A man who lost his child in the Sewol ferry tragedy unexpectedly got a reply from his dead son’s smartphone recently.
A few weeks ago, the father sent a KakaoTalk message to his son, saying, “I don’t know what to say about the world without you. Please reply to me,” without any expectations.
A message sent to a man who lost his child in the Sewol ferry tragedy from a new smartphone user
An hour later, however, he got the reply, “Live happily. I am fine and I love you.”
Later it was found that a smartphone user who had recently changed his number had responded to the father’s message to comfort him.
“The person is very warm-hearted. My child must be very glad in heaven,” the father told a local media outlet.
Phone numbers of the deceased are usually terminated right after a person’s death, when the family cancels them by bringing the confirmation of death to a telecom operator.
However, not all families of the Sewol ferry sinking victims canceled their children’s smartphone numbers. Jeon Myung-sun is one of them.
“I couldn’t cancel the number as friends of my son still call and send messages. I sometimes look at it and reply to them,” Jeon said.
“Families still wish their children were alive. It is necessary to understand their broken hearts,” said Kim Hyun-jeong, a professor at the National Medical Center.