more about the life and work of undertakers, the bereavement industry, and the tangle of emotions and strife family members of the deceased often have.
Also Watch: ‘Guang’, a short and inspiring drama by Quek by true events about his brother’s autism.