Recently, a South Korean professor uses VR to allow a mother to unite with her passed away daughter, who died from an unidentified disease, and the reunion was filmed into a documentary with a green screen in the back to integrate the reality and virtual for better presentation. the setting created an emotional scene that drew a lot of attention from the internet. People taking sides when talking about ethics in such an application of VR technology.
One side of the discussion was that this application of VR allows people to meet with their passed one is against moral and that if one has passed away, we should let it rest in peace. more concern about this application is the psychological effect on the user who uses the technology, one might build a strong dependent relationship with the technology if they can’t overcome the grief of losing loved ones. The other side sees a new opportunity of relief and forgiveness in this application of VR. Usually, people who can’t overcome the grief of losing loved ones is because they blame themselves for not taking care of their loved ones. This Korean mother has been experiencing self-accusation for the death of her daughter because she thinks it was her fault. Therefore, letting her unite with her daughter in virtual reality will allow her to forgive herself to prevent further psychological diseases like depression.