Elderly Irishman buries himself alive to teach young people a lesson

July 5, 2017 4:33 pm Last Updated: July 5, 2017 4:33 pm

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of creative ways people have come up with to encourage today’s young people to avoid drugs. One Irish man decided to think outside the box by placing himself inside the box. In other words, he arranged for himself to be buried alive!

“I’m desperate to reach as many people as possible,” John Edwards said.


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Dubliner John Edwards was a drug addict for over 20 years. He has lived on the streets, been in mental homes, overdosed about 20 times, he was sexually, physically, and mentally abused, he has had a liver transplant and had cancer twice, he also had Hepatitis C from dirty needles as well as other maladies but his strong spirit has prevailed.

Since he got his act together some 26 years ago, he has been working with addicted, suicidal, and mentally broken people. He’s been doing anything and everything possible to raise awareness and provide guidance to those seeking it. For his most recent experiment Edwards arranged to be buried alive for three days under the streets of Belfast. The coffin was buried near Willowfield Parish Church, with a tombstone reading “JOHN EDWARDS…www.walkingfree.org” and the hashtag #Gravechat.  The coffin he stayed in was large enough to allow him to sit.

“I’m not claustrophobic, but when you get in, it is a bit freaky,” Edwards said.

Edwards will be buried underground in his 8×3.5×3.5 feet coffin in support the Walking Free foundation, a non-profit charity that he established to help those addicted and suicidal find the help they need. In the coffin, Edwards will be available for live chats and support around the clock, since he has his internet set up.

“It’s a bit of a gimmick, I know. But it gets the attention of people,” Edwards said.

He revealed that people dealing with suicidal thoughts especially found comfort in talking to him. He himself had been in that situation and even though he has no formal training, he has a lot of experience dealing with addiction and depression. To deal with the adversity, Edwards turned to God.

“The rest of us don’t know when we will be buried, when our lives will end – but for every Christian there is the confident hope of life forever because of what Jesus has won for us on the cross,” Rector David McClay said, according to Daily Disruption.